The Dolphins improved to 6-5 on the season and 5-1 on the road today thanks to a 33-17 win over the Raiders in Oakland. It was the fifth straight win for the Fins at the Coliseum, as they dominated the Raiders in what was dubbed a must-win game.
Chad Henne came back from his knee injury to start for Miami and finished his day 17-of-30 for 307 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. It was his third 300-yard game of the season and the first that resulted in a win.
Meanwhile, the running game had its biggest output of 2010, as Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams combined to carry the ball 44 times. Brown finished with 85 yards, while Williams had 95, including a 45-yard TD run to ice the game in the fourth quarter.
For all of the talk coming in about the dangerous combination of Darren McFadden and Michael Bush in the Raider backfield, they were held to nine total carries which resulted in just three yards. Meanwhile, Raiders QB Bruce Gradkowski finished just 17-of-32 for 252 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. Tight end Zach Miller, the team’s all-around leading receiver, had one catch for six yards. Additionally, the defense only allowed 10 of the 17 points scored by the Raiders, as Jacoby Ford’s 101-yard kick return for a touchdown on the opening kickoff is charged to the special teams unit.
Overall, it was a total domination by Miami. The Fins held the ball for 41 minutes and eight seconds, while Oakland’s time of possession was just 18:22. Miami’s 24 first downs more than doubled Oakland’s 11, and the Dolphins had nearly 500-yards of total offense.
The Dolphins now take the long flight home to Miami to prepare for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Browns. Be sure to tune in to the Finsiders show tomorrow afternoon from 4-7 to watch our interviews with Tony Sparano, Yeremiah Bell, and other Dolphins players.
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