Raiders Blown Out in Miami: Complete Breakdown and Analysis


Sep 16, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen reacts during the game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins defeated the Raiders 35-13. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

85 degrees, scattered clouds at kick-off. Hot and Humid in Miami.

The Raiders, suffering from jet lag, allowed the Miami offense to roll on the Silver and Black on the opening drive. 12 plays, 80 yards, 5 minutes and 41 Seconds. Hartline and Bush supply needed effort and yardage to take early lead. The Blackshirt defense looked lethargic in the opening drive.

Ryan Tannehill made plays with his legs and arm, ran into the end zone on a bootleg, getting his first N.F.L. rushing touchdown. Miami took an early 7-0 lead

Backed up near the goal line the Raiders put together a snappy drive to even the score 7-7.  Six plays 92 yards in 3 minutes and17 seconds. After a Heyward-Bay reception and a Marcel Reece catch for 14 yards, Carson Palmer hooked up with Mike Goodson for 64 yards and six points for the Raiders. A Janikowski extra-point tied it with 36 seconds left in the first quarter.

Next possession: T]the Raiders defensive front put pressure on Tannehill. Matt Shaughnessy got a sack, pressure bothering the young signal caller from Texas A&M, on third and long throw is out quick, and off target due to pressure from Seymour and Shaughnessy.

Right before half, the Raiders displayed some magic and some disappointment. David Ausbury displayed some rumbling and some shimmy ans he advanced the ball 31 yards on a receptions from Palmer. Palmer then failed the offense by not getting the ball to McFadden early on a rout to get seven before the half. The Raiders settled for a Janikowski FG to take the lead into the locker room 10-7 at half.

Second half begins and the Raiders offense goes three and out. Palmer did not look comfortable in the pocket throwing high and behind the receivers.

Poor tackling by four Raiders allowed Reggie Bush to score on a 23-yard touch down jaunt. Miami had gone five possessions with out a first down, and finally put the hammer down then took the lead 14-10 in the 3rd quarter with 7:57 left in the third quarter.

Carson Palmer, on the ensuing series, has some success hitting Myers for a nice gain and McFadden for 13 but miscues on a 3rd and 3 with an incomplete pass to D. Moore.

The Miami Dolphins unleashed Reggie Bush for 44 yard and a TD as the entire Raider defense loses contain and allows Bush to snap to the outside and give the Dolphins a 21-10 lead in the 3rd qtr. For 14 unanswered points in the last two drives by Miami. Reggie Bush has 129 yard in 17 carries with two touchdowns.

A Phillip Adams a punt return of 45 yards sets the Raiders up for a potential score. The return to the Dolphin 25 yard line is the best starting position for the Raiders on the day.

Two incomplete passes and a failed run by McFadden set up another Janikowski field goal to keep the Raiders in the hunt: 21-13.

Ryan Tannehill threw his first TD pass with 11:45 left in the fourth quarter; the eight play, 80-yard drive stymied the Raider defense.

Tannehill rolled out to move the pocket, using his athletic ability and connected the TD pass to tight-end Anthony Fasano for a 14 yard gain and his first touchdown pass in the NFL. Miami extended its lead 28-13.

No relief in sight for the Black and Silver as the Dolphins drove the ball down the field in eight plays gobbling up 75 yards in 5 minutes and 18 seconds. Reggie Bush had a career record with 26 carries.

Meanwhile, Lamar Miller scored his first NFL touchdown with a 15 yard splash into the end zone. The Raiders trail in the 4th quarter with four minutes to go 35-13.

Carson Palmer pass intended for D.Moore is intercepted by R. Jones at the Miami 35. It is the first turnover in the game for either team. Two minutes remain in the game.

At the end of the game the stats are as lopsided as the score. Darren McFadden struggled in game two only picking up 22 yards. Carson Palmer threw under pressure and had 373 yard and one interception. Palmer was 24 for 48 not the numbers the Raiders are looking for from him or McFadden. The Raiders had 5 penalties for 42 yards for the second week in building self discipline. The time of possession tilted in favor of the Fish as they held the ball for 34:41 and the Silver and Black 25:19.

Team Stats


First Downs    18     24

Total Plays      62     74

Total Yards   396   452

Passing          373   189

Rushing           23   263

Penalties     5 / 42    3 / 21

Possession   25:19  34:41

Turnovers           1         0

A six hour flight back to Oakland, a day to recover and reflect. The Raider Nation

is making strides and will continue to grow and improve.

The formula for achieving a successful season is simple: you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster. We will get better.