Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders: 3 things we learned in Week 3
There’s something different about this Raiders team
In previous seasons, a start to a game like this would’ve crumbled the Raiders. The Miami Dolphins came out and punched the Raiders right in the mouth with a high level of aggression, but unlike previous seasons, the Raiders responded. The start to this game was one of the worst I can remember, as it included several high snaps from center Andre James, including one that caused a grounding penalty.
Later, Carr threw a pick-six after tight end Foster Moreau stopped running on his route, and linebacker Elandon Roberts took the interception 85 yards for a touchdown. After Las Vegas failed to convert on a fourth and one deep in their own territory, allowing Malcolm Brown an easy 24-yard touchdown run, the Silver and Black were suddenly down 14-0.
The Raiders came back with 12 straight points to go into halftime only trailing by two 14-12. The defense continued their dominant ways all the way up until the fourth quarter when a couple of untimely penalties by Maxx Crosby and Trayvon Mullen allowed the Dolphins to score a touchdown on a Jacoby Brissett scramble on fourth and goal with two seconds left.
The two-point conversion thrown to Jaylen Waddle then sent the game to overtime.
Brissett ended the game with 215 passing yards and 37 rushing yards and one total touchdown on the day the Raiders defensive line was all over Brissett, even though they only got two sacks officially. In past years, this would have been a game the Raiders would have ended up losing due to all the adversity they faced to open the game, but there is something different about this Raiders team and they’ve been trying to tell us all offseason.