Raiders drown Dolphins 27-24

-Nick Pooler

The Oakland Raiders went into Miami looking for a win before entering their bye week and that is exactly what they did. With a 27-24 victory Sunday night, Oakland brings their record to 4-5, which puts them in second place in the AFC West. Meanwhile the Dolphins slide to 4-4. The scoring opened up in the first quarter when rookie kicker Giorgio Tavecchio nailed a 36-yard field goal. The Dolphins had an answer in the second quarter when Damian Williams, who stepped up big after Jay Ajayi being traded away this past week, caught a Jay Cutler pass for ten yards. Kicker Cody Parkey missed the extra point to make it 6-3 Miami. Johnny Holton stepped in the game with only one catch on the year (one catch for 64 yards and a touchdown), as he caught his second pass on the year for his second touchdown. This one went for 44 yards and gave the Raiders the lead back to make it 10-6. Parkey hit a field goal later in the quarter to make it 10-9, but that was not the last bit of scoring for the first half when Tavecchio knocked down his second of the game for 53 yards to make it 13-9 to go into the half. Opening the third quarter, Marshawn Lynch (14 carries, 57 yards and 2 touchdowns), scored his first of two from 22 yards out to give the Raiders a 20-9 lead. Miami bounced back when Jarvis Landry (6 catches, 32 yards and a touchdown), caught a Cutler pass from 6 yards out to make it 20-16. The game was interesting throughout it all. Oakland extended their lead in the fourth when Lynch scored his second from 3 yards out with great blocking from the offensive line. This seemed all but over until Derek Carr threw a third down pass with 3 minutes left that was tipped and picked off by Reshad Jones. Eventually, Butler found tight end Julius Thomas for a 15 yard connection along with a Kenyon Drake run to convert the two-point conversion to make it 27-24 Oakland. Miami lined up for an onside kick but it was drawn in by Amari Cooper. The Raiders then lined up in victory formation to take home their fourth win of the year. Carr finished 21-30, 300 yards, a touchdown, and a pick. Cutler finished 34-42, 311 yards, 3 touchdowns. The leading receiver was Raiders tight end who caught 8 passes for 126 yards. The Raiders head into their bye week but will bounce back the week after in Mexico City where they await the New England Patriots. Miami goes on the road for another night game against the Carolina Panthers.