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Countdown To Kickoff: Dolphins Vs. Raiders

Posted Sep 12, 2012

Get a first look at this Sunday's home opener when the Dolphins play host to the Oakland Raiders.


GAME FACTS


DATE: Sunday, Sept. 16
TIME: 1 p.m. ET
SITE: Sun Life Stadium
TV: CBS

THE SERIES

SERIES RECORD: Oakland leads 19-15-1 (including playoffs)
AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 9-8
AT OAKLAND: Raiders lead 10-5
AT LOS ANGELES: Teams tied 1-1
LAST MEETING: 2011 at Miami; Dolphins 34, Raiders 14
SERIES TREND: As much as Oakland dominated this series until the 1990s, the Dolphins have had their way with the Raiders over the past 20 years. Miami has won 11 of the last 14 meetings and six of the last seven.
SERIES HIGHLIGHT: It was a little less than 11 years ago that the Raiders came to Miami on the first Sunday of NFL action after the events of 9/11 and the Dolphins pulled out a last-second victory. Fittingly, the game-winner was scored by quarterback Jay Fiedler, who had lost friends in the terrorist attack.

RAIDERS SCOUTING REPORT

RAIDERS' RECORD: 0-1
LAST GAME: Lost to San Diego, 22-14
OVERVIEW: It’s a new day in Oakland, with a new general manager in Reggie McKenzie and a new head coach in Dennis Allen in the Raiders’ first season without Al Davis in almost 40 years. But the same problems that have hampered the Raiders in recent years — undisciplined penalties and costly mistakes — showed up in their season-opening loss to AFC West rival San Diego.
THE RAIDERS' STRENGTH ON OFFENSE: Darren McFadden has battled injuries since being the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft, but he’s a dynamic weapon on offense when healthy. He didn’t have much success on the ground in the opener, but he had an NFL-high 13 catches.
THE RAIDERS' QUESTION MARK ON OFFENSE: A big reason Carson Palmer went to McFadden so often against San Diego was because he was missing his two deep threats, Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford, who were both out with injuries. The Raiders also don’t have a tight end capable of inflicting much damage to a defense. .
THE RAIDERS' STRENGTH ON DEFENSE: Oakland completely stuffed the San Diego running game in the opener and a big reason was the play of defensive tackles Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly, who manhandled the middle of the Chargers offensive line.
THE RAIDERS' QUESTION MARK ON DEFENSE: The strength of the Raiders defense was the secondary for a long time because of the presence of Charles Woodson and later Nnamdi Asomugha, but nowadays the pass defense is suspect because the team lacks a shutdown corner.
THE RAIDERS' STRENGTH ON SPECIAL TEAMS: In placekicker Sebastian Janikowski and punter Shane Lechler, the Raiders simply have one of the greatest kicking tandems in league history. Janikowski makes 50-yard field goals look routine, while Lechler is a regular at the Pro Bowl.
THE RAIDERS' QUESTION MARK ON SPECIAL TEAMS: Oakland painfully found out about the importance of a reliable long snapper after veteran Jon Condo was lost in the opener when he was accidentally kneed in the head by a teammate. With Condo out of action, the Raiders were victimized by two bad snaps as well as a blocked punt.