NFL Football

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Final 1 2 3 4 OT Tot
Miami 14 0 0 11 3 28
Las Vegas 2 10 7 6 6 31
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Allegiant Stadium, Paradise, Nevada  Attendance: 59,311

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Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders

  1. The Dolphins have won 13 of the last 15 meetings with the Raiders dating back to 1997, outscoring them by 8.5 points on average. That is Miami's best record against any single opponent since 1997 and the Raiders' second-worst record (0-6 versus Green Bay).
  2. Miami lost its home opener to Buffalo, 35-0, its second-largest shutout loss at home in franchise history (43-0 vs. Patriots in 2019 Week 2). It was also the Dolphins' second-largest loss in a home opener behind a 59-10 loss to the Ravens in 2019 Week 1.
  3. The Raiders are 2-0 for the second consecutive season after beating the Steelers on the road, 26-17. This is the first time the Raiders have started 2-0 in back-to-back seasons since 1983-84 as the Los Angeles Raiders.
  4. Jacoby Brissett is expected to start at QB for Miami as Tua Tagovailova nurses a rib injury. Brissett has lost five of his last six games as a starter (in 2019 with Indianapolis) and has attempted 146 consecutive passes without throwing a touchdown, the longest active streak.
  5. Derek Carr went 29-for-37 (75.7%) with 382 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Pittsburgh. Since the start of 2018, Carr has completed at least 75 percent of his passes in 12 games, third most behind Drew Brees (16) and Kirk Cousins (14) (minimum 20 attempts).
  6. The Raiders have gained 10 or more yards on 39 plays this season, most of any team. The Dolphins have allowed just 19 plays of 10+ yards, tied for third fewest in the NFL.
Team Comparison

Miami
 
Las Vegas
8.5 Points 29.5
192.0 Pass Yds 408.5
72.5 Rush Yds 67.0
4 Takeaways 3
(AP Photo/Don Wright)

Derek Carr has heard all the accolades after his scintillating start to the season for the Las Vegas Raiders and has a message for those handing out praise: Cool it.

The back-to-back wins over Baltimore and Pittsburgh and the prolific numbers are nice, but Carr knows that won't matter if the Raiders can't beat Miami on Sunday in a rematch against the team that officially ended their playoff hopes late last season.

"Everyone is feeling good about themselves going 2-0 and all that kind of stuff," Carr said. "Well, they don't hand any trophies out after two weeks. They don't give you any kind of anything. We have a team coming in here that got after us. They beat us."

The Dolphins (1-1) beat the Raiders 26-25 last December when Ryan Fitzpatrick led a game-winning drive in the final 19 seconds.

That assured the Raiders of a fourth straight season without a winning record or playoff berth that they are hoping to snap this year.

Carr and an improved defense led by new coordinator Gus Bradley have them off to a good start as he has thrown for 817 yards - the seventh most in the first two games of a season - and four TDs, while the defense has five sacks and three takeaways.

"They're explosive," Dolphins coach Brian Flores said. "They're really moving the ball. Derek Carr does a great job. I should always mention him first. He's done a great job of taking total control of that offense, putting them in good positions to have success. He finds the matchups. He knows what defenses he's looking at. And then defensively, I think Gus Bradley is doing a real nice job of getting those guys coached up."

The Dolphins are coming off a 35-0 loss at home to Buffalo and will be playing a backup quarterback with Jacoby Brissett taking over for Tua Tagovailoa, who hurt his ribs in that game.

BRISSETT'S IMPACT

Brissett considers himself a starting quarterback, and for this week, he is. He'll start for the first time since the final week of the 2019 season. Among the 31 active quarterbacks with at least 1,000 career throws, Brissett's completion rate of 59.6 percent and his quarterback rating of 82.3 both rank 27th. He's 12-20 as a starter - going 3-3 in his first six, then 9-17 since.

GROUNDED

While the Raiders have been passing effectively, the run game has stalled. Las Vegas had 52 yards on 25 carries last week with Josh Jacobs out and the offensive line dealing with injuries. Jacobs' status is unknown this week, but the bigger issues are with the blocking. Raiders running backs are averaging only 2.39 yards per carry for the season.

"It's hard to run the ball against certain defenses," coach Jon Gruden said. "With that being said, you have to find other ways to move the ball and right now we've improved a little bit in the passing game. We're not there yet either. But against Miami it's going to be a very, very difficult day throwing and running, and the tape proves that."

ROAD ISSUES

Miami won at New England to open this season. The Dolphins haven't started a season with consecutive road wins since 2013, part of a 3-0 start to that season. It didn't ultimately mean much; Miami lost eight of its final 13 games that year and finished 8-8.

LOCKDOWN CORNER

The Raiders have gotten a big boost defensively from free agent cornerback Casey Hayward. Las Vegas signed the 32-year-old Hayward after he had a down year with the Chargers in 2020. But he has experience playing for Bradley and has thrived so far in the system. He's been targeted five times so far this season and hasn't allowed a single catch, according to Pro Football Focus.

BOUNCE-BACK GAMES

The Dolphins were 4-1 last season (with wins in their last four) in games immediately following a loss, not counting the season-ending loss to Buffalo. It was a huge improvement over 2019, when Miami was 3-8 in the games that came after a defeat.

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AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds contributed to this report

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Updated September 23, 2021

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