Raiders aren't biting

Miami linebacker Joey Porter might have guaranteed a Dolphins victory against the Raiders on Sunday but Oakland running back LaMont Jordan isn't taking the bait.

"I don't worry about that," Jordan said Thursday. "We know what he's about so it really doesn't matter. You can talk as much as you want to. The bottom line is, you have to go out there and play. It doesn't fire me up any more than him not saying anything. It is what it is."

Porter made his statement earlier this week when broached by reporters about Miami's 0-3 start. Never one to sugar coat his words, Porter said the Dolphins will defeat Oakland, no ifs, ands or buts.

"Write it how you want it," Porter said. "We will win on Sunday." Porter has made similar guarantees before while he played in Pittsburgh, but this is the first time he's done so while talking about the Raiders.

Jordan, the NFL's second-leading rusher behind the Steelers' Willie Parker, figures to be a focal point of Porter's and the Dolphins. Miami enters this weekend with the 29th-ranked run defense and is allowing 166 yards per game on the ground.

Oakland counters with the third-ranked rushing offense and will have to continue that trend to have a chance of beating the Dolphins on their home turf. The Raiders have lost four straight games in Miami and haven't won there since 1990.

Porter guarantee or not, Oakland realizes it has work to do to end that skid.

"I've got a football game to play and I'm more worried about going out there and controlling what I do moreso than what somebody else has said," Jordan said. "Like Coach Kiff says, it's never about the other team. It's always about us."


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