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Washington Redskins Win First Game Under Bill Callahan

The Washington Redskins and interim head coach Bill Callahan picked up their first win of the season on Sunday. A failed two-point conversion with six seconds left decided the game, as the Redskins beat the struggling Dolphins 17-16.

Callahan Insisted on Running the Ball

After five-straight losses, Bill Callahan made it a point last week to run the football more.

“I envision us as a running team,” Callahan said on Oct. 8 in his first presser. “I’d like to get our running game going.”

On Sunday, the Redskins rushed for 145 yards for the second straight week; in Weeks 1-4, they had just 199 total rushing yards. Running back Adrian Peterson led the way with 118 yards off 23 carries — his first game above 37 yards this season.

However, the running game wasn’t enough to keep the Dolphins down. Quarterback Case Keenum did his best to manage the game and connected with rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin on two touchdown throws. McLaurin would catch two more balls to give him four for 100 yards receiving.

Too Close for Comfort

Though the Redskins’ defense contained the Dolphins for most of Sunday’s win, it ultimately came down to the fourth quarter. Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen struggled early on, completing 15/25 passes for just 85 yards. Rosen also threw two interceptions, which forced head coach Brian Flores to turn to journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick. “Fitzmagic” brought Miami back into the game by completing 12/18 passes for 132 yards, along with a very late touchdown. Flores kept his offense on the field to attempt a game-winning two-point conversion, but running back Kenyan Drake dropped a screen pass, resulting in a Redskins’ victory.

The win for Washington moved them to 1-5 on the season, whereas the Dolphins remain winless.


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