Miami Dolphins at Washington Redskins
When: Today, 4:15 p.m., FedEx Field. Line: Redskins by 3.
TV/Radio: WUSA-9; WJFK-FM-106.7, WBQB-FM-101.5, WPLC-FM-94.3,WKIK-FM-102.9, WAGE-1200, WNAV-1430, WFMD-930.
THE REDSKINS' KEYS TO VICTORY
1. Hope the Buccaneers and Vikings lose.
Only if Tampa Bay loses and Minnesota loses or ties earlier today can the Redskins get a first-round playoff bye with a win. Otherwise, there's little at stake for them.
2. Get big plays in the passing game.
Without RB Stephen Davis, QB Brad Johnson may have to carry the load offensively for a second week in a row.
3. Keep everyone healthy.
The real victory for the Redskins today -- provided there's no bye at stake -- will be maintaining their good luck on the injury front entering the playoffs.
WHEN THE REDSKINS HAVE THE BALL
The NFL's second-ranked offense will be without RB Stephen Davis (sprained ankle) for a second consecutive game, and WR Albert Connell (injured shoulder) likely will join him on the sideline. QB Brad Johnson is coming off a 471-yard game and needs 180 passing yards today to set a single-season team record. WR Irving Fryar is five catches shy of Henry Ellard for sixth place on the NFL's all-time list, and FB Larry Centers is 10 receptions from Keith Byars's league record for a running back. Miami has the league's fifth-ranked defense.
Redskins RT Jon Jansen vs. Dolphins DE Rich Owens
Owens, a former Redskin, leads the Dolphins with 8A sacks. Jansen has been solid throughout his rookie season.
WHEN THE DOLPHINS HAVE THE BALL
Is this QB Dan Marino's final game? Even he doesn't seem to know at this point. He's having a season to forget, with more interceptions (16) than touchdown passes (12) and a QB rating of 69.1. In four career games against the Redskins, Marino has a 3-1 record and has completed 54 percent of his passes for 1,180 yards with 10 TDs and three INTs.
Dolphins WR Tony Martin vs. Redskins CB Champ Bailey
Bailey has mixed good plays with mistakes during his rookie year, and Martin is a big-play threat. Ten of his 67 catches this season have gone for 25 yards or more, and he has five 100-yard games.
The Redskins' Brian Mitchell became the NFL's all-time leader in combined punt and kickoff return yards last week. Miami's Nate Jacquet is averaging 13 yards per punt return, second-best in the NFL, and Brock Marion is tied for second in the AFC at 24.6 yards per kickoff return.