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Redskins vs. Dolphins: Week 1 live blog

September 13, 2015

Welcome to The Post’s home for pregame and in-game analysis, live statistics and commentary on all things Dolphins and Redskins. Follow along on a computer, a tablet, or on mobile; while you watch, or if you’re stuck somewhere where you are unable to.

We start posting two hours before the 1 p.m. ET kickoff. The Dolphins bring Ryan Tannehill and Ndamukong Suh to FedEx Field for a game full of firsts for Washington: It’s the first step in GM Scot McCloughan’s rebuild, the first season Kirk Cousins is the starter from Week 1 and the first chance to see Terrance Knighton, Chris Culliver, Dashon Goldson and others in a game that counts.

After the game, we’ll move back over to The Insider for postgame quotes and our traditional coverage.

The basics:
Kickoff: 1 p.m. at FedEx Field
TV: Channels 9 and 13 (CBS). DirecTV Sunday Ticket 708.
Radio: 980 AM; 92.7 and 94.3 FM. Sirius XM 227, internet 831.
Line: Dolphins by 3.5, o/u 43.5.
Box score: Updates every 60 seconds
Redskins roster | Depth chart
Dolphins roster | Depth chart
Injury reports
Week 1 scores from around the NFL

If you’re looking to chat with fellow fans, find the discussion thread is here.

  • Keith McMillan
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Liz Clarke’s early version of the game story is here. The first few paragraphs are below.

With a new starting quarterback, rebuilt right side of the offensive line and overhauled defense, the radically revamped Washington Redskins opened their 2015 season Sunday at FedEx Field.

But a host of familiar problems — costly interceptions, gassed defenders down the stretch and special-teams gaffes — produced an all-too-familiar result.

As a result, the Redskins fell, 17-10, to the Miami Dolphins before a crowd of 76,615 that at least for a stretch, when the home team dominated the early going, cheered what appeared to be a turnaround.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 21 of 31 throws for 195 yards and one touchdown, but again undercut his production with two interceptions.

Alfred Morris did the lion’s share of the work in carrying 24 times for 107 yards. But the rushing attack wasn’t enough to compensate for mistakes that led to a scoreless second half.

Moreover, the Redskins lost two starters to injury: Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who strained a hamstring before making a single catch; and safety Duke Ihenacho, who injured his left wrist. Neither returned.

The loss dropped Cousins’s record as a starter to 2-8 and suggested that the turnaround Coach Jay Gruden is trying to pull off in his second season in Washington may be a long time coming.

  • Gene Wang
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Miami scores 17 unanswered points capped by Jarvis Landry’s 69-yard punt return for the winning touchdown. The Redskins get 121 yards on 25 carries from RB Alfred Morris and 63 yards and one touchdown on seven catches from TE Jordan Reed.

  • Gabe Hiatt
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Donovan McNabb is a fan of Redskins quarterback struggles. In other words, misery loves company.

  • Gene Wang
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Kirk Cousins’ pass on fourth down falls incomplete after heavy pressure by DE Terrence Fede around the corner. Cousins had to get rid of the ball early with Dolphins blitzing.

  • Gene Wang
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With 2:27 left in regulation and trailing 17-10, the Redskins call timeout facing fourth down and seven at the Dolphins 20.

  • Gene Wang
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Washington holds on third down after Ryan Kerrigan bats down Ryan Tannehill’s pass attempt intended for Rishard Matthews. Redskins take over at their 31 with five minutes to play, trailing 17-10.

  • Gabe Hiatt
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Just a phenomenal play by Brice McCain

  • Gene Wang
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Dolphins CB Brice McCain climbs the ladder for one-handed interception while covering WR Pierre Garcon. Miami takes over at its 2-yard line following Kirk Cousin’s second pick.

  • Gabe Hiatt
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Remember when the special teams were terrible under Keith Burns? And everyone threw Keith Burns under the bus? And everyone lamented how the Redskins let Lorenzo Alexander go to Arizona? And how Washington hired former Apache helicopter pilot and West Point grad Ben Kotwica to turn special teams into “special forces?” And how the team signed Adam Hayward from Tampa Bay to captain the special teams?

Well Hayward started the day on injured/reserve, and Kotwica’s unit just allowed its first touchdown of the season, a 69-yard Jarvis Landry punt return for a touchdown that gave the Dolphins a 17-10 lead in the fourth quarter.

  • Gene Wang
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Jarvis Landry takes a punt back 69 yards for a touchdown to give the Dolphins a 17-10 lead with 10:22 left in regulation. The run went up the middle, and Landry was barely touched amid more Redskins special teams breakdowns.

  • Keith McMillan
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Jarvis Landry returns a punt for a go-ahead touchdown. Nobody is surprised.

  • Keith McMillan
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I’m just going to leave these here:

  • Keith McMillan
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Depending on perspective, Miami coming away with a field goal on a red-zone drive early in the fourth is either a big success or massive failure.

Omar Kelly covers the Dolphins for the Sun-Sentinel:

Robbie Duncan posts on the Insider a lot:

Liz Clarke covers Washington:

  • Gene Wang
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Dolphins PK Andrew Franks’ 20-yard field goal ties the game at 10 early in the fourth quarter. Miami had first and goal at the 3 but lost seven yards on Ryan Tannehill’s ill-advised pass to Jarvis Landry.

  • Gabe Hiatt
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They can take it.

  • Gene Wang
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Dolphins have first and goal at the 1 after penalty trying to defend Jordan Cameron.

  • Gabe Hiatt
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As soon as we got all warm and fuzzy about the “Capital Punishment” defensive front, Lamar Miller started ripping off huge gains, Ryan Tannehill completed five straight passes and Keenan Robinson dropped a sure-fire interception. Then Robinson was flagged for pass interference, leading to a first and goal. Don’t compliment the Redskins. They don’t respond well.

  • Gene Wang
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Miami ends third quarter with 20-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill to Jarvis Landry into Redskins territory.

  • Gene Wang
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Washington logs 25 yards in penalties to move out of field goal range. Change of possession coming on Tress Way’s punt.

  • Gabe Hiatt
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Second-string right tackle Ty Nsekhe was just called for holding on his first play of the game. He held onto Cameron Wake like a child clutching a lollipop. Good for you Ty. Better to hold than get your quarterback crushed.

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