Sunday, December 4, 2011
Wrap-up: Dolphins 34, Raiders 14
By Bill Williamson
A look at a terrible day for the Oakland Raiders, who lost to the Miami Dolphins 34-14:
What it means: Oakland was uncompetitive and badly outplayed by the 4-8 Dolphins. Miami led 34-0 until late in the game. Oakland dropped to 7-5 and now is tied with Denver for first place in the AFC West. Oakland is 4-2 on the road this season.
Palmer struggles: Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer wasn’t overly impressive Sunday. Yes, he ended up with 273 passing yards and two touchdown passes, but he had his issues. Palmer is going to need to take the next step if the Raiders are going to reach the playoffs.
McClain plays: Oakland linebacker Rolando McClain played Sunday, three days after being arrested in his hometown in Alabama on assault charges. McClain did not start but had a team-high eight tackles.
Missing firepower: The Raiders need to get healthy. They were missing running backs Darren McFadden and Taiwan Jones and receiver Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore. That is a lot of speed on the sidelines. The team is hopeful McFadden will return next week for the first time since Oct. 23.
Seymour ejected: Oakland defensive lineman Richard Seymour was ejected for throwing a punch at a Miami offensive lineman. It was the third time in three years with Oakland that Seymour has been ejected from a game. He will likely face a stiff fine, if not a short suspension.
Penalties a problem again: Oakland was penalized 10 times for 91 yards. The Raiders are the most penalized team in the NFL. They improved in that area last week when they were flagged just six times for 44 yards.
Run attack stopped: Oakland couldn’t do much against Miami’s stout run defense. It had just 46 yards on 14 carries. Michael Bush had just 18 yards on 10 carries. Because the Dolphins jumped so far ahead, the Raiders had to abandon the run.
What’s next: Oakland plays at unbeaten Green Bay as the Raiders begin the final quarter of the season.