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Dolphins Overwhelm Raiders in London


The Oakland Raiders fell to the Miami Dolphins 38-14 at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday evening.

The Dolphins won the toss and elected to defer until the second half. K Caleb Sturgis sent the opening kickoff deep to RB Latavius Murray who returned it to the 26-yard line.

On the first play from scrimmage QB Derek Carr dropped back and found WR James Jones down the sideline for a gain of 30, which quickly put the Silver and Black in Miami territory.

Carr methodically marched the Raiders down the field and with 9:38 left in the first quarter, he found TE Brian Leondhardt for a two-yard touchdown catch in the end zone. K Sebastian Janikowski added the extra point to cap the opening drive of the game and give the Raiders an early 7-0 lead.

After a Janikowski kickoff, QB Ryan Tannehill drove Miami into Raiders territory, but the drive stalled out and Miami had to settle for a Caleb Sturgis 41-yard field goal that cut Oakland's lead to 7-3 with 6:25 left in the first quarter.

Sturgis kicked off to Latavius Murray who returned it back to the Oakland 25-yard line where Derek Carr and the offense began their second drive.

The Raiders were unable to get anything going on their second drive and P Marquette King trotted onto the field and booted a 46-yard punt which put the Dolphins back at their own 9-yard line with just over three minutes left in the opening quarter.

Tannehill and the Dolphins marched down the field and the Miami quarterback found WR Mike Wallace for a 13-yard touchdown reception. Sturgis knocked the extra point through the uprights that capped the Miami drive and pushed them ahead of the Raiders 10-7 with 14:17 left in the first quarter.

Murray fielded the Miami kick but was bottled up at his own 13-yard line where Derek Carr and company started their third drive of the evening.

The Raiders went three and out, and Marquette King was forced to punt from his own end zone and sent the ball 52 yards in the air to the Miami 37-yard line where they started their next drive.

The Dolphins faced a 4th & inches deep in Raiders territory and Tannehill pitched the ball to RB Lamar Miller who galloped into the end zone for the score. A Sturgis extra point extended the Miami lead to 17-7 with 9:15 left in the second quarter.

Murray returned the Strugis kickoff back to the Oakland 12-yard line where Carr and company took over again

The Raiders offense went three and out and Marquette King punted to WR Jarvis Landry who fumbled the return. LS Jon Condo recovered the fumble and the Raiders took back possession at their own 43-yard line. However, the Raiders couldn't get the offense rolling and King returned to the field to punt. His 52-yard punt backed the Dolphins up to their own 10-yard line where Miami took over with 5:56 left in the first half.

With just under two minutes left in the first half, Tannehill rolled out to his right and found TE Dion Sims for an 18-yard touchdown. Sturgis added the extra point and with 1:53 left in the first half, the Dolphins found themselves up 24-7.

Murray ran out the Miami kickoff to the Oakland 22-yard line, but after a few first down completions, the drive stalled and King came on to punt. He booted the ball 57 yards to the Miami six where Ryan Tannehill took a knee to head into halftime leading the Silver and Black 24-7.

Janikowski and the Raiders kicked off to start the second half and Damien Williams returned the ball to the Miami 28.

The Dolphins drove the length of the field but Lamar Miller fumbled at the goal line and Charles Woodson pounced on the ball to give the Raiders back possession with 10:35 left in the third quarter.

Carr and the offense took over at the 20 but facing a 3rd & 9, the rookie was picked off by CB Brent Grimes who returned it deep into Oakland territory. Lamar Miller then found the end zone, and another Sturgis extra point extended the Miami lead to 31-7 with 8:13 left in the third quarter.

After a Sturgis touchback, the Raiders took over at their own 20. Carr led the Silver and Black into Miami territory, but after suffering a knee injury was replaced midway through the drive by QB Matt McGloin. A poor snap was recovered by CB Cortland Finnegan who ran it into the end zone for a score, and after the PAT was competed the Raiders found themselves down 38-7 with 3:59 left in the third.

Murray took a knee on the Sturgis kickoff, but as the Raiders were driving, Matt McGloin was picked off by S Jimmy Wilson who returned the ball deep into Oakland territory.

However, the Raiders got the ball right back as CB TJ Carrie intercepted Ryan Tannehill and returned the ball close to midfield. The Raiders were forced to punt the ball back to Miami though, who took over at their own 8.

The Raiders forced a punt and McGloin drove Oakland the length of the field and capped the drive with a 22-yard touchdown pass to WR Andre Holmes. Janikowski tacked on the extra point and the Raiders made the score 38-14 with 8:36 left in the contest.

The Raiders were able force another Miami punt, but on the ensuing possession McGloin was intercepted by S Walt Aikens.

The remainder of the game ticked away without either team finding the end zone, and as the clock hit 0:00, the Raiders found themselves on the losing end of a 38-14 contest.

The Raiders fall to 0-4 and after the completion of their bye week return to the field on October 12th to host the San Diego Chargers.

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