● Scott Allen of the D.C. Sports Bog checks in with the best and worst from the Redskins’ Week 1 loss to the Dolphins:
Best Kirk Cousins: Boring Kirk Cousins, who competed 21 of 31 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown, taking only one sack.
Worst Kirk Cousins: Daring Kirk Cousins, who — and you may not believe this — threw two interceptions.
● 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.
Final five minutes update:
We’re chronicling the finish over on the live blog, but Miami has just gone ahead on a Jarvis Landry punt return and Kirk Cousins has thrown a fourth-quarter interception. Washington has the ball back, however.
The next update to this thread will be links to postgame stories and blog posts.
We’re updating the live blog frequently, but here’s a quick check in. Washington leads, 10-7, at the half:
The Dolphins drove the field and scored with 27 seconds left in the half to cut the deficit to three, but Washington was dominating the first half statistically. Witness:
First downs: Washington, 12-7
Rushing yards: Washington, 92-2
Passing yards, Miami, 94-88
Total yards, Washington, 180-96
Yards per rush, Washington, 3.7 to 0.5
Alfred Morris had 16 carries for 68 yards, Kirk Cousins was 10 fo 14 for 96 yards, an pick and a touchdown, and both Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed have four catches each. Washington did not punt.
Miami’s Lamar Miller has just four carries for two yards.
We’re keeping up with the action over here on our live blog, but feel free to stay here and discuss.
The Redskins moved the ball on their first drive, with a heavy dose of Alfred Morris and Jordan Reed, and Kai Forbath kicked a 45-yard field goal for an early 3-0 lead. It was a 12-play, 53-yard drive.
Here are a couple things you might have missed in the lead-up to kickoff:
Bog: Here’s why Griffin serving on scout team is not such a big deal
All Redskins third-string offensive players wear yellow pinnies and line up in defensive positions, in formations off of play cards of the opponents’ defense, to give the starting offense a good idea of where defenders will line up. These plays are then played out at a light jog pace. Third-string defensive players do the same thing during Washington’s walk-throughs, lining up as offensive players opposite the defensive starters.
Griffin among inactives
Gruden told reporters Friday that there was no reason Griffin wouldn’t be ready to play in Sunday’s season opener, if needed. But that won’t be an option.
And now back to the news about the players who are playing.
The intro and the basics:
It’s been a long time coming, but the day of the first game is finally here. And it’s a first in several ways; the first step in GM Scot McCloughan’s rebuild, the first season Kirk Cousins is the starter from Week 1. It’s the first chance to see Terrance Knighton, Stephen Paea, Ricky Jean-Francois, Chris Culliver and Dashon Goldson in a game that counts. And, because neither DeSean Jackson or Ryan Kerrigan played in the preseason, it’ll be the first chance to see them in a long while.
Of course, it’s the first look at Ndamukong Suh in Dolphins teal and orange too. This might have been the kind of game you circle as a win a few years ago, but now it’s a stiff challenge. If you’re looking forward to it, here’s the place to discuss from now through the post-game news conferences. We’ll update the thread frequently, adding the link to the live box score, a photo gallery and more. Gene Wang, Gabe Hiatt and Keith McMillan will live blog on a separate thread.
Here are the other key things to know about the game:
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
Week 1 scores from around the NFL
Kirk Cousins worked on his decision-making by going to a brain performance center
“It’s kind of an abstract thing, but I call it brain performance,” Cousins said … “I see it as the next frontier because you look at weightlifting in the 1950s and ’60s, not every football player was lifting weights; they weren’t sure about the benefit it would give you. Now everybody has a strength coach; everybody lifts weights. And I see brain training kind of being that next thing. I just want to maximize what I’ve got.”
Brewer: Dull might be the way to go for these Redskins
It’s an axiom of show business that you should stay interesting at all costs, including your own peril. But with General Manager Scot McCloughan now running the show, and Coach Jay Gruden enjoying more latitude, no news actually could lead to good news. The way they want to operate, boredom could be a sign of stability.
Five story lines to follow in the season opener vs. Miami
Defensive coordinator Joe Barry will rely heavily on Kerrigan, and will move him all over the place, rather than just camping him out on the left side as has been the usual routine.
Steinberg: Jay Gruden knows people are doubting the Redskins
“And there’s really no reason [for respect]; we’ve won seven games in two years, and there’s been a lot of ‘stuff’ swirling around here,” Gruden went on. “So it’s our job as football players and professionals to put a stop to it. And the only way to put a stop to it is not by talking or tweeting; it’s by winning football games. And that’s our No. 1 objective.”
Many men have tried to construct a winner here. Your turn, Scot McCloughan
“It’s not about me; it’s about us,” McCloughan says. “The coaches, the players, the scouts, everybody in this building — ownership, president — all understand that we’re going to fight together and we’re going to try to build something together. It’s not an easy process, but I really feel strongly that we’re taking positive steps.”
Here’s our full season preview: How many wins is success, a look at offense and defense, a retrospective of every preview section cover since Daniel Snyder became owner, and much more.
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This will be updated. It first published at 7 a.m.