London, England – It took going across the pond for the Raiders to experience their worst defeat of the season. After scoring on opening drive, Oakland looked lost for the remaining game. It appeared the play calls might’ve been the catalyst to this defeat. Nothing seemed in synch on both the offense and defense thus the Miami Dolphins handed the Raiders a 38-14 loss headed into their bye week.
< p>“Obviously, we did not play well,” head coach Dennis Allen said. “We turned the ball over, we did not stop them on defense. We gave up too many explosive plays.”
The usual laid back coach showed no signs of panic when addressed if he would still be head coach after the bye. In front of a sellout crowd of 83,436 Oakland had no defensive stops to slow the Dolphins offense down after they scored multiple touchdowns in each quarter. Derek Carr left the game with a knee injury in the third and Matt McGloin came in giving up two crucial turnovers in the process.
The Raiders had their best offensive drive this season. On opening drive Carr found James Jones for 30 yards and the first down. Carr then found two other open wide receivers before finding Brian Leonhardt in the end zone for the 3-yard touchdown. Carr moved the offense down field quickly and with ease. Oakland looked more like a playoff team than a team looking or their first win.
But that didn’t last long before the Raiders were shut down by Miami’s defense. Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdowns and completed 23 of 31 passes for 278 yards. He got a huge first down with a 35-yard pass to Brian Hartline to start their drive in the first. Then Tannehill threw a short 13-yard pass to Mike Wallace who bullied his way through the Raiders defense in the end zone for a touchdown to start the second quarter.
“I know I wasn’t playing up to standards the last few weeks, so I wanted to come out and personally play better,” said Tannehill. “My teammates demand that from me and they expect that from me, and to finally come out and do that felt good.”
The Raiders offense struggled in finding that momentum from their opening drive and failed to move the ball. The Dolphins defense dominated by smothering Carr and his offense throughout the second quarter. But the Raiders got lucky when Miami’s punt returner Jarvis Laundry fumbled the ball. But again Oakland’s offense flatlined and punted the ball away.
“We were feeling great, we were all hitting our assignments,” Carr said. “We were doing good things but things we did in practice this week; we messed up during the game after that drive. It’s just frustrating, little things like that but we’ll all go back to work, we’ll get better and get this thing right”
With two minutes left in the quarter Tannehill went deep to find a wide open Dion Sims for an 18-yard touchdown. The half ended with Miami up 23-7. Lamar Miller rushed for two more touchdowns, and cornerback Cortland Finnegan ran back a recovered fumble for a 50-yard touchdown.
Carr was taken out in the third quarter after injuring his left knee and ankle. He was replaced by Matt McGloin who tried to chase Finnegan after he recovered a bad snap by Oakland for a touchdown on his second play. He did find Andre Homes in the fourth for a 22-yard touchdown.
“It’s just a ankle sprain right now and a sprained MCL, I’ll be back after the bye,” explained Carr.
“Things started off good and then they unraveled after that and we never caught hold of the game,” Charles Woodson said. “At that point it was all downhill after that. It’s disappointing that we weren’t able to come out here and play better but hats off to the Dolphins because they came out and executed.”