See, we told you that it was just a matter of time until Jordy Nelson got his, but unfortunately it just wasn't enough Sunday afternoon in Miami.
After a relatively quiet to start to his tenure in Silver and Black – five catches for 53 yards – the veteran wide receiver feasted against the Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon at Hard Rock Stadium.
On the first drive alone, Nelson caught two passes for 73 yards, the latter of which ended with his first touchdown as a Raider.
In total, Nelson finished with six catches for 173 yards, and one touchdown, but it just wasn't enough as the Dolphins eventually ran away with the game, holding serve at home 28-20.
The Dolphins – who averaged north of 127 yards rushing through their first two games – had just 15 at the half, and really didn't find much success after the break either, but a few, well-executed plays insured that the Raiders fell to 0-3 on the year.
After the Raiders jumped out to their early lead, the Dolphins did draw even with the Silver and Black in the early goings of the second quarter on a 34-yard Ryan Tannehill touchdown pass to Kenny Stills, but the lead didn't last long, as the Raiders responded with a Mike Nugent field goal to retake the lead 10-7.
The Dolphins took full advantage of the gift – and in short order too – as Miami found the end zone two plays later, sealing their third win in as many tries.
While defensively the Raiders might not have forced a plethora of turnovers against the Dolphins, Guenther's group did show up in some critical moments, and not only that, enjoyed some quality plays – that while not the flashiest in the world – certainly are positives to take away.
A few that come to mind real quick are Clinton McDonald's second quarter sack that forced Miami out of field goal range, and then a handful of really nice tackles in the open field by the Raiders defensive backs.
With the loss, the Raiders fall to 0-3, a tough start to the season, especially considering the Raiders have led at the half in all three of their outings.
Now boasting an 0-3 record, the team fly will back to California Sunday evening, and then begin preparations for their Week 4 game against the Cleveland Browns at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.