EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first part in a series that spotlights three Raiders-Dolphins matchups to watch Sunday, 10 a.m. (CBS) at Sun Life Stadium.
Matchup No. 2: (Coming Saturday morning)
Matchup No. 1: (Coming Saturday evening)
Bush is the Dolphins' equivalent to the Raiders' Darren McFadden, and vice-versa, meaning each team's offense flows through its multi-skilled running back. So from the Raiders' perspective, McClain spying Bush from his middle linebacker position will be paramount in trying to slow the Dolphins' run game, even if McClain is nursing a sore ankle he rolled in the second half of Oakland's season opener Monday night that kept him out of Wednesday's practice.So surely, facing McFadden nearly every day should prepare the Raiders for Bush, since they're similar, right?"I don't know, I'm not into comparing running backs," McClain said. "Darren is his own running back, and he's a dang good one. So, I'm glad he's on my team. Reggie Bush is a great running back on his own. We're going to have our hands full with him, but we're up for the task and looking forward to playing."Bush, in his second year in Miami after being the No. 2 overall pick by New Orleans in 2006, is coming off a 1,086-yard rushing season in which he averaged 5.0 yards per carry. In Miami's opener at Houston on Sunday, he had 69 yards rushing on 14 carries and caught six passes for 46 yards.He ran for 100 yards against the Raiders last December 4 in Miami's 34-14 victory. It was the game in which McClain played after being arrested in Alabama earlier in the week."I don't really remember a whole lot from the game last year," Bush said, "but obviously I know the (head coach in Dennis Allen) who was actually in New Orleans with me as a cornerbacks coach a couple of years ago, we kind of know their schemes."But they look faster and they look stronger and they play well together on the defense and they play well within their scheme. Obviously, No. 55 (McClain) is a great player. We're going to do our best job to handle their attack that they're going to bring, and the pressures and all of the different looks that they might give us."