In the 2012 NFL Draft, the big names were the quarterbacks – Andrew Luck and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. Luck went first to the Indianapolis Colts and Griffin second to the Washington Redskins in that year’s draft and while Luck has made a name for himself, Griffin has struggled. In that same draft, the Miami Dolphins found their quarterback of the future when they selected Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill with the eighth overall pick. Fast forward to week 1 of the 2015 NFL season and Tannehill will face not Griffin, but yet another quarterback drafted in 2012 – Kirk Cousins. The former Michigan State product won the Washington Redskins starting quarterback job over RGIII and Colt McCoy. Tannehill and Cousins will face off in the season opener but despite Washington playing at home, Dolphins vs Redskins odds favor Miami on the road by four points (-4) with NFL picks on the over/under total for week 1 set at 43.
Besides Luck, it has been Tannehill who has enjoyed the most success leading the Dolphins to an 8-8 record last year. He and the Dolphins are poised to do even greater things this season now that the team added TE Jordan Cameron and wide receivers Greg Jennings, Kenny Stills, and first round draft pick DeVante Parker from Louisville. The big news in Miami during the offseason was the addition of former Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who signed the richest defensive contract in league history in becoming a Dolphin. Will he make a difference? Absolutely, and certainly against an offensive line in Washington that may have two rookie starters. For head coach Joe Philbin's squad to cover the 4-point spread as road favorites in Miami Dolphins vs Washington Redskins odds, Suh along with DE Cameron Wake will need to dominate the Redskins offensive line.
Washington's head coach Jay Gruden named Cousins the starter for Week 1 bringing about speculation that RGIII’s days in Maryland are numbered. Griffin suffered a concussion in a preseason game and fell behind Cousins on the depth chart. Cousins will have DeSean Jackson (56 receptions, 1,169 yards in 2014) as his No. 1 receiver. Jackson, who averaged over 20 yards per catch last year, is one of the NFL’s premier deep threats. If the Redskins pick up where they left off in 2014 losing seven of their last eight games to close the season, they will get blown out by an improving Miami Dolphins squad. As NFL picks for week 1 suggest, this could be the beginning of a long year in Washington. The season opener (Sunday, September 13th) between the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins can be seen live on CBS at 1:00pm EST from FedEx Field.