The Redskins lose their fifth in a row falling to the previously one win Miami Dolphins 20-9 on the road and fall to 3-6 on the season. It is the first five game losing streak for the Redskins in ten years and the first in Mike Shanahan’s coaching career. Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan didn’t tell the team until last night that quarterback Rex Grossman would start for them after John Beck has been the starter the previous three games.
Grossman had a solid game, but threw a costly fourth quarter red zone interception that put the Redskins in a big hole. The offense had 246 total yards with 185 on them in the air and 61 on the ground. Grossman ended up 21 of 32 for 215 yards and two interceptions while being sacked three times. Grossman’s first interception wasn’t his fault, receiver Leonard Hankerson fell down, but the second one he threw into quadruple coverage in the red zone. The Redskins were 0 for 3 in the red zone and 5-14 on third down. They also only held the ball for 26:13.
The offensive line struggled for the most part and running lanes were hard to find. Ryan Torain started and had 11 carries for 20 yards while Roy Helu came in late and had six carries for 41 yards with a long of 21 at the end of the game.
Rookie wide receiver Leonard Hankerson had a breakout game as he returned to where he went to school in Miami with eight receptions for 106 yards. The 106 yards is the most for a Redskins wide receiver this season and first Redskins rookie wide receiver to have over 100 yards since Rod Gardner did it in 2001. Hankerson walked to the locker room with a hip injury in the fourth quarter and x-rays were negative, though he was walking on crutches after the game. Jabar Gaffney had three catches for 37 yards, Fred Davis had three catches for 28 yards and Roy Helu also had three catches for 13 yards. Logan Paulsen, David Anderson, Ryan Torain and Darrel Young each had a reception.
Graham Gano didn’t have one of his best games, he made three field goals with a long of 47, but missed a 49 and 50 yard field goals both wide left. Brandon Banks had one punt return of 22 yards and Sav Rocca had another solid outing punting the ball with a long of 49 on his two punts.
On the defensive side, Perry Riley started at inside linebacker over Rocky McIntosh and had a great game with nine total tackles with four of them for loss and had a quarterback hit. Reed Doughty also had nine tackles, all solo, while London Fletcher had eight tackles, LaRon Landry had seven tackles, Ryan Kerrigan six tackles and DeAngelo Hall and Kevin Barnes both had four tackles. Rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan had both the Redskins sacks and caused fumbles both times. One was recovered by the Redskins and one was recovered by the Dolphins. Kevin Barnes had the lone Redskins interception as both teams had two turnovers on the day.
The Redskins defense held the Dolphins to 303 total yards, 200 yards in the air and 64 yards on ground. The Dolphins were 8-14 on third down and held the ball for 33:33. Running back Reggie Bush had both touchdowns for the Dolphins with both coming on the ground and quarterback Matt Moore had 209 yards on 20 for 29 and an interception. The Dolphins were 2 for 5 in the red zone and kicker Dan Carpenter was 2 for 3 on field goals with his long being 28.
The Redskins head home and will try and snap their five game losing streak hosting the Dallas Cowboys (5-4) who crushed the Buffalo Bills 44-7 today at home.
Listen here to what Mike Shanahan, Rex Grossman Brian Orakpo, London Fletcher, Leonard Hankerson, Fred Davis, Jabar Gaffney & Logan Paulsen had to say after the loss today.
Mike Shanahan Postgame Audio
Rex Grossman Postgame Audio
Brian Orakpo Postgame Audio
London Fletcher Postgame Audio
Leonard Hankerson Postgame Audio
Fred Davis Postgame Audio
Jabar Gaffney Postgame Audio
Logan Paulsen Postgame Audio