The lack of faith leading to that line is palpable, yet it seems reasonable to think the Redskins (0-5) might get a bump from switching from Jay Gruden to Bill Callahan. Washington’s defense, which held strong for 30 minutes against Tom Brady last week (before thoroughly collapsing), should have more sustained success against Josh Rosen.
Since the Redskins never do anything right, I'm going to say they win the game they're supposed to lose. Also, the Dolphins defense has been so bad this season that I think even the Redskins will be able to move the ball. The Dolphins are giving up 472 yards and 40.8 points per game, which is incredibly horrible when you consider that the next closest defenses are only giving up 411 yards and 27.2 points per game.
Those putting the Redskins’ in the same helpless category as the Dolphins need to chill out just a bit. Washington’s net yards per play is minus-1.1, which is terrible but somehow acceptable next to Miami’s nearly three-times worse minus-3.
Washington is bad. Really bad. But before you take the Dolphins here, remember that Miami has looked like the worst team in the NFL’s modern era through the first quarter of the season.
WAS -5.5 SILVER (0.25 UNITS)
At the same time, the Dolphins will come out flying after their bye week knowing this is their chance to crack the goose egg, too. Washington still has superior talent, and if the visitors protect the ball with more commitment to the run, they can win a low-scoring game by a field goal.
In a game between two winless teams, take the home team getting more than a field goal. Miami will probably get a victory at some point in 2019. Sunday might be their best chance to slide into the win column.
The Redskins are a mess and now have an interim coach in Bill Callahan. Does it matter? Yes, Miami isn't good but at home in the heat and coming off a bye, I think they will show up.
We’re not talking about this game.
When two historically putrid football teams play, you have to take the points. Those are the rules.
The Dolphins are at home, coming off a bye and getting points against a team coming off a coaching change.
Normally, I’d lean toward the team that just fired its head coach. But the Redskins are turning to Bill Callahan — not some young upstart — and moving on from Jay Gruden might only compound Washington’s problems.
Well, the only redeeming quality to emerge from this game is that one of these teams will emerge with their first victory of the season. The Redskins have a new interim coach, Bill Callahan, after Jay Gruden was fired. The Dolphins will need one soon.