The Raiders arrived in Miami looking to right the ship, they departed in worse condition. In a game that featured fights, awful playcalling and blown leads, the Dolphins beat Oakland, 28-20. As a result, the Raiders fly home winless.
While today’s game did not feel like a regression, Carr, again, displayed the wild judgment. On first and goal, down 21-17, with Cameron Wake bearing down, he looks for Martavis Bryant in the endzone. Instead of sound strategy, like throwing the ball away, Carr tries Xavien Howard. For the second time, Howard secures the pick. Earlier, Howard saw Cooper with a step and forced the ball into triple coverage. In Carr’s defense, Cooper did quit on the route. In that case, Carr gets a slight break. Yet, overall, Carr continues to confound fans.
Entering the game, the Dolphins boasted a ferocious pass rush, capable of getting home with three. While Kolton Miller acquitted himself, well versus Robert Quinn. However, the right side sprang a leak. When Donald Penn left with a concussion, TJ Clemmings failed to handle Cameron Wake. In turn, Wake beat Clemmings, collapsing the right side of the pocket. After William Hayes sacked Carr, he left with a knee injury. Yet, the Dolphins still ate on the right side of the line. With Penn potentially missing games, whom will the Raiders turn to?
Bruce Irvin continues to do absolutely nothing upfield. From the first snap, Irvin generated nothing of note. Instead, he contributed just one tackle. As a whole, the continued theme persists. The weak pass rush allowed Ryan Tannehill to find eight different receivers. In addition, the lack of pressure killed the Raiders. Seeing Ryan Tannehill throw for 289 yards and a rating of 155.3 hurts. With no end in sight, the front four looks horrendous.
Jon Gruden loves to discuss his love of offensive football. However, two plays stand out. First, on fourth and goal, inside the one, the fullback takes the handoff. Marshawn Lynch thrives in short yardage. Miami stoned the Raiders. Next, on third and goal, from the eight, why throw a screen? For these reasons, Gruden earned the reputation of too cute.
The Raiders will host the Cleveland Browns. After winning their first game since 2016, the Browns want to notch their first road win as well. In essence, the teams are trending in different directions. Now, the Browns possess a few things the Raiders lack: a win, confidence, and self-belief.