The Skins try again to get back on track Sunday as they head to South Florida to take on the Dolphins, a one-win team. Of course that one win came last week against the Chiefs, and it was a 28-point win, showing that when the put it all together, they can play.
The Redskins are having major offensive issues, and below is our keys to the game as well as our final prediction as the teams set for a 1pm Sunday battle.
1. Run the Ball, Stop the Run – For the Redskins, it comes down to running the football and preventing the Dolphins from doing so. Beck’s limitations as a passer have been exposed over the last few games, in part due to the fact Washington has had virtually no ground game to speak of, but can be a serviceable game-manager with a more balanced offense and if the defense is doing its job. The Redskins are 3-0 this season when keeping opponents under 100 rushing yards and 0-5 when they surpass that number, so it’s critical that Haslett’s group prevents Miami’s running backs from having big days.
2. Beck Has to be Solid – The Dolphins’ defensive objective is simple: make Beck throw. The still- winless Washington quarterback hasn’t shown the elite arm strength to threaten a defense with deep passes and has been prone to holding on the ball and taking sacks. Miami got its pass rush working in last week’s win and will need to ratchet up the pressure again on Sunday, as the secondary has been shaky and come up with a dearth of big plays over the course of the season.
3. Red-zone efficiency – Since neither of these teams have what can be termed as explosive offenses, it’s vital to the success of each that they make the most of whatever scoring opportunities exist during the game. Miami has done a much better job in that area as of late, having produced touchdowns in all four of its red-zone possessions over the last two weeks, and it’s no coincidence that the Dolphins have been more competitive because of that improvement.
Prediction – Ah, the Super Bowl XVII between the Hogs of the Skins and the Killer Bees of the Dolphins. Ok, fast forward to 2011, as both teams haven’t done much, as a matter a fact, the Dolphins haven’t been in the big game since. Miami got their first win a week ago, and Matt Moore looked like Dan Marino winning AFC Player of the Week on offense. As for the Skins, John Beck and co. have nothing good going on offense, and while they can play defense, they are not scoring much. Miami 24 Washington 10