Paul G's Instant Replay: Dolphins 35, Raiders 13

September 16, 2012, 8:13 pm
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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The heat, humidity and Reggie Bush were too much for the Raiders as their troubles in South Florida continued in a 35-13 defeat to the Miami Dolphins as Bush carried the ball a career-high 26 times for 172 yards and two scores. He had 197 yards of total offense.Oakland could not build on its 10-7 halftime lead and, as former coach-turned radio broadcaster Tom Flores said on the air, "Kind of sad to see the Raiders, especially the defense, wilt in this humidity."The offense was no better. Late in the game, the Raiders had -1 yards rushing in the second half.McFadden's Miami troubles continue: Darren McFadden has had his issues with the Dolphins in his career. Entering the game, he had just 15 yards against Miami on 11 career carries in two games and it barely got better Sunday. Early in the game, McFadden was poked in the eye and had to leave the game before returning with a protective shield on his facemask. At the half, McFadden had just 17 rushing yards on seven carries and he finished with 22 yards on 11 attempts. he also dropped a sure touchdown pass in the right flat from Carson Palmer late in the first half.Condo makes his return, to no avail: Two-time Pro Bowl long snapper Jon Condo was back and did not have any errant snaps, unlike his replacement last week in Travis Goethel. But he was high on several, though they did not cost the Raiders.Moore is less?: Denarius Moore made his season debut and had three catches for 67 yards. He left the game, though, in the third quarter with cramping issues.Tackling issues return: Long a bane of the Raiders' existence, the run defense, or lack thereof, returned. Against San Diego, the Raiders allowed just 32 yards rushing for the game. The Dolphins, meanwhile, carved up the Raiders for 259 yards on the ground, including long runs of 34 yards and a TD run of 65 yards in which four Raiders had a shot at himand missed.Cornerbacks get toasted: Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill picked on Pat Lee and Joselio Hanson all day as Brian Hartline finished with a career-high nine caches for 111 yards. Yes, Tannehill vs. Lee was my No. 1 matchup to watch, and the rookie gassed the Raiders' defense with the no-huddle offense. Imagine what Peyton Manning will do in two weeks at elevation.Who stood out, in a positive way?: With McFadden getting his eye tended to, Mike Goodson took a screen pass in the right flat and, following a huge block from Mike Brisiel, scooted 64 yards for the score. It was the only time the Raiders would lead, 10-7. Also, tight end Brandon Myers caught six passes for 86 yards. And Palmer threw for 373 yards on 24 of 48 passing with a TD and a pick.Who stood out, in a negative way?: Too many to talk about...