Final/OT

Dolphins 13

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Redskins 16

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, September 9, 2007

FedEx Field, Landover, MD 

1 2 3 4 OT T
MIA 0 7 3 3 013
WSH 0 3 7 3 316

Top Performers

Passing: J. Campbell (WSH) - 222 YDS, 2 INT

Rushing: C. Portis (WSH) - 17 CAR, 98 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Randle El (WSH) - 5 REC, 162 YDS

Campbell, Redskins edge Dolphins with overtime victory

Associated Press

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- OK, so maybe Clinton Portis still is a No. 1 back, despite the knee injury that cost him all of preseason.

And Antwaan Randle El? Yes, his career-high 162 yards receiving more than makes his case as a No. 2 receiver.

And the Washington Redskins? They don't have the gloomy feeling of starting the season with an upset loss at home the way they did last year.

Scouts Buzz
Jason Campbell showed late in the first quarter why the Redskins will have a chance to be competitive every Sunday.

Campbell took a five-step drop and looked for Antwaan Randle El on a go route, who beat the corner inside and created separation with his speed, gradually working the route to the sideline. Campbell placed the ball exactly where he needed to over Randle El's left shoulder and away from the corner, dropping it in for a 35-yard completion that got Washington out of its own end of the field and helped set up the Redskins' first score of the game.

Campbell showed impressive accuracy and arm strength, and if he can make reads and throws like that all season Washington will have a chance.
-- Marwan Maalouf, Scouts Inc.
Complete Week 1 Scouts Buzz

The Redskins got the morale boost they needed Sunday with a 16-13 overtime victory over the Miami Dolphins, though they know they won't get much credit for barely beating a rookie-heavy, rebuilding team with a new coach and a new quarterback.

"It don't shut them up -- we need the doomsayers," said Portis, who shook off the rust of a months-long battle with tendinitis to run for 98 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. "We don't need nobody to jump on our bandwagon."

Shaun Suisham kicked three field goals, including a 39-yarder 5:36 into the extra period, and Randle El had a big hand in all of Washington's points in regulation as the Redskins took the first step in their attempt to rebound from last year's 5-11, the worst season in Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs' career.

"It was critical for us to go out there and get a win today," Gibbs said. "First game of the season, opening up at home. We're in the business of winning ballgames. It doesn't matter how we get it done."

The victory came with a heavy price. Right tackle Jon Jansen broke his right ankle early in the second quarter and could be out for the year.

"It takes away a little bit from the win," right guard Randy Thomas said. "I'm down about that. That's a blow, man. That's a rock."

The loss spoiled Cam Cameron's first game as an NFL head coach, as well as quarterback Trent Green's debut with the Dolphins. Miami's day included a drive with back-to-back false starts, several drops by receivers, untimely penalties, strange time management on a scoring drive at the end of the first half, and a punt by rookie Brandon Fields that barely got off the ground yet somehow managed to bounce 30 yards downfield.

Both Miami and Washington were last-place teams in 2006, and it showed. Most baffling stat: five unused second-half timeouts at the end of regulation.

"We were able to have some drives, and then we hurt ourselves," said Green, who went 24-for-38 for 219 yards and one touchdown. "It wasn't good enough to get it done. That's the disappointing thing because I think we had some opportunities as an offense to do more. An errant throw, the penalties, the drops -- those are all things we did to ourselves."

Randle El, opening the year as the No. 2 receiver ahead of Brandon Lloyd, was the game's most dynamic player. His 35-yard catch set up a second-quarter field goal, and his 49-yard snag set up a 19-yard run by Portis for a 10-7 lead in the third quarter. His 15-yard punt return helped lead to Suisham's 44-yard field goal that put Washington ahead 13-10 with 5:30 remaining.

Randle El nearly won the game on a miracle play at the end of regulation, when he caught a deflected despertion pass at the 3, but was unable to reach the end zone.

He caught five passes, but his play on an incompletion was just as big. The 5-foot-10 receiver leaped high to barely tip an overthrow by Campbell with the score tied and less than two minutes left in regulation. If the ball wasn't deflected, cornerback Michael Lehan was there to make the interception with a clear path to score what probably would have been the winning touchdown.

"He did a great job of trying to make a play," Campbell said. "You don't expect him to give up on any route."

The Redskins won the toss to start overtime, took the kickoff and drove 58 yards in 10 plays, all but two runs by Portis and Ladell Betts. Portis ran 9 yards to Miami's 22 to set up Suisham's kick, which came on first down.

The Dolphins appeared to be driving for the winning touchdown in regulation before a holding penalty and an intentional grounding call forced the team to settle for Jay Feely's 36-yard field goal that tied the game with 1:55 remaining.

Campbell, who became the starter with seven games remaining last year, finished 12-for-21 for 222 yards and two interceptions.

Game notes


Other injuries: Washington S Vernon Fox (sprained groin), and Miami S Yeremiah Bell (calf), RB Jesse Chatman (knee) and DE Jason Taylor (quad). Taylor and Chatman returned to the game. ... Fred Smoot was the surprise starter ahead of Shawn Springs at cornerback for the Redskins.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
WSH
1st Downs1719
Passing 1st downs
129
Rushing 1st downs
310
1st downs from penalties
20
3rd down efficiency
4-137-14
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays6064
Total Yards273400
Yards per play4.66.3
Total Drives1212
Passing207209
Comp-Att
24-3812-21
Yards per pass
5.29.1
Interceptions thrown
02
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-122-13
Rushing66191
Rushing Attempts
2041
Yards per rush
3.34.7
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-31-2
Penalties8-617-65
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
02
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession30:3335:03

Passing Leaders

MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Green24/382195.8102-12
WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Campbell12/2122210.6022-13

Rushing Leaders

MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown11322.9012
Chatman7152.104
WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Portis17985.8119
Betts17593.5011

Receiving Leaders

MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Chambers69215.3028
Chatman6488.0022
WSHRECYDSAVGTDLG
Randle El516232.4054
Moss3289.3016

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERMIAWSH
wshFG12:14Shaun Suisham 31 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 67 yds, 6:42
03
miaTD0:04Justin Peelle, 1 yd pass from Trent Green (Jay Feely kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 62 yds, 4:23
73
THIRD QUARTERMIAWSH
wshTD11:54Clinton Portis, 19 yd run (Shaun Suisham kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 78 yds, 3:13
710
miaFG3:40Jay Feely 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 38 yds, 4:36
1010
FOURTH QUARTERMIAWSH
wshFG5:35Shaun Suisham 44 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 39 yds, 6:13
1013
miaFG2:00Jay Feely 36 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 62 yds, 3:35
1313
OVERTIMEMIAWSH
wshFG9:27Shaun Suisham 39 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 58 yds, 5:36
1316