Countdown To Kickoff | Dolphins vs. Raiders

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Miami Dolphins (2-0) vs. Oakland Raiders (0-2)

Game Facts

DATE: Sunday, Sept. 23

TIME: 1 p.m. ET

SITE: Hard Rock Stadium; Miami Gardens, Fla.

TV: CBS

TV ANNOUNCERS: (Greg Gumbel, play-by-play; Trent Green, color analyst; Bruce Arians, color analyst; Melanie Collins, sideline)

DOLPHINS RADIO NETWORK: KISS (99.9 FM); WQAM (560 AM); WQBA (1140 AM-Spanish)

RADIO VOICES: English broadcast — Jimmy Cefalo, Bob Griese, Joe Rose, Kim Bokamper; Spanish broadcast — Roly Martin, Eduardo Martell

The Series

SERIES RECORD: Oakland leads 20-17-1 (including playoffs)

AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 10-9-1

AT OAKLAND: Raiders lead 10-5

AT LOS ANGELES: Teams tied 1-1

AT LONDON, ENGLAND: Dolphins lead 1-0

LAST MEETING: 2017 at Miami; Raiders 27, Dolphins 24

SERIES TREND: The loss last season snapped the Dolphins' five-game winning streak against the Raiders, which is their longest in the series. The Dolphins' last four victories against Oakland were by 16, 20, 22 and 24 points.

HISTORY LESSON: This will mark the 11th time the Dolphins have faced the Raiders in September, and the previous 10 included some memorable matchups. There was the first game in Dolphins history (1966), the 1973 game when Oakland ended the Dolphins' 16-game regular season winning streak, the 2001 game on the first weekend of NFL action following the 9/11 tragedy, and the 2012 game when the Dolphins recorded their first victory with then-coach Joe Philbin and quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

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Scouting Report

OAKLAND'S RECORD: 0-2

LAST GAME: Lost 20-19 at Denver

OVERVIEW: Jon Gruden's return to the sidelines was among the biggest stories of the offseason, though his comeback has not gotten off to a great start. First, there was the highly publicized trade of trade of 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears, which was followed by a 20-point loss against the Los Angeles Rams in the season opener and a last-second loss against the Broncos last Sunday. In his return to coaching, Gruden inherited a Raiders team just two years removed from a 12-4 season, but one coming off a disappointing 6-10 finish in 2017. Under Gruden, the Raiders overturned their roster and began the 2018 season with 31 new players and the oldest roster in the NFL. The two key players on offense, though, still are relatively young — quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper, a former star at Miami Northwestern High School. Tight end Jared Cook had 126 yards on eight receptions when the Raiders defeated the Dolphins last season in the Sunday night game and he started the 2018 season by setting a Raiders single-game record for a tight end with 180 receiving yards on nine catches.

KEY NEW FACES: T Kolton Miller (draft-1st round), DT P.J. Hall (draft-2nd), DE Arden Key (draft-3rd), WR Martavis Bryant (Pittsburgh), WR Jordy Nelson (Green Bay), DT Johnathan Hankins (N.Y. Giants), LB Derrick Johnson (Kansas City), RB Doug Martin (Tampa Bay), QB A.J. McCarron (Cincinnati), LB Tahir Whitehead (Detroit), CB Rashaan Melvin (Indianapolis), S Marcus Gilchrist (Houston), K Mike Nugent

KEY VETERANS GONE: WR Michael Crabtree, T Marshall Newhouse, DE Mario Edwards Jr., DE Khalil Mack, CB T.J. Carrie, K Giorgio Tavecchio, P Marquette King, DT Justin Ellis (IR)

Final Injury Report

Miami Dolphins: Questionable — S Reshad Jones (shoulder)

Oakland Raiders: Out — DT P.J. Hall (ankle); Questionable — CB Rick Nelson (hamstring)

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