Raiders run over Dolphins

Two hundred ninety-nine. The rushing total for the Raiders. Lane Kiffin called offensive line coach Tom Cable the MVP before the game and now we know why - if it wasn't obvious before.

The Dolphins run defense deteriorated to the point of embarrassment on Sunday.

While running back Ronnie Brown amassed more than 200 yards from the line of scrimmage (134 rushing and 73 catching) against Oakland, the Raiders took advantage of an injury-depleted defense to the tune of 299 rushing yards in a 35-17 win Sunday.

That's the third most ever given up by the Dolphins, who are 0-4 for the third time in franchise history.

The Raiders averaged 6.1 yards, their highest figure since Dec. 1, 2002.

It was also the third straight game the Dolphins have yielded 30 or more points, which they hadn't done since 1995. The Raiders offense shined in the second half, pounding the ball down the throats of Miami.

And it began in the first half. LaMont Jordan gashed them for 74 yards on 15 carries in the first half before injuring his back just before halftime.

Even with Jordan sidelined, the Raiders' running game excelled. Former Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who has been considered immobile since his first of two knee surgeries in the 2005 season, scored three of his five touchdowns on the ground and also had a couple of quarterback keepers for first downs.

"Daunte played with a big chip on his shoulder," defensive tackle Vonnie Holliday said. "He played with a lot of heart. We knew he was going to come in here with revenge on his mind and unfortunately he was able to be effective against us.

"And then to run the ball, a guy with bad knee, to run the quarterback keeper, I think that adds even more insult to injury."

And backup tailback Justin Fargas ran amok in the second half, gaining 172 of his career-best 179 rushing yards.

"I don't ever regret anything I say. We're supposed to win the game," said Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter, whose guarantee of a victory didn't pan out. "We have to have more pride in that, let alone giving up ... 300 yards rushing. That's not even playing defense."

The porous Miami run defense helped the Raiders control the time of possession by more than 10 minutes in the second half. Just when the Dolphins crept to 21-17 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Raiders scored on an 11-play, 79-yard drive in which the first 10 plays were runs.


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