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Sept. 16, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Oakland Raiders tight end David Ausberry (86) is tackled by Miami Dolphins free safety Reshad Jones (20) during the second quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Season Week #4: vs. Miami Dolphins

Though they know better than to take early success for granted, how will the Oakland Raiders handle a deceptively tough test in week four?

Subplot:  London visit before the Bye week

This game is going to prove a tad more challenging than a normal one.  Not only will it feature the Oakland Raiders in London, which means a long flight across the country and then the Atlantic but it’s also the final game before the bye week.  Such circumstances can often lead to a letdown.  Head coach Dennis Allen will have to be very diligent in preparing his players for what will be a difficult adjustment.

Victory Conditions:

Look for quick strikes to Rod Streater and James Jones

A great way to win games that feature long flights is to score first and score quickly.  While there is no reason for being overly aggressive, the Raiders should look for a quick strike early in the ball game, before the Miami Dolphins defense is able to shake out the kinks of playing in a foreign time zone.  A good way to do it will be through the air with new quarterback Matt Schaub and his top two targets in Rod Streater or free agent James Jones.

Put new Dolphins O-line in front of Ryan Tannehill to the test

One key to remember about this Miami opponent is they featured the worst offensive line in the NFL last season, allowing just shy of 60 sacks on quarterback Ryan Tannehill.  So they spent the off-season doing everything in their power to improve it from signing Branden Albert at left tackle to drafting Ja’Wuan James at right tackle.  It will be up to the Oakland Raiders defense, led by Justin Tuck, Khalil Mack and LaMarr Woodley to put that new front to the test.

Prediction:  Dolphins win 26-24

Tags: James Jones Matt Schaub Oakland Raiders Rod Streater Ryan Tannehill

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