Redskins at Dolphins Position by Position Breakdown

After a week of thinking it would be John Beck facing his former Miami Dolphins team, the Washington Redskins announced this morning that Rex Grossman would be their quarterback this week.

The Washington Redskins travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins in just a few hours.  With that in mind, it's time to take a look at the position by position breakdown between the teams, and see who has the advantage.

My game prediction is at the bottom.

Pos Adv  Reason
QB

Rex Grossman is starting, having been told yesterday.  Nod goes to the guy who came into the weekend knowing he was starting, Matt Moore.

RB

Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas or Roy Helu and Ryan Torain?  Bush and Thomas take this category, because the Redskins can't seem to find their running game, and Miami seems to have finally figured it out.
WR/TE

Like the running game, the Redskins can't seem to find a passing game.  Without Santana Moss, former Dolphins practice squad member Anthony Armstrong is the main wide out threat.  However, Fred Davis at tight end could give the Dolphins problems.  Meanwhile, Brandon Marshall seems to be hitting his stride for the Dolphins, and, at least last week, Anthony Fasano was brought into the passing game.  Again, I have to give this to the Dolphins.

OL

Imagine this.  The Miami Dolphins play an opponent where the Dolphins offensive line grades out better in both pass blocking and run blocking than the opponent.  Can you imagine?  Well, this week, it actually happens.  The Redskins seem to have an even worse offensive line than Miami.

DL Push  Miami is a little better stopping the run than the Redskins, but Washington is a little better in pass rush than the Dolphins.  The Dolphins looked good against the Chiefs last week, so if that same team shows up, the Dolphins could take this category, but based on the entire season, I'll have to go with a push.
LB Washington has the advantage at the outside linebackers, with Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, while the Dolphins have Cameron Wake (2nd ranked OLBin the league), and then a big drop off to Koa Misi and Jason Taylor.  At the inside linebacker, London Fletcher is a top 10 linebacker, while Miami finds Karlos Dansby at 21.  After that, it's a fall to 44 (Rocky McIntosh, Washington) and 45 (Kevin Burnett, Miami) to find the next players in this game.  Overall, the Redskins grade out better.
DB

Neither team is dominating at the cornerback position, with no player within the top 50 of the NFL corners right now.  However, LaRon Landry is outplaying any Dolphins safety, by a lot.  This goes to Washington.
ST

I actually went and compared the two teams special teams packages to give a fair assessment.  And, it still comes down to Brandon Fields.  

Prediction: Dolphins, 24-10

Record Predicting Dolphins Games: 3-5

Record Predicting All NFL Games: 82&48


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