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Redskins at Dolphins: 5 Questions

- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 10, 2011

1. Is this the game it clicks for John Beck? He steadily regressed from his relief appearance against Philadelphia to the 10-sack Buffalo game, but he was better last week. Coaches believe experience will help him better find open receivers and throw on time.

2. Are the Redskins able to sustain a running game for a full game? They have averaged 9.8 second-half rushing yards per game during their four-game losing streak. It's a cycle. They fall behind because they can't run; then they don't run because they've fallen behind.

3. How will the patchwork offensive line hold up? With right tackle Jammal Brown (groin) unlikely to play, the Redskins might start two backups. Sean Locklear was uneven in two starts at left tackle and gave up a sack in relief of Brown last week. Beck needs better protection.

4. Can the defense match up with Miami's explosiveness at the skill positions? Running back Reggie Bush and receivers Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess are big-play threats, and the Redskins through eight games have given up 42 plays of at least 20 yards. That's worse than last season's pace for 70.

5. Will the return game wake up? The Redskins' offense desperately needs some field position help from return specialist Brandon Banks and his blockers. Washington's average starting field position during its four-game losing streak: 23-yard line, 20, 30, 21. A big return might provide a spark and some momentum.

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