The Oakland Raiders leave the east coast, with yet another unexplainable loss, as they were routed by the Miami Dolphins 35-13.
Most of the damage was done in the third quarter by Miami’s running back, Reggie Bush, who rushed for 172 yards, and scored two touchdowns.
Two words come to mind when I think about Oakland performance Sunday, head-scratcher.
Offensively, Carson Palmer throws for 373 yards, but manages to lead the team to only one offensive touchdown. Running back, Darren McFadden, rushes for only 22 yards on 11 rushes. The Raiders should be averaging 21-24 points in their sleep, rather than struggling to muster up 13 points against the Dolphins. Offensive coordinator, Greg Knapp, has to address the problems in the running game ASAP, or the season could be done for the Raiders by week 4.
Defensively, Oakland had a solid first half, holding Miami to seven points. However, their Achilles heel of last season reared its ugly head, as they gave up two big rushing plays to Bush. The defense was solid against the run in between the tackles, but could not slow down Bush & Co. on the perimeter. Bush’s play allowed rookie quarterback, Ryan Tannehill to make enough plays in the fourth quarter to put the nail in the coffin.
Head coach, Bruce Allen’s in-game adjustments were non-existent, as they allowed a rebuilding Dolphins team to gash them up for 35 points. In his post-game press conference, he would explain the team’s offensive woes on not having good field position to start their drives, but going 1-for-12 on third down doesn’t help the cause either. Plus, if you leave a defense on the field long enough, they will become susceptible, and exposed to some possible big plays, eventually.
I don’t think Raider Nation had the mindset of taking two steps back, before they took one step forward this year. They have been through that process over the last five years, and when you’ve had chances to win your division two years in a row, regressing shouldn’t be an option. With the Pittsburgh Steelers coming into the Black Hole next week, Allen must show that this Raiders team has some form of resiliency, if they truly plan on contending for the division.
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Written by Arthur Kai