UK Countdown to Paydirt: vs. Miami Dolphins

The Raiders head further east in search of their first win of the season.

Already 0-3 on the year, the Raiders are in London this week as they host the 1-2 Miami Dolphins.

The Raiders hope that by going further East they can snap out of their East Coast funk of not being able to win in the eastern time zone.

Miami has had their own struggles after starting the season by defeating the New England Patriots in week one for their only victory.

Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin has not said who the Dolphins starting quarterback will be, but incumbent starter Ryan Tannehill has said he will be the starter.

Tannehill has struggled this season, throwing for just 190.0 yards per game (29th in the league).

Speedster Mike Wallace is the Dolphins most dangerous offensive weapon. Wallace has the potential to break a big play on any snap. The Raiders secondary will need to have him accounted for at all times.

The Raiders can help themselves greatly if they can find a way to stop the Dolphins’ rushing attack. Miami will be without Knowshon Moreno as he is sidelined with an elbow injury, giving Lamar Miller the start at running back. Miller rushed the ball 15 times for 108 yards in the Dolphins 21-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last week. Overall, the Dolphins are rushing the ball 137.3 yards per game (9th in the NFL).

If they Raiders can limit Miller and the rushing game, they will also help themselves in the passing game by presenting longer third-down attempts and limit the play-action pass play calls by the Dolphins.

The Dolphins have been solid defensively this season, allowing just 324 yards per game.

Rookie quarterback Derek Carr may have a tough time throwing the ball, as the Dolphins pass defense is only allowing 198.7 yards per game in the air.

With Rod Streater out after his foot surgery, it will be up to James Joens, Andre Holmes and Denarius Moore to get open and make some plays.

The Raiders can help themselves by establishing the running game with Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden.

Jones-Drew is expected to be back in the lineup after missing the last two weeks with a hand injury. He should be licking his chops at the chance to get back on the field, especially against a Dolphins defense that is allowing 125.3 yards per game on the ground.

If the Raiders can get the running game going early, they will relieve some pressure off of Carr and slow down Cameron Wake and the Dolphins pass rush.

The Raiders hope that they can find some momentum heading into their week five bye. The Raiders will return home to take on the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 12.

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