If anyone says Rolando McClain’s off field incident wasn’t a distraction last week during preparation for the Dolphins, they are flat out lying to you. The Raiders no-showed against the Dolphins Sunday falling to the Dolphins 34-14.
The Raiders were easily outplayed, out-hustled, and dominated in all aspects of the game. On offense, Carson Palmer looked lost out there. He completed 20 out of 41 passes, threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns but also had an interception returned 34 yards for an interception by Kevin Burnett. Michael Bush had his most unimpressive game of the season when he rushed for 18 yards on 10 carries.
On defense, the Raiders could not stop the Dolphins. Reggie Bush ran for 100 yards with one touchdown and while his running mate, Daniel Thomas, ran for 73 yards. They gave up 362 yards of offense, 209 of them coming on the ground. Trailing 20-0, things went from bad to worse when Richard Seymour was ejected from the game for throwing a “punch”.
Look Ahead: With the loss, the Raiders fall to 2nd in the AFC West behind Tim Tebow’s Broncos. After beating the bears behind Sebastian Janikowski’s six field goals and being outplayed by the Dolphins, are the Raiders regressing? I say no. The Raiders take on the undefeated Packers but then have three favorable games against the Lions, Chiefs, and Chargers. Still look for the Raiders to take the AFC West crown and make the playoffs as they finish the season 3-1 and an overall record of 10-6.