The Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins will hit the 2015 regular season with totally different goals with the Fins looking to reach the postseason after falling just short in each of the last three seasons and Washington simply looking to stop making from page news because of their n ever-ending drama with former ‘franchise’ quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Matchup: Miami Dolphins at Washington
Date: Sunday, Sept 13th, 2015
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Landover, Maryland
Stadium: FedEx Field
TV Info: CBS
Spread: Dolphins -3.5
Game Total: 43.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Radio: Miami Vs Washington
Ironically, these first week rivals posted polar-opposite preseason records with Washington going 3-1 SU and ATS during the scrimmage season and Miami going 1-3 SU and ATS,
Still, there’s a reason why simulations have Miami winning and covering the spread in this matchup 53 percent of the time and a whopping 64.1 percent of the betting public backing the Dolphins.
Those reasons include the fact that Washington is going with turnover-prone Kirk Cousins as their starting quarterback while Miami is led by still-blossoming signal-caller Ryan Tannehill.
In addition to that, the Dolphins also have a pair of elite defensive linemen in defensive end Cameron Wake and unstoppable defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Miami ‘s defense caused a lot of problems for opponents in the preseason and I expect them to be one of the best in the league this season.
Washington has too much locker room ‘drama’ with Griffin III going from the team’s expected starter prior to Week 3 of the preseason to third-string backup, although he never got a real chance to hold on to his tenuous position after suffering a concussion in their Week 2 preseason contest.
I’m also no big believer in head coach Jay Gruden and I’m going on record right now to say that his foolishness will likely get him fired at some point this season.
Game Analysis: Despite being on the road in this opener and dealing with injuries to wide receiver DeVante Parker and starting left tackle Branden Albert I believe the Miami Dolphins are the right pick to get the outright win and accompanying ATS cover.
Washington went 1-4 ATS in its last five games of the 2014 season while losing seven of its last eight games outright. Making matters even worse is the fact that the Redskins are just 3-9 SU in its last dozen home games and a discouraging 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games.
I am picking the Dolphins as a smart wager in this matchup. My final score prediction is Miami 24, Washington 18.