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Dolphins at Redskins Week 1 tale of the tape

The Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins are getting ready to come out of their respective corners and start rumbling. We take a look at the tale of the tape between the two sides before kickoff.

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The Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins will face off this afternoon in the first game of the 2015 NFL season for both clubs. Both teams will be looking to improve on their respective 2014 finishes, where Miami was third in the AFC East and Washington was 4th in the NFC East.

Both teams were middle of the pack in offense last year, though Washington could not score, but they both struggled on defense. Miami still came away with the 12th overall defense in 2014, but that was behind a pass defense that ranked 6th, while scoring and rush defense were in the bottom half of the league. Miami and Washington both addressed the defensive line this offseason, with Miami adding Ndamukong Suh and Washington bringing in Terrance Knighton.

To get a closer look at both teams, we go to the tale of the tape. Since this is the first week of the 2015 season, we compare the 2014 numbers for both teams.

Miami Dolphins
(2014: 8-8, 3rd AFC East)

2014 Standings
and Stats

Washington Redskins
(2014: 4-12, 4th NFC East)

14th
(350.1)

Total Offense
(Yds/Gm)

13th
(358.6)

17th
(233.1)

Passing Offense
(Yds/Gm)

11th
(252.9)

12th
(117.0)

Rushing Offense
(Yds/Gm)

19th
(105.7)

11th
(24.3)

Scoring Offense
(Pts/Gm)

26th
(18.8)

17th
(40.0)

3rd Down Conversions
(% Convert)

30th
(31.5)

12th
(343.4)

Total Defense
(Yds/Gm Allowed)

20th
(357.0)

6th
(222.3)

Passing Defense
(Yds/Gm Allowed)

24th
(249.4)

24th
(121.1)

Rushing Defense
(Yds/Gm Allowed)

12th
(107.6)

20th
(23.3)

Scoring Defense
(Pts/Gm Allowed)

T-29th
(27.4)

21st
(39)

Defensive Sacks

14th
(49)

14th
(+2)

Turnovers

30th
(-12)

And, for the individual tales of the tape (bold statistics indicate league leader):

Miami Dolphins
(2014: 8-8, 3rd AFC East)

2014 Stats

Washington Redskins
(2014: 4-12, 4th NFC East)

Ryan Tannehill
(4,045 yards, 66.4% Complete, 7.2 YPA,
27 TD, 12 INT, 46 sacks, 92.8 passer rating)

Passing

Kirk Cousins
(1,710 yards, 61.8% complete, 8.4 YPA,
10 TD, 9 INT, 8 sacks, 86.4 passer rating)

Lamar Miller
(1,099 yards, 216 carries, 5.1 YPC, 8 TDs)

Rushing

Alfred Morris
(1,074 yards, 265 carries, 4.1 YPC, 8 TDs)

Mike Wallace
(862 yards, 67 rec, 12.9 YPC, 10 TDS)

Receiving

DeSean Jackson
(1,169 yards, 56 rec, 20.9 YPC, 6 TDs)

Jelani Jenkins
(110)

Tackles

Keenan Robinson
(109)

Cameron Wake
(11.5)

Sacks

Ryan Kerrigan
(13.5)

Brent Grimes
(5)

Interceptions

Bashaud Breeland
(2)

Caleb Sturgis
(29-for-37 FGs, 78.4%, 41-for-41 XP, 128 points)

Kicking

Kai Forbath
(24-for-27, 88.9%, 31-for-32 XP, 103 points)

Brandon Fields
(58 punts, 46.3 avg, 38.6 net, 21 in 20)

Punting

Tress Way
(77 punts, 47.5 avg, 40.0 net, 22 in 20)

Jarvis Landry
(34 returns, 28.1 avg)

Kick Returns

Andre Roberts
(30 returns, 23,7 avg)

Jarvis Landry
(25 returns, 8.2 avg)

Punt Returns

Andre Roberts
(28 returns, 7.4 avg)