Miami’s (4-8) 34-14 dominant performance at home against the Oakland Raiders (7-5) shows the woes at winning in the Sun Life Stadium has become invisible.
Throughout the franchise of the Miami Dolphins they have always sparked because of the running game than the passing game more or less, and what is helping the 2011-12 team is running backs Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas averaging roughly 120 yards per game.
Bush has a total of 667 rushing yards with five games left to go in the season. The running backs came to run all over the Raiders in Sunday’s game.
The potential every-down back tallied 100 rushing yards and a touchdown in the game. The former Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas gave an argument to the staff posting 73 yards off of 13 carries.
In the game, the running backs were running north and south and not east to west to which Reggie Bush has gradually understood. When the offensive line creates gaps for you to run through, you run through them and that is what Reggie Bush did exactly in the victory.
The defense is 6th in the NFL for the less allowed rushing yards per game. This week they stopped the firing runningbacks of the Raiders only allowing 46 yards rushing. Pass rush has not been so hot this season but this week they turned it up a knotch recording two sacks, one interception for a touchdown by linebacker Kevin Burnett and stopping Carson Palmer and the Raiders on third down (2-11).
Miami Dolphins’ quarterback Matt Moore is turning into a leader everytime he steps on to that field, week after week doing just enough to seal victories. Moore in Sunday’s game record 153 yards and one touchdown. This season more has 1,769 passing yards, nine touchdowns, and five interceptions. What I like most about his playing is getting the ball to his playmaker, Brandon Marshall.
Despite the loss from the Oakland Raiders, Carson Palmer led a surge late in the fourth with back to back touchdowns to Darrius Hayward-Bey and T.J. Houshmandzadeh within 4:25. Palmer finished the game with 258 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
After the victory, Tony Sparano had his relentless speech to rattle up the Dolphins for the next opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles.