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Mike Masala

4 things to know about Dolphins-Commanders heading into Week 13

The Miami Dolphins are headed on the road again this week, as they’ll take on the Washington Commanders at FedEx Field on Sunday for a Week 13 battle.

Miami has started off strong this year, but they’ve been rather inconsistent as far as playing well on both sides of the ball during the same game. They’re hoping to change that against a team that hasn’t been great offensively or defensively thus far.

The Commanders haven’t had the best year, as they’ve gone 4-8 through their first 12 games, including 1-4 in their last five. After firing defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio over the past week, they need to show some ability to slow down opposing offenses.

However, we figured that we’d provide a few things that the Dolphins and Commanders fanbases should know and think about before the game.


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Points scored per game (2023)

  • Washington (20.5 – 20th)
  • Miami (30.8 – 2nd)

Points allowed per game (2023)

  • Washington (29.2 – 32nd)
  • Miami (22.8 – 23rd)

Yards gained per game (2023)

  • Washington (343.8 – 14th)
  • Miami (430.5 – 1st)

Yards allowed per game (2023)

  • Washington (377.7 – 29th)
  • Miami (305.2 – 7th)


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The Dolphins are 9-6 all-time against Washington and are 2-1 since 2010. They’ve won their only game at FedEx Field in that span.

Miami and Washington have also played twice in the Super Bowl, with each franchise winning once.

Injury concerns

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The two teams have multiple injuries that they’re battling after two practices.

For Miami, safety Jevon Holland hasn’t practiced. Left tackle Terron Armstead, running back De’Von Achane, linebacker Bradley Chubb, wide receiver Tyreek Hill, right guard Robert Jones, fullback Alec Ingold, running back Raheem Mostert, tight end Durham Smythe and center Connor Williams have been limited.

For Washington, cornerback Emmanuel Forbes Jr. and defensive end James Smith-Williams haven’t participated. Fullback Alex Armah and center Tyler Larsen have been limited.


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  • Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel served as a Washington offensive assistant from 2011-12 and wide receivers coach in 2013.
  • Dolphins special teams coordinator Danny Crossman spent a training camp with Washington as a defensive back in 1990.
  • Dolphins assistant head coach/tight ends coach Jon Embree served as Washington’s tight ends coach in 2010.
  • Commanders defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina played for the Dolphins from 2003-06.
  • Commanders defensive quality control coach Reggie Howard played for the Dolphins from 2004-05.
  • Commanders center Tyler Larsen spent time on Miami’s practice squad in 2014.
  • Commanders tight end Logan Thomas spent time on Miami’s practice squad in 2015.
  • Commanders quarterback Jacoby Brissett played for the Dolphins in 2021.
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