Two teams that fell in week one will do battle in Miami in week two, as the Raiders and Dolphins meet in an AFC showdown at Sun Life Stadium.
The Fins were bad last week in a 30-10 loss to the Texas, as rookie QB Ryan Tannehill was shaky at best in his first NFL start, going 20 for 36 for 219 yards with three picks, all within six minutes of the second quarter.
The Dolphins rushed for only 79 yards, held the ball for nearly 10 minutes less than the Texans and fumbled three times – losing one. They need a steady diet of Reggie Bush in order to beat the Raiders, and Tannehill needs to not make the same mistakes that cost the Dolphins in Houston.
“There were some good throws,” Miami coach Joe Philbin said. “He did some good things, there’s no question about it. It wasn’t like he got flustered. It wasn’t like you saw a ton of bad decisions. … There are some good pictures of him throwing the ball accurately and moving nicely in the pocket.”
The Raiders have a lot of issues of their own, as they lost at home Monday night to the Chargers 22-14 in a game they looked lackluster in for new head coach Dennis Allen.
Carson Palmer completed 32 of 46 passes for 297 yards and a touchdown while not throwing an INT. Running back Darren McFadden was held to 32 yards on 15 carries, but he caught a career-high 13 passes for 86 yards.
The special teams killed the Raiders, as a blocked punt and another fumbled led to Charger points.
For the most part, the Oakland D held in against the Chargers, and will have to pressure Tannehill and make sure not to let Bush get away from them once he gets the ball.
Miami has won three straight and six of seven in this series. The Dolphins jumped out to a 34-0 lead at home en route to a 34-14 victory in the last matchup Dec. 4.
This is going to be a game of two offenses trying to find their game early in the year, and I think in the end the Raiders with the better kicker will find a way late to win it.
Oakland 13 Miami 10