The Miami Dolphins are certainly feeling good coming off their
Washington Redskins quarterback John Beck is still searching for
Going up against his former team, Beck looks to help the
Redskins avoid losing a fifth consecutive game for the first time
in 10 years when they visit the Dolphins on Sunday.
After opening with seven consecutive defeats, Miami took out its
frustration last Sunday with a 31-3 rout of Kansas City. The
Dolphins (1-7), who rank 25th in the league with 17.3 points per
game, didn’t look like a team that has struggled to score as Matt
Moore threw for a season-high 244 yards and three touchdowns.
Miami’s win was the third-largest margin of victory ever by a
team that was 0-7 or worse entering the game. The Dolphins didn’t
commit a turnover after having one in 22 consecutive contests,
leaving Washington (3-5) with the longest active streak with a
turnover – also 22 games.
“It was absolutely great to get a little reward for all the work
we’ve put in, just to have that feeling of getting a win under your
belt,” Moore said. “I think guys now understand that, ‘Yeah we can
do this,’ and they’re hungry and we’re going to enjoy this one and
get ready for Washington.”
That means preparing for Beck’s return. He was a second-round
pick of the Dolphins in 2007, but he failed to record a win in five
games that year – four starts – and was released after the 2008
Beck didn’t get another start until last month, a week after
replacing Rex Grossman under center during a loss to Philadelphia
on Oct. 16. He fell to 0-3 as Washington’s starter after throwing
for 254 yards with a TD and an interception in a 19-11 loss to San
Francisco last Sunday.
“When you’re the quarterback and the team hasn’t been winning
games, you want to step up to the plate,” Beck told the Redskins’
official website. “You want to win games. I think in the league,
week-in and week-out you see it – the desire to win, the feel for
the need to win a game. It’s always there.
“There’s always pressure every week regardless of who you’re
playing or the situation you’re in. Even when you’re winning all
your games or you’re not – there’s always pressure to win.”
Last Sunday marked the fourth straight loss overall for the
Redskins, who haven’t dropped five in a row since Sept. 9-Oct. 15,
The Redskins have been outscored 95-44 during their skid,
including a 23-0 loss to Buffalo the previous week – the first time
coach Mike Shanahan has been shut out in 24 years a head coach or
“If we come out and get some points on the board early, maybe
the game would be different,” receiver Jabar Gaffney said. “But
these last four games, we’ve fallen behind in all of them and, it’s
like, as soon as the other team scores, it’s not the same feeling
on the sideline. People aren’t looking the same, aren’t playing the
With Tim Hightower (torn ACL) out for the season and Ryan Torain
struggling, Shanahan turned to versatile rookie running back Roy
Helu last Sunday. Making his first career start, Helu rushed for 41
yards on 10 carries and set a franchise record with 14 receptions
for 105 yards.
The fourth-round pick out of Nebraska, though, did lose a key
fumble which led to a San Francisco touchdown.
“Helu has the speed to make some big plays,” Shanahan said. “I
think you can see he is a pretty good all-around back. He made some
plays. I think he’d like to have that fumble back.”
Shanahan has yet to announce who will start against the
Dolphins. Miami has surrendered an average of 140.3 rushing yards
in three home games this season.
The Dolphins have lost seven straight and 12 of 13 at Sun Life
Stadium. Washington is 0-4 all-time at Miami but took the last
meeting between the teams, 16-13 in overtime Sept. 9, 2007.
The Dolphins are expected to have Vontae Davis back this week
after the cornerback was disciplined and held out against the
Chiefs for showing up late to practice.