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Game Preview: Dolphins vs Redskins

Photo by John McCall, South Florida Sun Sentinel

Written by Chad Hahn

The Dolphins are playing host in this battle of winless teams

Teams Records:

Washington Redskins: 0-5

Miami Dolphins: 0-4

Key Matchups:

Dolphins O-LINE vs Redskins D-LINE

Dolphins Secondary vs Redskins WRs

Keys to the game for the Dolphins:

Limit mistakes

Time of possession

Win the turnover battle

Run the ball with success

Give Josh Rosen time

What to look for:

The Dolphins have played well the last two games in the first half. However, it’s been the second half that’s the downfall, as play calling and coaching adjustments have been terrible coming out of the locker room. A point of emphasis for the coaching staff during the bye week is putting together a complete game since it’s important to provide Josh Rosen with support as he has demonstrated the capability of leading this team. That goal is easier said than done considering a fifth different starting offensive line in five games is projected so far. Let’s see if they can do it in a game they might actually win. In addition, they’ve had some extra time to study the Redskins on film because of the bye week.

On the other side, the Redskins are in the middle of a changing of the guard, firing head coach Jay Gruden and naming Bill Callahan the interim head coach as differences between the coaching staff and front office were apparent; coaches wanted to play a veteran quarterback instead of first-round selection Dwayne Haskins. Additionally, that decision led to an 0-5 start to the season, and it frankly was just too much to overcome. Callahan likes to run the ball more, so expect a heavy dose of Adrian Peterson in this game. Also, reports show that Case Keenum is expected to start at QB with Colt McCoy serving as the backup.

This game has the feel of two bad teams who are trying to identify themselves. Also, major draft implications are on the line as these two squads are part of a four-team group that is still winless on the season and definitely in the mix for two of the top five 2020 NFL draft picks. This game will only be entertaining to fans of both Washington and Miami. Let the best team win on Sunday.

Injury Report :


Player Position Injury Status

Josh Harvey-Clemons LB Hamstring DNP (-)

Wes Martin G Chest DNP (-)

Donald Penn OT Hamstring DNP (-)

Ross Pierschbacher C Illness DNP (-)

Jordan Reed TE Concussion DNP (-)

Vernon Davis TE Concussion LP (-)

Morgan Moses T Shoulder LP (-)

Brandon Scherff G Ankle LP (-)

Jerome Cunningham TE Concussion FP (-)

Quinton Dunbar CB Shoulder FP (-)

Matt Ioannidis DL Foot FP (-)

Case Keenum QB Foot FP (-)

Josh Norman CB Hand FP (-)

Chase Roullier C Knee FP (-)

Simeon Thomas DB Wrist FP (-)


Table - Injury report

Player Position Injury Status

Jesse Davis G/T Elbow LP (-)

Jakeem Grant WR Hamstring LP (-)

Trent Harris LB Foot LP (-)

Xavien Howard CB Knee LP (-)

Reshad Jones S Ankle LP (-)

Chris Lammons CB Toe LP (-)

Bobby McCain S Hamstring/Shoulder LP (-)

Mark Walton RB Illness LP (-)

Albert Wilson WR Calf/Hip LP (-)

Jomal Wiltz CB Groin LP (-)

Charles Harris DE Wrist FP (-)

Daniel Kilgore C Knee FP (-)


Practice Status

DNP - Did not participate in practice

LP - Limited participation in practice

FP - Full participation

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