Brandon Fields didn’t make his first punt until the third quarter but the Dolphins still could only manage 10 points through the first half. While the game wasn’t explosive or overly exciting, the Dolphins finally ended their 7 game losing streak at home finishing off the Washington Redskins 20-9. Matt Moore made throws when he needed to but looked nothing like his AFC Player of the Week from last weekends Chiefs game.
Absent again was Brian Hartline and Clyde Gates but Davone Bess made several key receptions and Brandon Marshall was solid once again making clutch catches. The scoring story today was highlighted this week by Reggie Bush who scored twice. The Dolphins struggled to get scores but did enough and eventually wore the Skins down and took over the game at the turn into the 4th quarter.
Defensively, Karlos Dansby continued his surge toward becoming the defensive leader adding a sack, two batted balls, and an interception. He also continued to make plays both in coverage and in defensing the run. He finished with about 10 tackles. In addition to Dansby, Vontae’ Davis finally made his impact intercepting Rex Grossman in the first half and keeping the Washington receivers in check for most of the game. The only positive for Washington was the play of WR Leonard Hankerson in closed in on 100 yards before leaving the game in the 4th with a leg injury.
Coming up next is the Buffalo Bills in Miami. Buffalo will be coming off an embarrassing loss to the Dallas Cowboys who posted 44 points against the early season heralded Bills defense. The game will be the first meeting of the season between the two clubs.
For Miami they complete a two game win streak and will build on their confidence heading into the back-end of the season that will see the team face Dallas, Philly, Buffalo twice, Oakland, NY, and NE. Today however they get to enjoy their first home win in almost 365 days…which would have been tomorrow.