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Ryan Tannehill is still posing more question marks than answers at this point, but with the Miami Dolphins schedule to play the Oakland Raiders, he may get going against a Raiders team that is four-point underdogs to the Phins according to NFL oddsmakers.
The Raiders have begun the season 0-3 and are trying to avoid its first 0-4 start in franchise history. It may not be that heady a task, with Tannehill averaging just 5.03 yards per reception while posting just a 56.5 percent completion ratio. In the Dolphins’ first three games, Tannehill only completed one pass of at least 25 yards and is 7-of-21 when throwing beyond 10. He went 21-of-43 in the 34-15 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last week.
The Dolphins had a nice 33-20 win over New England on Sept. 7, but haven’t done much since then. Tannehill has made 35 starts since 2012, but his backup Matt Moore may get the call if he fails to produce this week.
The Raiders are averaging an NFL low 12.3 points and 254 yards per game. Derek Carr has a better passer rating than Tannehill even as a rookie, and also has 5.44 yards per pass. The Raiders also had a decent week last week, despite falling again.
Oakland seemingly tied the score on a Darren McFadden TD run, but it was called back due to a holding call on guard Gabe Jackson. He followed that play up with an interception, which led to the loss. Justin Tuck, DE, said “We had a good chance to beat a team on the road and it just didn’t happen…”
The Raiders gave up 76 rushing yards after allowing a combined 400 yards in the losses to the Jets and Texans. The Raiders are still second-worst in rushing to only the Chicago Bears. Getting some help from Maurice Jones-Drew would go a long ways, but he hasn’t played since Oct. 27 in London. In that contest, the veteran had 75 yards on 19 carries, and he had just 11 yards on nine attempts in the 19-14 loss to the Jets.
The Raiders haven’t had an 0-4 start since the team was in the AFL, and the Dolphins have won 10 of the last 11 over Oakland, so this may be infamous history in the making.