Miami (1-1) made five first downs -- none in the second half --
and totaled just 98 yards. By the second quarter, the offense was
drawing boos from the crowd of about 30,000.
Brunell, acquired in an offseason trade to challenge for the
starting job, played four series and led touchdown drives of 63 and
43 yards to help the Redskins (2-1) take a 14-0 halftime lead.
"A good night all around," Brunell said. "It was easy for us
when we got the running game going."
Incumbent Ramsey led Washington to a score for the first time
this preseason, directing a 14-play, 68-yard drive that ended with
a field goal to start the second half.
Coach Joe Gibbs was pleased that the offense committed no
turnovers after throwing four interceptions in the previous game.
"We made a real correction from last week," Gibbs said.
A.J. Feeley, seeking to supplant Jay Fiedler as the Dolphins'
quarterback, led Miami to three first downs before the opening
series ended with a fumble by receiver Chris Chambers. The
Dolphins, plagued with bad field position, went three-and-out on
their next three possessions before Fiedler took over.
"There are a lot of things we need to do differently," Feeley
said. "But we have two more games."
Brunell went 7-for-9 for 79 yards. Ramsey was 3-for-8 for 41
"Our offensive line did an excellent job," Ramsey said. "They
made it easy for us quarterbacks."
Third-team running back Sultan McCullough led the Redskins with
56 yards in 16 carries.
Despite making four changes in the offensive line this week,
Miami struggled with pass protection, and the running game also
sputtered. Travis Minor, who became the starting running back when
Ricky Williams retired, rushed for 15 yards in eight carries and is
averaging 1.2 per carry in the first two games.
"This was not real good in any area," coach Dave Wannstedt
said. "Probably the only good thing tonight was that we didn't get
Feeley finished 4-for-8 for 36 yards.
"He handled himself well," Wannstedt said. "He didn't force
any balls or do anything crazy."
Fiedler went 4-for-9 for 41 yards in two series. One ended with
a punt, and the other when Fiedler fumbled a snap on a sneak.
The Dolphins could take consolation that help for the offense is
on the way. They sent unsigned Pro Bowl defensive end Adewale
Ogunleye to the Chicago Bears on Saturday for former Pro Bowl
receiver Marty Booker and a third-round draft choice in 2005.
One of Miami's few highlights was a 49-yard kickoff return by
undrafted rookie Fred Russell. Antonio Freeman, signed Monday by
the Dolphins, saw action on a handful of plays and made one catch
for 19 yards.
Feeley had the Dolphins on the move on the opening series before
a jarring tackle by Sean Taylor forced Chambers to fumble. The
Redskins recovered at their 37, and Portis scored eight plays
Taylor, Washington's top draft choice last April, started for
the first time and made three tackles.
"He covers a lot of ground, and he's a big playmaker," Gibbs
The Dolphins said they'll wear orange jerseys for the
second time Dec. 20 for a Monday night game against the defending
Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. ... Before the game the
Dolphins honored seven-time Pro Bowl T Richmond Webb, who decided
last winter to retire. He played for Miami from 1990 to 2000.