2019 Redskins Game Preview: Redskins/Dolphins, Week 6

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The Redskins are back in action on Sunday for a 1 p.m. matchup with the Miami Dolphins in Hard Rock Stadium. This is the second week in a row Washington has matched up with a team from the AFC East.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the game:

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

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TICKETING INFORMATION

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ALL-TIME SERIES

  • Dolphins lead overall series, 9-5, but the two are tied 1-1 in postseason play.
  • Miami has won the last two contests against Washington dating back to the 2011 season.
  • The two last met in 2015 at FedExField, when the Dolphins prevailed, 17-10. Wide receiver Jarvis Landry's 69-yard punt return touchdown served as the game-winning score.

COACHING STAFF

Redskins:

  • Interim HC Bill Callahan
  • OC Kevin O'Connell
  • DC Greg Manusky
  • STC Nate Kaczor

Dolphins:

  • HC Brian Flores
  • OC Chad O'Shea
  • DC Patrick Graham
  • STC Danny Crossman

KEY NEW FACES

Redskins:

  • LB Jon Bostic / Montez Sweat / Cole Holcomb
  • S Landon Collins
  • OT Ereck Flowers / Donald Penn
  • QB Case Keenum / Dwayne Haskins
  • WR Terry McLaurin

Dolphins:

  • QB Josh Rosen / Ryan Fitzpatrick
  • WR Allen Hurns / Preston Williams
  • LB Sam Eguavoen
  • CB Eric Rowe
  • DE Taco Charlton / Avery Moss
  • DT John Jenkins / Christian Wilkins
  • G Michael Deiter

OTHER SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

Redskins:

  • In deciding to move on from Jay Gruden, the Redskins named Bill Callahan the team's interim head coach Monday morning. Callahan, who previously served as assistant head coach and offensive line coach for Washington, brings 21 seasons of NFL experience in various roles to the position.
  • In starting against New England on Sunday, quarterback Colt McCoy saw his first game action since breaking his right fibula in Week 13 of the 2018 season. McCoy went 18-27 for 119 yards and one interception in the loss.
  • Safety Landon Collins, who signed a lucrative multi-year with Washington in the offseason, continues to prove his worth to the Redskins. Through five games, Collins leads the team with 43 tackles (29 solo), and is tied for a team-best 3.5 tackles for loss with rookie outside linebacker Montez Sweat.

Dolphins:

  • Like Washington, Miami held a quarterback competition between two recent signees in Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen throughout the offseason. After going with the veteran Fitzpatrick for the team's first two games, Rosen, a second-year pro, has since taken over the starting role.
  • The Dolphins named Brian Flores their new head coach in early February. Flores, who replaced current New York Jets head coach Adam Gase, previously served as a linebackers coach and defensive play-caller for the New England Patriots.
  • One of the lone bright spots for a Miami offense that ranks 31st in the NFL in total offense (225.0 yards per game) has been undrafted rookie wide receiver Preston Williams. Through four games, Williams leads the Dolphins with 15 catches, and is tied for the team-lead in receiving yards (201).

STORYLINES/THINGS TO WATCH

  • Josh Rosen vs. Redskins defense -- After forcing at least one turnover in consecutive games, the Redskins defense will look to do more of the same against an offense that has been one of the worst in the NFL thus far. Two weeks ago, Washington picked off Giants rookie Daniel Jones twice, and it'll will look to put pressure on Rosen early Sunday.
  • Offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell play-calling -- With the departure of Jay Gruden, O’Connell will now have the opportunity to call plays. Considered one of the bright young offensive minds in the league, O’Connell hopes to lead the Redskins offense to more success Sunday. Finding more consistency in the run game and creating more big plays will be two key things to watch in the Week 6 showdown.
  • Both teams looking for their first win -- Through the first portion of the season, both the Dolphins and Redskins have struggled. Sunday presents an opportunity for the two teams to get back on the right track and pick up their first win of the season. Expect both teams to come out with heightened intensity and energy.
  • Redskins running backs -- Though the Redskins running game has struggled thus far, interim head coach Bill Callahan is committed to establishing the run moving forward. Callahan mentioned that there have been flashes of success from Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson, but neither back has been consistent throughout the game. Expect the Redskins to pound the ball early and often Sunday.

