The Washington Redskins shot themselves in the foot multiple times. If not for those mistakes, the game clearly would have been a win for the Redskins. The Skins did score a TD, which was called back, missed 2 field goals in Gano’s range and had another easy TD chance within 5 yards of the goal line, but an interception took that one away. A 20-9 loss could easily have been a (22-29)-20 win for the Redskins.
The talk of the morning was the decision by Mike Shanahan to start Rex Grossman, the QB he benched 4 weeks into the season. He then started John Beck for a few weeks and after no wins with him, back to Grossman. Grossman was sent to the hospital with pneumonia after the Carolina loss, which could explain why he did not return right away, which would look better for Shanahan, but switching out QBs like this does nothing for a struggling offense.
The Dolphins scored on their first drive to take the lead at 7-0 and recorded to sacks on Grossman in the first 3 minutes of the game. Not a good start. Graham Gano after making an historic 59 yard field goal last week missed his first FG from 50 yards.
The Redskins defense struck hard with a great Ryan Kerrigan sack and strip to give Miami 3rd and 31, then an interception by Kevin Barnes who ran it back to give Redskins 1st and goal. Ryan Torain ran in for a TD, but it was called back due to a holding call against Washington. 11 yards was clearly too far away from the goal line to get a TD, so they settle for a FG. 7-3 Miami.
In the 2nd quarter, the Dolphins were into the redzone again, but the D holds them to a FG. 10-3 Miami. Rex Grossman threw his first interception of the game, however, you could blame this on the receiver. Miami again held out of the end zone, but this time misses their FG. Then it’s the Redskins turn for a FG and this time it’s good. 10-6 Miami. That’s the halftime score. Easy pickings for either team.
In the 3rd quarter, it’s Ryan “Going to the Pro Bowl For Sure” Kerrigan who strips another ball and gives the Redskins the ball. The defense is basically handing the offense all these gifts of which they do nothing about. Ryan Torain ran a great route, but again, called back for a holding call. Another FG for the Redskins. 10-9 Miami. Then another FG for Miami. 13-9 Miami.
In the 4th quarter, like all Redskins fans, you get hopeful. The offense is meshing. Passes are being caught. The sticks are moving down the field. The Skins get their chance for a TD, again, but Rex Grossman’s “Train-Rex” shows his ugly head and throws an interception. When the commentators make comments about the “Train-Rex” you know you’re in trouble. Miami capitalizes from that mistake with a TD. 20-9 Miami. Grossman will get sacked 2 more times in the 4th quarter, Gano misses another FG and game over.
The offensive #s look identical for both teams. No passing TDs. Low rushing yards (but 2 TDs for Miami) and good passing yards. The breakout player for the Redskins was Rookie Leonard Hankerson, but he left the game injured with a “right rip strain.” Great.
Game Over. Season Over. With Dallas pummeling the Bills and the Eagles losing to the Cardinals, leaves both the Redskins and the Eagles in the dust of the NFC East. What perfect timing too! The Cowboys are coming to FedEx next week. GREAT!
About the Author
Written by Mercedes Green
I lived in Greene County Virginia for about 5 years of my childhood. This span of time was enough to imprint the love of the Washington Redskins (and hate of the Dallas Cowboys) into my life forever, even though I am Canadian and still live in Canada. I am in no way an expert on sports, football, or even the Redskins, but I do absolutely adore them, their fans and their home state(s). My favourite Redskin is and will always be Darrell Green (not because we share the same last name lol). I've adored Chris Cooley since he joined the team from the 2004 draft and love London Fletcher. Hail to the Redskins! See you October 30th in my home town of Toronto.