Raiders QB Derek Carr led Oakland to an early 7-0 lead with an impressive opening drive, but Miami was quick to rebound as they outscored Oakland by a commanding score of 35-0 in the second and third quarters.
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill rebounded from a sloppy performance vs Kansas City in week 3, throwing for 278 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT in an efficient 23 of 31 manner. This performance, for now, puts any doubt of Tannehill as Miami’s starting QB to bed.
Miami’s running game was effective as well, led by running back Lamar Miller who totaled 64 yards and 2 TDs on only 12 carries. This performance adds to a great season for Miller, who has been forced to fill the shoes of injured Knowshon Moreno. Miller now averages 5.7 yards per carry on 49 carries through 4 games.
After surrendering a touchdown in the first drive, the Miami defense held their own throughout the extent of the game, only giving up 53 yards on the ground while their offense tacked on 31 points. The Dolphins accumulated 4 takeaways, the most prevalent of which occurred in the 3rd quarter as cornerback Cortland Finnegan scooped up a botched snap and ran it back 50 yards for a touchdown.
Miami improves to 2-2 with the 24 point win, and now enters their bye week. They will return to South Florida in Week 6 to face off against the 2-2 Green Bay Packers on October 12th. Kickoff is set for 1:00 EST.