Oakland Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins: Can Darren McFadden Get Back on Track?

Miami Dolphins at Oakland Raiders

Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, 4:15 p.m. EST

Line: Even



The 5-5 Miami Dolphins fall victim to playing in the AFC East, where the two best teams in football thus far are four games ahead of the Dolphins. While Playoffs look out of reach at this point, the Dolphins can’t stumble into the end of the season with performances like they had last week, when they laid an egg against the Bears on their home field.

The Oakland Raiders are another 5-5 team, but unlike the Dolphins, they are right in the mix of playoff conversation. The Chiefs are up one game on the Raiders, but have shown they are vulnerable and beatable. The Raiders have the tie breaker over the Chiefs and the whole division may come down to the Week 17 matchup at Arrowhead. The Raiders got spanked last week against the Steelers and showed just how undisciplined they can be.


Keys to the Game

Raiders left tackle Jared Veldheer may have the size to handle Cameron Wake off the edge, but it is unlikely he will be able to contain him. Wake is simply one of the best in the NFL. With 9.5 sacks this season, Wake quietly goes about his business and terrorizes opposing quarterbacks. Jason Campbell has seen an influx in his attempts—aside from last week—but will need to pull the trigger a bit sooner if he wants to get the ball off at all. Limiting mistakes is going to be crucial for Campbell. Darren McFadden looked miserable last week against Pittsburgh. As a result, so did the Raiders. McFadden is the catalyst behind the entire Raiders offense. When he is in the game, the Raiders look like a completely different team. The Steelers shut him down and the Raiders had nowhere to turn. Luckily for the Raiders, unless they meet up in the playoffs, they won’t see a run defense like that for the rest of the season. The Dolp...

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