Despite a switch at signal caller, the Washington Redskins still managed to drop their fifth game in a row in a 20-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 13 at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium. In a dreary performance from quarterback Rex Grossman, who started in place of the unimpressive John Beck, two interceptions sabotaged the Redskins’ offense, which could only generate 246 total yards of offense. The Dolphins jumped to a 10-6 halftime lead and seized control in the second half.

The Dolphins weren’t any more impressive than the Redskins but a pro-Dolphins crowd and a few clutch plays from running back Reggie Bush and wide receiver Brandon Marshall allowed Miami to stay ahead all afternoon.

The game was fitting of the Redskins’ season so far: turnovers, ineffective offense and an average defense. Washington began the final quarter trailing 13-9 with a chance to take the lead but an ill-advised pass from Grossman was intercepted after a first-and-10 at the Dolphins’ 10-yard line. The turnover was Washington’s final of the day, and their last chance at a win, as well.

The team will return to FedEx Field next Sunday for a showdown with arch-nemesis Dallas, a team the Redskins played close in an 18-16 defeat in late September. The Cowboys (5-4) however, have been playing solid football and will most likely be favored next weekend against the skidding Redskins (3-5).


Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO