Redskins Can’t Hold Lead or Stop Landry in 17-10 Loss to Miami

Miami Dolphins v Washington Redskins

Despite being beat up in the stats department, the Dolphins were able to go to their big play department Sunday, doing just enough to top the Redskins 17-10 in their season opener Sunday.

Jarvis Landry returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown with 10:22 left to give the Dolphins their first lead, and Miami held on for the victory.

The Redskins couldn’t produce much on offense, as Kirk Cousins went 21 for 31 for 196 yards and two interceptions. Robert Griffin III was inactive after only recently recovering from a concussion.

“We battled and came up short. I guess we’re all pretty tired of that around here,” Cousins said. “We’ve done that too many times. So eventually the tables need to turn. The tide needs to be turned. And we need a day like today to end up having us be on top at the end.”

The Redskins led it 10-0, but Miami got it to 10-7 at halftime and pulled even with 11:34 remaining when Andrew Franks kicked a 22-yard field goal to cap a 76-yard drive.

Landry was the hero, as he took the ball in the center of the field and darted up the middle, getting to the end zone for the game-winning score.

”When he caught the ball there seemed to be a lot of space,” Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. “He’s good in the open field; he’s a tough guy to get on the ground.”

Ryan Tannehill completed 22 of 34 passes for 226 yards for Miami.

Alfred Morris had 121 yards on 25 carries for Washington. The Redskins outgained the Dolphins 349-256 and held the ball for 37:54 compared to 22:06.

The Redskins drove to the Miami 20 with a shot to tie it, but Cousins threw two straight incomplete passes.

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3 Responses to “Redskins Can’t Hold Lead or Stop Landry in 17-10 Loss to Miami”

  1. Scott McCLOUGHAN fan says:

    Same result as last season for the same reasons, two INTS and a punt return TD.

    But this game seemed closer than the opener in the prior few seasons. The REDSKINS had their chances, but there’s too many new moving parts to be a functioning squad at this point.

    QB, RG, RT, NT, DE, OLB [Murphy], CB, S.

    We missed JACKSON, PAUL, TOM COMPTON, GALETTE……..just to name a few.

    By season’s end, those left standing will begin to build a solid foundation going forward.

    I deplore the loss, but applaud the direction this team’s headed in.

  2. Scott McCLOUGHAN fan says:

    Over on REAL REDSKINS Rich Tandler says three things must improve for the REDSKINS to become consistant winners.

    1 – 11 penalties

    must be cleaned up. By year end, I think that will be. New faces and rookies almost always lead to errors of commission. Those should subside to a reasonable level by year end.

    2- 2 Ints.

    I’m not sure ints will improve. But passing TD’s may……that’s MAY. And that will be an offset at least. The jury’s still out on that point in my book, and frankly, I’m pretty sanguine of much improvement through the air. Continue pounding away in the run game, and get those blocking assignments down cold this season. The air game will slowly follow.

    3 – Special Teams

    are anything but. On that punt return of MIAMI’s, the coverage looked like a lot of geese who had just been shot at. Completely scattered and not closing on the ball. Some of these guys just don’t shed blocks well. I’m sure PAUL, PAULSON, and HEYWARD were missed big time.

    Personally, I don’t think they’ve been worth a hoot since LO-A departed for ARIZONA. I don’t see much improvement this year, at this point anyway. Maybe next with three more MCCLOUGHAN recruits and some experience for this season’s rookies BATES, SPAIGHT, and JARRETT.

  3. Scott McCLOUGHAN fan says:


    Cut KAI FORBATH and pick up DUSTIN HOPKINS as kicker………wow!