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The Miami Dolphins will look to build off their first win of the season when they host the struggling Washington Redskins on Sunday. The Dolphins avoided an 0-8 start with an impressive 31-3 win at Kansas City last week, and will now try and get their first win at home. The Redskins offense struggled once again in a 11-19 loss at home to San Francisco. Washington has lost four straight overall and haven’t scored more than 20 points in a single game since beating the Cardinals 22-21 back in week 2.
Taking a look at the week 10 lines, oddsmakers currently have Miami favored by 3-points over Washington with the total set at 37.5 points.
Things have really took a turn for the worse in Washington. The Redskins went into their bye week leading the NFC East with a 3-1 record. Since that point they have been outscored 95-44 in four straight losses, and are tied for last in the division with Philadelphia at 3-5.
Right now the Redskins simply can’t put enough offense together to win a game. They have managed to score just four touchdowns in their last four games, and three of the four have came late in the fourth quarter.
In their latest game against San Francisco, Washington trailed 19-3 before finally scoring a touchdown with 1:10 left int he fourth quarter. John Beck threw for 254 yards and a touchdown, but also threw his fourth interception since taking over the starting job from Rex Grossman back in week 7.
Washington’s biggest problem has been their inability to put any sort of running game together. They are averaging a miserable 53 yards a game on the ground during their four game skid, and the loss of starting running back Tim Hightower to a season ending knee injury have only made things worse. Roy Helu got the start against the 49ers. He managed just 41 yards on 10 attempts, but caught an impressive 14 passes for 105 yards.
It won’t be easy for the Redskins to get the offense rolling on the road against a Miami team that will be playing with a lot of confidence. The Dolphins defense is allowing just under 14 points a game over their last three, and are 14th in the NFL against the run, allowing just 110. 6 ypg.
I don’t think there was any doubt the Dolphins were better than what their 0-7 record led on, and they proved that with their win over Kansas City. The 28-point blowout was the third largest margin of victory in NFL history by a team that came in without a win in their first seven games. There is still work to be done in Miami, the Dolphins are 0-3 at home this season and just 1-10 in their last 11 dating back to last season.
The Dolphins came into the game against the Chiefs struggling to do much of anything on offense. Miami had been held to 17 or fewer points in each of their last six games, but exploded for 31 points thanks to big efforts from a number of players.
Matt Moore threw for a season-high 244 yards and three touchdowns, Brandon Marshall caught eight passes for 106 yards and a score, Reggie Bush had 142 yards of offense and a touchdown, and tight end Anthony Fassano made the most of his two catches with two touchdown grabs.
As good as the Dolphins looked against Kansas City, I have a hard time seeing that offense repeating that success this week. Washington is going to come in extremely motivated to get back on the board with a win, and they have been very good defensively despite their recent struggles. The Redskins are 20th against the run (122.6 ypg) and 11th against the pass (218.8 ypg).
Washington is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as a road underdog of 3.5-10.0.
Miami is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win.