By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, November 28th, 2010 at 2:31 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Second quarter notebook
– Davone Bess burns Walter McFadden on a back-shoulder throw from Chad Henne for a 17-yard gain and a first down at the Oakland 19. He gets McFadden again on another third-down, an 11-yard pass to the 8-yard line with 1:24 left. Tyvon Branch breaks up pass for Brian Hartline at the goal line to set up Dan Carpenter 23-yard field goal.
Looked like Branch might have been a fraction early. No call. Miami has 234 yards at halftime but trails by apoint.
Jacoby Ford being looked at by trainers as half ends and Johnnie Lee Higgins returns kickoff following Miami field goal.
“Everybody in the God damned league gets that call,” yells a voice from the Miami coaches box.
– Nnamdi Asomugha is getting picked on. He’s given up three catches for 57 yards and has been called for a hold, giving the Dolphins a first down. Bess got him for the second time with a 17-yard reception to convert a third down on Miami’s last drive of the half.
– Raiders not getting pressure on Henne except when sending safeties. Natural rush being thwarted by the Dolphins.
–Ford makes a beautiful adjustment on a Gradkowski pass over Benny Sapp and turns it into a 44-yard touchdown play to put the Raiders up 14-10.
He’s already done more as a receiver in terms of playmaking than Darrius Heyward-Bey ever has as a Raider. His two touchdowns have accounted for 145 all-purpose yards.
— A Marcel Reece fumble out of the wildcat doesn’t hurt when the Raiders sack Henne on a second safety blitz (this time by Tyvon Branch) and Dan Carpenter misses a 52-yard field goal.
— Raiders blitz all three safeties (Mike Mitchell, Branch, Michael Huff) on third-and-10 with Miami at 46 following interception and result is a Huff sack to force three-and-out.
— Gradkowski ignores single coverage on left side to Heyward-Bey to throw toward Marcel Reece, singled up on Yeremiah Bell on the right. Bell plays it perfectly, intercepts the pass.
Replay looks like ball may have hit the ground, but challenge is denied. Miami first-and-10 at their own 46. More good field position for Dolphins.
— Rolando McClain’s first takeaway, a goal line interception, helped prevent the Dolphins from taking a 17-7 lead. Matt Shaughnessy pressured Henne into a poor play, with McClain, playing a deep middle zone, leaped and made the pick and returned it to the 11-yard line.