INTRIGUING MATCHUPS

  • WR Terry McLaurin vs. CB Xavien Howard -- Despite being just a rookie, McLaurin has shown moments of greatness so far this season. The third-rounder, who has showcased his ability to create big plays, will look to keep things going while likely drawing a matchup with Howard, who Dolphins' leader in the secondary and could shade McLaurin throughout Sunday's contest.
  • Redskins quarterback(s) vs. Dolphins secondary -- Coach Callahan has not announced a starting quarterback yet, but either Case Keenum or Colt McCoy expects to have an opportunity to get back on the right track. The Dolphins defense has struggled mightily through four games, giving up plenty of yards and several big plays.
  • RB Kenyan Drake vs. Redskins defensive line -- The Redskins defensive line is coming off its best game of the season against the New England Patriots, sacking Tom Brady four times and generating consistent pressure. Facing off against Kenyan Drake, a rushing and receiving threat, the Redskins defensive front will need to maintain its gaps and communicate where the fourth-year player is on the field at all times.
  • WR Jakeem Grant vs. WR Steven Sims -- So far this season, Jakeem Grant and Steven Sims have been two of the most explosive kick returners in the NFL. With that success, the two have gotten more chances to be involved in their respective offenses, where both head coaches have tried to channel their speed in the open field. Sims rushed for a 65-yard touchdown last week against the Patriots.

Check out photos of the Washington Redskins during their regular season Week 5 game against the New England Patriots.

INJURY UPDATE

The injury report for Week 6 between the Redskins and the Dolphins can be found, HERE.

PROJECTED WEATHER

REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS

Redskins:

  • Passing — QB Case Keenum (970 yards)
  • Rushing — RB Adrian Peterson (108 yards)
  • Receiving — WR Terry McLaurin (308 yards)
  • Touchdowns — QB Case Keenum (7)
  • Tackles — S Landon Collins (43, 29 solo)
  • Sacks — DL Matt Ioannidis, LB Ryan Kerrigan (1.5)
  • Interceptions — CB Quinton Dunbar, S Montae Nicholson (2)

Dolphins:

  • Passing — QB Josh Rosen (482 yards)
  • Rushing — RB Kenyan Drake (113 yards)
  • Receiving — WR Preston Williams (201 yards)
  • Touchdowns — QB Josh Rosen, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, WR Preston Williams, WR DeVante Parker (1)
  • Tackles — LB Jerome Baker (29, 16 solo)
  • Sacks — DE Taco Charlton (2)
  • Interceptions — S Bobby McCain (1)

REGULAR SEASON TEAM STATS

Redskins:

  • Total offense — 28th (281.0 YPG)
  • Scoring offense — 30th (1 PPG)
  • Passing offense — 26th (212.2 YPG)
  • Sacks allowed — T-23rd (15)
  • Running offense — 27th (68.8 YPG)
  • Third down offense — 31st (24%)
  • Red-zone offense — 54.5%
  • Total defense — 28th (407.8 YPG)
  • Scoring defense — 30th (30.2 PPG)
  • Passing defense — 23rd (263.8 YPG)
  • Sacks — T-24th (9)
  • Running defense — 28th (144.0 YPG)
  • Third down defense — T-30th (56%)
  • Red-zone defense — 66.7%
  • Time of possession — 30th (26:31)
  • Turnover differential — T-24th (-4)

Dolphins:

  • Total offense — 31st (225.0 YPG)
  • Scoring offense — 32nd (6.5 PPG)
  • Passing offense — 31st (173.2 YPG)
  • Sacks allowed — T-26th (18)
  • Running offense — 32nd (51.8 YPG)
  • Third down offense — 30th (26%)
  • Red zone offense — 16.7%
  • Total defense — 32nd (472.0 YPG)
  • Scoring defense — 32nd (40.8 PPG)
  • Passing defense — 31st (296.2 YPG)
  • Sacks — T-30th (5)
  • Running defense — 32nd (175.8 YPG)
  • Third down defense — 32nd (58%)
  • Red zone defense — 75%
  • Time of possession — 32nd (23:43)
  • Turnover differential — 32nd (-7)

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