• Washington is second- or third-to-last in: Third-down conversion rate, points allowed and third down defense. Their major takeaway? It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. Both Washington and Miami seem to have spent the better part of the last six years floating in football purgatory. How We Arrived at One of the Worst Games in Modern NFL History. The game wasn't nearly as close as the 14-7 final score might suggest because Washington's touchdown came as the result of kicker Garo Yepremian's infamous blunder when he "tried" to throw a pass after a late field goal attempt was blocked. A look back at the history between the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles. If you’re into football anthropology, Sunday is a fascinating case study in the collision of teams who have refused to admit that there were serious, structural flaws on their roster over an incredibly long (by NFL standards) period of time and the different ways they respond. We haven’t seen nearly enough of 34-year-old running back Adrian Peterson. Those players almost always become an essential part of the team’s fabric from an emotional standpoint as well. Learn more about what to expect at Hard Rock Stadium in 2020. On the surface, Sunday’s matchup between 0–4 Miami and 0–5 Washington feels like a … Washington cracked the top 10 four times (and finished just outside the top 10 this past March) and Miami three times. October showdowns against the Bills in Buffalo have featured defensive battles. The Eagles, Patriots and Rams are perfect examples of teams who, for the most part, stockpile high value free agents and hit on the top-of-market expenditures when they do make them. Not surprisingly, in a snapshot of one offseason, the Dolphins and Washington are among the worst teams in the NFL in getting the most out of their money. The problem comes when teams gamble big and lose consistently, especially at times when an obvious teardown is in order. The Ringer posited, in part, that this is a side effect of the schematic revolution: Most quarterbacks are at least good enough now in their passer-friendly systems, which forces the few teams with excellent quarterbacks into a higher tier (New England) and the few teams with below average quarterbacks (Washington, Miami) into a lower, unseen tier. No problem. Peyton Manning's NFL debut was against the Miami Dolphins in 1998. Washington lost 24-3 to the New York Giants in Week 4. A look back at the history between the Dolphins and Jets, focusing on December games in New York. It’s easy to see an almost systematic pattern between both teams to panic-spend themselves into the playoffs when it becomes clear that the roster isn’t good enough, instead of using the medium to get incrementally and sustainably better.