MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) – The Oakland Raiders headed residence early Monday after an extended journey, prepared for a relaxation with their season again on observe.
Derek Carr threw for 300 yards and Oakland accomplished a two-game East Coast swing Sunday night time by beating the Miami Dolphins 27-24. It was solely the Raiders’ second win since Week 2, however at Four-5 they’re nonetheless within the playoff chase.
“An actual strong win on the street,” coach Jack Del Rio stated. “We’re able to get residence.”
The Raiders spent the week working towards in Sarasota, Florida, after dropping every week in the past at Buffalo. Following a bye, their subsequent recreation is Nov. 19 in Mexico Metropolis.
The Dolphins fell to Four-Four. Listed below are issues to find out about their second consecutive prime-time defeat, and the Raiders’ change in path:
Carr went 21 for 30. His favourite goal was tight finish Jared Cook dinner, who made eight catches for 126 yards.
Seldom-used Johnny Holton had the largest catch, a 44-yard landing reception on an extended cross from Carr. Holton’s solely different catch this yr went 64 yards for a rating.
“When he will get within the recreation, individuals are pointing him out – ‘Oh, the quick man is in,'” Carr stated.
“Johnny can go get it, man,” Del Rio stated.
Oakland’s Marshawn Lynch scored twice in his return from a one-game suspension for shoving an official. His 22-yard landing run was his longest achieve this yr, and he completed with 57 yards on 14 carries.
Carr stated the offense was completely different with Lynch again.
“Much more jokes, him speaking trash to me,” Carr stated. “He is our brother. We love him. The extra we will run the ball, the extra stress it takes off me. I am all for that.”
SLIPPING TO .500
Jay Cutler returned to offer Miami’s worst-in-the-NFL offense some life. After lacking one recreation with cracked ribs, he accomplished his first 16 throws and completed with 311 yards passing and three scores.
The offense additionally overcame the latest commerce of main rusher Jay Ajayi. Working backs Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams every made six catches, and Drake had a 42-yard run to arrange a landing.
However now the protection is exhibiting cracks. The Dolphins have allowed 95 factors up to now three video games, and so they’re the AFC’s lone .500 crew.
“No person needs to be Four-Four,” defensive deal with Ndamukong Suh stated. “Fortunately it is midway. We nonetheless have alternatives.”
Miami performs its third consecutive prime-time recreation on Monday, Nov. 13.
Marshall Newhouse, the Raiders’ 330-pound deal with, briefly turned an imposing ball service when he scooped up a Carr fumble and took off. He additionally fumbled when hit, and Miami recovered.
“I do not actually assume he was pondering first down,” Del Rio stated. “He was pondering, ‘I will rating.'”
Dolphins gamers Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills knelt in the course of the nationwide anthem for the primary time since coach Adam Gase established a rule requiring gamers both to face for the anthem or keep within the tunnel.
Earlier than latest video games, the three gamers waited within the tunnel. However they advised Gase the wait was interfering with their recreation preparation, in keeping with an individual aware of the discussions.
The individual stated Gase advised them he most popular they stand in the course of the anthem however revered their proper to precise themselves and relaxed the crew rule. The individual spoke to the AP on situation of anonymity as a result of the Dolphins did not touch upon the most recent protests.
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