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The battle of the winless started out with three consecutive Washington three-and-outs. However, on the last play of the first quarter, everything seemed to shift on a nondescript Adrian Peterson run where again three of his blockers put him at risk in the backfield, but he still cut his way to a five-yard gain.
Terry McLaurin had two nice touchdown grabs, but the play that really stuck out was the corner route Case Keenum threw from the back of the Washington end zone. The coverage was tighter and the sideline was closer than either of his touchdowns coming just one play after an almost safety. It was a crucial play in the game.
Quinton Dunbar had a good game in coverage and made a timely interception for Washington in the second quarter just as Miami was making a move down the field with their best drive on the game to that point, undercutting the route of the Dolphins receiver to get to the ball first.
Landon Collins was involved throughout the game. He recorded a sack early and made multiple short-yardage stops in coverage, but his highlight of the game came early in the fourth quarter when he made a touchdown-saving pass breakup.
The Dolphins' secondary was up to the task much of the day, including rookie cornerback Nik Needham making his NFL debut, who shut down Paul Richardson in the second quarter on a slant and knocked the ball away forcing a punt.
Ryan Fitzpatrick came in for the fourth quarter and immediately had the Dolphins offense working, manufacturing a touchdown drive on his first possession to get Miami back in the game before hooking up with DeVante Parker for a touchdown late on to give his team a chance of winning the game.
Kalen Ballage made two big plays in the game on a jet sweep on fourth down in the first quarter, picking up the first down. But his most important contribution came on Miami's first drive of the fourth quarter, where he bundled his way into the end zone for Miami's first touchdown.