The Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins are midway through their Week 1 contest, and things are not going exactly how Miami had hoped. The Redskins currently lead the contest 10-7, and have been able to run all over the Dolphins early.
The Dolphins won the opening coin toss, choosing to defer to the second half. After receiving the kickoff, the Redskins began moving the ball seemingly at will against the Dolphins defense. Cut blocks, double teams, and designed plays away from Ndamukong Suh neutralized the Dolphins' big offseason addition and the defense could not stop Alfred Morris early. After 12 plays covering 53 yards, however, the Redskins stalled and had to settle for a 45-yard field goal from Kai Forbath and a 3-0 lead.
Miami would go three-and-out on their first possession, with the Redskins again moving the ball against the Dolphins defense after the punt. Once again, though, the drive would stall, this time after 10 plays for 50 yards. Forbath would attempt a 46 yard field goal, but would kick it wide, leaving the score 3-0.
Miami's next drive would double the number of plays from their first drive, but would again end in a punt, with the Dolphins gaining 14 yards in six plays as the game mvoed into the second quarter. Three plays later, Brent Grimes would get the ball back for Miami, picking off a Kirk Cousins pass.
With the ball at the Redskins' 12-yard line, Miami would face a 4th-and-1 on the first set of downs after the interception, and would choose to go for it. Running back Damien Williams appeared to have the hole to run through for the first down, but was caught from behind and tackled for no gain, giving the ball back to Washington.
The Redskins would make the most of the possession, driving 74 yards on 16 plays, 22 of which came on a Cousins to Pierre Garcon pass. On a 3rd-and-goal from the Miami two-yard line, Cousins found Jordan Reed in the endzoen for a touchdown, and a 10-0 lead for Washington.
Getting the ball back inside of 2 minutes in the half, Miami finally found some rhythm on offense and took it to the Redskins. Starting with a 27-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill to tight end Jordan Cameron, Tannehill suddenly found the accuracy and decision making he demonstrated in the Preseason, connecting with Greg Jennings for 11 yards on the next play, then had 15-yard more added to the play because of a roughing the passer penalty on Chris Baker. After a sack, Tannehill missed Kenny Stills on a pass on the sideline, then came back to him on a 12 yard gain to the Washington 16-yard line. Another pass to Cameron moved Miami to 1st-and-goal at the Redskins' two-yard line, which Tannehill capped on second down with a pass to Rishard Matthews.
Washington led 10-7 at the half.
The story of the first half may be injuries, however, as Washington lost wide receiver DeSean Jackson to a hamstring injury and Miami lost defensive end Olivier Vernon to an ankle problem and tight end Dion Sims to an apparent concussion.
Miami gets the ball back to start the second half.