Raiders Go Fishing in Miami

Kirk Kern
Cameron Wake Miami Dolphins Oakland Raiders Las Vegas

The Raiders lost last week in Buffalo, and rather than fly back to Oakland and turn around a couple of days later and fly to Miami, the team decided to stay on the east coast. They have been preparing for the Dolphins in Sarasota, Florida, all week.

The bad news is the Oakland Raiders are just 1-2 in games played in the eastern time zone. The good news is rather than traveling across the country just a day or two before the game, the Raiders have been there all week.

“Obviously, the rooms are nice, we’re sleeping in good beds,” quarterback Derek Carr said during his weekly press conference. “The food is right there prepared for you, so there’s no time wasted there. We’re eating the right things. I mean there’s so much, but it starts with him [Owner Mark Davis] allowing us to be able to do this. It starts also with a vision from Coach Del Rio saying, ‘This is what we need to do in order to maximize our bodies and our minds for Sunday.’

“Doing it a second time. I loved it the first time. It’s also, again I think we talked about it, it’s like a mini camp again where everyone is eating together. Everyone is going out to dinner together. Everyone is together, and It’s nice to not have to drive in traffic for a week.”

The Raiders are a disappointing 3-5 at the midway point of the season and are facing a Miami Dolphins team that is 4-3 and just traded away their leading rusher in Jay Ajayi. Quarterback Jay Cutler, however, is expected to be back this week.

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The Dolphins had won three straight close games against the Titans (16-10), Falcons (20-17) and Jets (31-28), but were blown out last week by the Ravens (40-0).

The Raiders have lost three of their last four games, but coach Jack Del Rio still believes his team can turn it around in the second half of the season.

“It comes down to basic execution in some cases,” Del Rio said. “We certainly feel like we have a good team. I believe that we’ll be able to put together a little bounce back here.”

On defense, the beleaguered Raiders secondary has not intercepted a pass this season and will be challenged by a decent corp of receivers in Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker. With Cutler back at quarterback, the passing games becomes even more important without Ajayi.

Second-leading rusher Damien Williams has only 32 rushing yards on the season with a 2.7 yards per carry average. Even with Ajayi, the Dolphins don’t have a rushing touchdown on the season.

The Raiders get back Marshawn Lynch off his one-game suspension, which should help against a stout Dolphins defense, which is led by Cameron Wake (six sacks) and linebacker Kiko Alonzo and safety Rashad Jones, who are tied for the team lead with 46 tackles apiece.

The Raiders opened the game as a 3-point underdog and the over/under total is 44. Game time is 5:30 p.m. in Miami. It will be broadcast nationally on NBC.