Rookie quarterback Derek Carr got the team off to a strong start, leading the Raiders offense to a 10-play, 74-yard drive that culminated in a touchdown pass to tight end Brian Leonhardt. The score put the Raiders up, 7 to 0.
The Raiders defense just never seemed to be able to stop Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins offense, which was a mess coming into the game.
The Raiders defense did hold them to a field goal on their first drive, but the Dolphins would build on their lead early in the second quarter. Tannehill found wide receiver Mike Wallace on a quick bubble screen as he bulled his way over the poor arm tackles by the Raiders defenders.
It looked like the Raiders defense would hold the Dolphins to another field goal attempt, forcing a fourth-and-inches. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin chose to go for it, and it paid off as Dolphins running back Lamar Miller scampered around the left side almost untouched for the nine-yard touchdown, putting the Dolphins up 17-7.
Tannehill would go through a stretch of 14-straight completions against the Raiders defense, only ending when his receiver dropped a ball over the middle.
Meanwhile, the Raiders offense would continue to struggle to get anything going as they went into the locker room trailing the Dolphins 24-7.
It certainly didn’t get any better for the Raiders in the second half. In fact, it got worse.
The Dolphins received the ball first in the second half and didn’t take long to get back into the end zone on another goal line carry by Miller.
But just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, they did.
Carr tucked the ball and scrambled when he couldn’t find anyone open, gaining some yardage before being dragged down but was seemingly injured on the play. Carr got up and ran the next play, but could barely put any weight on his left knee at all.
Carr would be listed as questionable to return after the play, but it would be backup quarterback Matt McGloin that would take over and finish the game. Matt Schaub did not make the trip with the team due to personal reasons.
Center Stefen Wisniewski had some troubles snapping to McGloin in the shotgun, as he snapped it wide of him. Dolphins cornerback Cortland Finnegan scooped up the wild snap and ran it 50 yards for the defensive touchdown. The score put Miami up 38-7.
The Raiders wouldn’t find their way back into the end zone until late into the fourth quarter when McGloin found wide receiver Andre Holmes along the right side for 22 yards. That would be it for the scoring as the Raiders would drop to 0-4 on the season.
Luckily for Carr and the Raiders, the team has their bye next week giving him a chance to get better, depending on the extent of his injury.