After two Simon rushes for a combined six yards, the Redskins landed on the Miami 9 with a third down. Gibbs cleared the backfield, and Brunell whipped a pass to the elusive Chad Morton for an eight-yard gain.
On first and goal from the 1, Cartwright wriggled through a hole created by Samuels to get into the end zone for the Redskins' second touchdown. The 10-play, 43-yard drive was so methodical that Cartwright and his teammates barely celebrated.
Redskins running back Chad Morton, who rushed three times for nine yards and caught one pass for eight yards, makes a move on Dolphins linebacker Eddie Moore.
(Photos Steve Mitchell -- AP)
As for Taylor, after playing behind Andre Lott in the first two exhibitions, he was promoted to the first defensive unit largely because of splendid performances in the first two preseason games, intercepting two passes and forcing a fumble.
On Miami's first series, the Dolphins had the ball on the Washington 40-yard line on a third and four. Quarterback A.J. Feeley completed a five-yard pass to Chris Chambers. Taylor, known for his vicious hits in college, slammed into Chambers to jar the ball loose with help from cornerback Shawn Springs. Taylor recovered the ball on the Washington 35.
"You can't describe the feeling," Taylor said of playing in front of relatives. "I'm just happy to be playing in front of them."
The Redskins faced a Dolphins offense that appears to be a shambles after Ricky Williams, one of the NFL's top tailbacks, announced his retirement last month. Williams's stunning decision was compounded by a season-ending knee injury to David Boston, the team's top wide receiver.
Washington's defense turned the heat on Miami with constant blitzes that left the Dolphins' quarterbacks confounded.
The defense remains ahead of the offense, although on Saturday night Washington's running game finally showed signs of life.
"I'm proud of our guys," Samuels said. "We got out there and we laid it to 'em. I think this can continue throughout the season if we just continue to work hard and stay healthy."