Two weeks into the the young 2018 season the Oakland Raiders have yet to experience the sweet taste of victory. Week three’s contest features a trip to Miami, FL, and the Raiders first early morning game of the season. The Miami Dolphins are 2-0, and have been a solid club on both sides of the ball, but they aren’t unbeatable. Here’s what the Raiders must to if they hope to leave Miami with their first win of the season.
1. Play 60:00 of football
This has been the achilles heel for the Raiders. For 30 minutes they look like Cinderella at the ball, but once the clock hits 00:00 in the second quarter the team turns into a pumpkin.
2. Contain Dolphins multi-pronged rushing attack
The Raiders are giving up and average of 5.7 yards/carry is worst in the league and the 154 yards/game is the second worst in the league. The Dolphins average 4.3 yards/carry which is ranked 11th in the league, and the 127.5 yards/game which is sixth in the league.
3. Amari Cooper needs to repeat performance in homecoming
Amari Cooper is a Miami native, last season, was his first homecoming, which saw him targeted nine times, catching four passes for 58 yards in a 27-24 victory. This time Cooper is coming off a fantastic 10 target, 10 catch, 116-yard performance last week against the Denver Broncos. In addition to that Miami has alluded to manning him up all game.
4. Take advantage of Miami’s overaggressive defense
Miami’s defense is a fast physical bunch that plays a ton of man coverage and blitz a ton. Carr and Gruden must use a successful mixture of draws, play actions, screens, and punish the Dolphins #22 ranked passing defense.
5. Win at the point of attack
It would be easy to single out Kolton Miller vs Robert Quinn on the edge, but what about Donald Penn vs Cameron Wake? Can’t forget Davon Godchaux and Akeem Spence vs the trio of Gabe Jackson, Rodney Hudson, and Kelechi Osemele. Pressure brings out the bad in Carr, so it’s up to the line to allow Carr to be at his best.
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