Dolphins @ Raiders London International Series 2014 Game 1 @ Wembley

It’s difficult to see past a Miami win in this game, they started the season with a comeback victory over divisional rivals the Patriots but then slumped to 2 loses in their last 2 games and have failed to score more than 15 points in either game. The Raiders on the other hand have failed to win a game so far this season and have failed to score more than 2 touchdowns in any of their 3 games.
Miami are ranked a fairly lowly 23rd in the league for total pass yards this season, but the Raiders and their rookie starting quarterback Derek Carr are propping up the entire league in 32nd spot. Miami’s rushing attack has been far superior to their passing offence and is the 9th best in the league, Oakland’s rushing has also been better than their passing, but they’re only 1 spot higher in the rankings with a fairly uninspiring 31st ranked run game.
Really the only thing that Oakland have been able to do with any sort of reliability is defend against passing attacks and they’re ranked 4th in the NFL having allowed just 550 yards so far this season at an average of 183 yards per game. Miami have the 7th best passing defence in the league having allowed just 199 yards per game. Oakland have been run over so far this season and are 31st in the league in terms of stopping the run which makes them 31st in the league, Miami however have allowed more rushing touchdowns this season with 3 compared to the Raiders 2. Miami are ranked joint 19th in the league in terms of yards on the ground so the Raiders might fancy their chances there. Neither team has scored a defensive touchdown so far this season and both have recorded 5 turnovers in 3 games so far, so they should be pretty evenly matched defensively.
Both teams have been good at kickoff returns this season, with Miami averaging 30.9 yards and the Raiders averaging 30.3 yards, the Dolphins have recorded a return touchdown though. Punt returning has been a particular strength for the Dolphins though and they have averaged 14.6 yards per return, just 0.4 yards away from the league leading Giants. The Raiders are lagging someway behind with a measly average of just 6.2 yards per return.
Both teams are suffering on the injured or suspended player side with Miami missing 8 players either on Injured Reserve for the year or suspended by the league and Oakland missing 5 either on Injured Reserve or Physically Unable to Perform which after just 3 weeks of the regular season should be a worry for both sets of coaching staff. There are really only 2 things to expect from this game, firstly it shouldn’t be a points-fest and secondly the Dolphins should limp over the line ahead.

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