Raiders Pillage a Victory in Miami
Like their team namesake, the Raiders pillage and plundered a victory in Miami against a Dolphins team that was reeling after a devastating loss to the Ravens. In what was the best performance of the season by the Miami offense, it still wasn’t good enough against an Oakland team struggling to find their identity as contender in the AFC. With each loss the playoff window for the Miami Dolphins dwindles smaller and smaller.
Costly penalties and lack of 3rd conversion in the fourth quarter is what gave the Raiders their victory. It wasn’t so much as what the Raiders did it was what the Dolphins didn’t do that led to Miami losing at home.
Jay Cutler had the best game of his Dolphin career going for 311 yards and three touchdowns on 34 of 42 passes. He looked crisp and fluid considering he is just two weeks removed for a rib injury that led to him missing the Ravens game. His passes had zip and when he was on the run his accuracy was still on point. This was the Jay Cutler the Dolphins were hoping to get when they signed him after the season ending injury to Ryan Tannehill.
This game also marked the first game after Miami traded Jay Ajayi to the Eagles. His replacement, Kenyan Drake ran for 69 yards on 9 carries, but also had a costly fumble in the red zone in the first half. While the offense line looked better, there is still room to get better.
The Raiders were led by Derek Carr who threw for 300 yards on 21 for 30 passing and by Marshawn Lynch. Lynch who only had 57 yards rushing, but added two rushing touchdowns. Tight end Jared Cook was Carr’s favorite target catching 8 passes for 126 yards. Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso had trouble all game keeping up with Cook.
Next up for the Dolphins is a Monday night showdown against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.