Suh/ Wake vs. Redskins offensive line
The Redskins offensive line had its struggles in the preseason (see game against the Lions). I’m interested to see how rookie Brandon Scherff and second year tackle Morgan Moses hold up against Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake, two of the best pass rushers in the NFL. I thought Washington’s offensive line did well in the run blocking area in the preseason and maybe we will see a heavy dose of that against Miami.
Brent Grimes vs. DeSean Jackson
Brent Grimes never seems to get the credit he deserves and on Sunday as the top cornerback on the Dolphins, will draw the assignment of going against DeSean Jackson. Kirk Cousins completed 17 of 34 passes to Jackson last season, two of which went for touchdowns. If the Redskins can get a few explosive plays out of Jackson on Sunday it will help get Cousins comfortable and open up the rest of the field.
Branden Albert vs. Ryan Kerrigan
Branden Albert has been nursing an injured knee in the preseason after tearing his ACL and MCL last season. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said on Wednesday that Albert is healthy and ready to go. Ryan Kerrigan will be a stiff opening test for a player, who hasn’t seen live reps in a season. If there’s one area I think the Redskins could have a slight advantage it’s here.
Players to watch
This is an obvious one but I’m excited to see what improvements Kirk Cousins has made from last season. Locking in on one receiver or moving through progressions to fast were a big problem I had with Cousins last season, there was no in between. It wasn’t all bad for Cousins, he threw 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season. He also did a good job of spreading the ball around to a lot of different receivers. Again obvious statement but the offense will go as far as him and his protection take him.
I love watching Jordan Reed, unfortunately he’s usually hurt. Reed has only played in 20 games the last two seasons. Tight ends averaged a little over 12 yards per catch against the Dolphins last year and Reed is a guy who can stretch the field vertically. I can’t wait to see how he matches up against local product Jelani Jenkins.