Oakland vs. Miami: 3 Ways the Raiders Can Sink the Dolphins and Get a Win

This is the definition of the “trap game,” a game which can be easily overlooked as a total walkover win for the better team, which results in a devastating upset.

On paper, the Miami Dolphins are a joke: A 3-8 record, a 24th-ranked pass defense, a 23rd-ranked pass offense and a quarterback in Matt Moore with a career completion rate of 59 percent.

So why are the Dolphins a three-point favorite to win today? Because Miami is not as bad as it looks on paper.

Since a 24-6 whooping by the Jets in Week 6, the Dolphins have been as competitive as any team in the NFL. They’ve gone 3-3 since the Jets game, and the Dolphins lost those three games by a total of seven points. The three games they’ve won have been routs, as the ‘Fins outscored their opponents 86-20. A break here or there, and the Dolphins could be 6-5; I guess there is a reason Tony Sparano hasn’t been fired yet.

Traveling cross-country to play a 1 p.m. game is never easy, and the Raiders have had plenty of distraction this week due to Rolando McClain’s arrest for alleged assault. They’re going to have to play a focused, smart game to beat the scrappy Dolphins; let’s break down how they can do it.


If you’re gonna start early, then start early

Often when a team travels coast to coast, players come out sluggish and start slow. The Raiders can’t afford to do that, because if they fall behind, it will limit their opportunity to use the run game. They’re already going to have a tough time rushing anyway, because the Dolphins boast the league’s seventh-best run defense and allow a paltry 3.7 yards per carry.

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