Game Preview: Washington at Miami

The Dolphins will attempt to build off their first victory of the season when they take on the Washington Redskins at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday. In Washington, the Dolphins face a team that has sputtered after getting off to a quick 2-0 start, so it's a great opportunity for Coach Tony Sparano's team to make it two in a row.

WHO: Washington Redskins (3-5) at Miami Dolphins (1-7)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

SITE: Sun Life Stadium

SURFACE: Natural Grass

TV: FOX, Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jaime Maggio

PREDICTION: Dolphins, 27-22

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Redskins are so beat up offensively that newly-signed WR David Anderson figures to be involved heavily in the game plan. QB John Beck has had a difficult time working the ball downfield. Rookie RB Roy Helu caught 14 passes last week, but for only a 7.5-yard average. Meanwhile, Dolphins QB Matt Moore is beginning to show better command of the offense while getting help from RB Reggie Bush in the form of explosive plays. Washington's last four opponents have averaged 4.7 yards per carry.

FAST FACTS: Coach Mike Shanahan is 9-15 with the Redskins; predecessor Jim Zorn was 12-20 before being fired. ... Bush is averaging 6.4 yards per carry the past four games, although on just 48 total carries.

PERSONNEL NEWS

Redskins

--FS Oshimogho Atgowe, who missed last Sunday's game with San Francisco with an ailing knee, didn't practice on Thursday and is questionable at best for Sunday's game at Miami.

--OT Jamal Brown, who pulled his left groin against the 49ers, didn't practice again on Thursday. Coach Mike Shanahan said he's unlikely to play against the Dolphins. Sean Locklear will start if Brown can't.

--SS LaRon Landry, who missed the preseason with an ailing Achilles, returned on Thursday after missing practice on Wednesday when it flared up again.

--ILB Keyaron Fox missed practice again on Thursday with an ailing knee and a skin infection.

--OLB Markus White returned on Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice with a reaction to something he ate.

Dolphins

--LB Kevin Burnett had just 10 tackles combined in the Dolphins' first three games. Against the Giants he registered 10 tackles, and in Sunday's win over the Chiefs he contributed 12 tackles and 1.5 sacks. It's clear he's getting more comfortable in the Dolphins' 3-4 scheme.

-- FB Charles Clay continues to get more involved each week in the game plan. Clay, a rookie who also serves as the team's second tight end, caught three passes for 50 yards against the Chiefs. He's averaging 18.4 yards on his seven receptions this season.

-- FS Tyrone Culver inherited the starting spot when Reshad Jones sustained a knee injury, and the NFL journeyman hasn't relinquished it, starting three straight games, even though Jones has been healthy enough to play. In last Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Culver, whom this regime forced to take a pay cut two months ago, contributed three tackles and a sack.

-- WR Clyde Gates is battling a groin injury that forced him to sit out the Giants game, but he returned to his usual role as the Dolphins' kickoff returner against the Chiefs. However, Gates, who is averaging 22.1 yards per kickoff return, didn't return a single kickoff.


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