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Preview: Washington Redskins host Miami Dolphins in Week 1

What you need to know about the Redskins' regular season opener against the Dolphins.

Week 1: Washington Redskins (0-0) v. Miami Dolphins (0-0)

Kick Off: Sunday, September 13, 1PM EST

Location: FedEx Field


Television: CBS


Radio: Redskins Radio Network


Odds: Miami (-4)

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What to know

  • Cousins brings an aggressive streak onto the field. Based on the weapons around him, playing the role of game manager can work. Ideally the Redskins allow running backs Alfred Morris and, to a lesser extent, Matt Jones take control. Helping all of the above, the return of DeSean Jackson. The dynamic wide out missed all of preseason with a sprained shoulder. Now he's back and Jackson will have a major role in expanding the offense beyond the run game. Have the Redskins figured out the best way to use the home run threat entering his second season is the question.
  • The play of the defense, a unit that disappointed last season, will be on true display for the first time this year. You only get one first impression. The secondary won't be at full strength because of Bashaud Breeland’s suspension. That means others must hold steady against a heavy dose of slot receiver Jarvis Landry and tight end Jordan Cameron.
  • Also in the spotlight, the play of Preston Smith and Trent Murphy, the two players expected to fill in at OLB for the injured Junior Galette. The potential and playmakers are there to make Joe Barry’s aggressive defensive style work, but the Redskins will need to remember their fundamentals if they want to succeed. Missed tackles were all too common in the preseason.



Matchup History: The Dolphins lead the all-time series 8-5. The two teams have only gone head-to-head twice in the last decade, but have played two Super Bowls against each other. We know who won the last one...


Rankings (2014): Washington finshed 26th in points scored and 29th in points allowed. Miami ranked 11th and 20th respectively.


Miami’s Strength: Boasting the combination of Ndamukong Suh, Cameron Wake, Olivier Vernon, and Earl Mitchell, the Dolphins have one of the best, if not the best, defensive lines in the NFL. Washington struggled on the O-line last year but has overhauled the talent on the line over the offseason, and seems to have put together, overall, a much better unit. Combined with Bill Callahan’s power blocking attack, rather than the zone blocking of year past, the boosted O-line will have a chance to establish the inside run against Miami, but it won’t be easy.


Fantasy Focus: Start your Dolphins. Expect Jordan Cameron and Jarvis Landry to catch quite a few passes on check down routes as Ryan Tannehill will have to get rid of it more quickly than usual. Lamar Miller will be a viable RB2 for much the same reason, especially in PPR leagues.

Prediction: The additions to the receiving corps and defensive line are shaping up Miami to be one of the most improved teams in the league in relation to last season. The Skins will falter in this one with a poor defensive effort. Score: Miami 24-10.

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