Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) drops back to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) drops back to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Kirk Cousins’ 2015 NFL season debut wasn’t a success in terms of his stat sheet or even a check in the win column but it was a step in the right direction for the Washington NFL team. With a quarterback shakeup being decided less than three weeks ago, Washington arrived for their home season opener at FedEx Field with a lot of uncertainty, but the team held strong despite a 17-10 loss. Washington opened the season with a 10-0 lead over the visiting Dolphins but Miami would go on to score the next 17 straight points, including a 69-yard punt return from receiver Jarvis Landry that gave Miami its first lead of the day late in the game.

Washington’s defense did a solid job of containing Miami’s attack, and feature running

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86) catches a touchdown pass over Miami Dolphins strong safety Reshad Jones (20) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86) catches a touchdown pass over Miami Dolphins strong safety Reshad Jones (20) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

back Alfred Morris rumbled for 121 yards. Cousins threw two interceptions but passed for 195 yards and hooked up with tight end Jordan Reed for a second quarter touchdown. The loss soured the day for Washington, but Cousins’ performance didn’t create the typical infuriating experience that accompanied numerous Robert Griffin III starts last season. Washington wasn’t explosive offensively but dominated the day with 37:54 in time of possession over Miami’s 2:06 and out-gained Miami 349 yards to 256.

Washington had its chances to secure more points but couldn’t find a consistent rhythm on offense. It didn’t help that receiver DeSean Jackson was in and out the lineup for most of the day with hamstring issues, and Miami was able to key in on Washington’s offense. Washington will prepare itself for another home showdown next Sunday, Sept. 20 with the St. Louis Rams (1-0).