Sunday, November 13, 2011
Wrap-up: Dolphins 20, Redskins 9
By Dan Graziano
A few thoughts on the Washington Redskins' fifth loss in a row, this one Sunday afternoon to the Dolphins in Miami:
What it means: The Redskins may be out of ideas on offense, and if they couldn't win this game against a team that hadn't won all year until last week, it's getting hard to look at the schedule and pick out the remaining games you think they even can win. The switch back from John Beck to Rex Grossman succeeded in opening up the offense, and we got a little bit of a look at rookie wide receiver Leonard Hankerson. But the problem with Grossman is the interceptions, and he threw two that were very costly. The Redskins' answer at quarterback is not currently on their roster.
Bright spot. Sort of: Hankerson caught eight passes for 106 yards and looked like a second-half breakout candidate with Grossman able to get the ball downfield to him as Beck couldn't. But since this is the Redskins, there's bad news on that, too. The young man left the game with a hip injury and his status for next week is unknown.
Running back roulette: A week after rookie running back Roy Helu caught 14 passes for 105 yards, the Redskins named Ryan Torain the starting running back for this game. Washington's coaching staff believes Torain is its best runner but likes Helu better in the passing game and probably leaned on him more last week because they knew Beck would be looking to check down. Torain got 20 yards on 11 carries Sunday while Helu got 41 yards on six carries and caught three passes for 13 yards. Helu looks like the better back and should get the ball a lot going forward as the Redskins evaluate what they have for next year.
Kerrigan disrupts: Rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan came up with two sacks and forced two fumbles as the Redskins' defense put on another admirable effort while the offense could do nothing to help.
What's next: The Redskins have a home game Sunday against the division-rival Cowboys, who clobbered the Buffalo Bills on Sunday for their second win in a row and are looking to get on a roll and challenge the Giants for the division title. Washington lost in Dallas 18-16 in Week 3 when things were still going well for them.