Halftime: Raiders 14, Dolphins 13


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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • brian_3520

    Time for Gradkowski to sit on the bench. He doesn’t have the arm strength or timing. Put Campbell in there !!!

  • 901Raiders

    I hope the defense keep playing and on’t just say F–k it!

  • Where is Aig? Oh that’s right, he is a coward. F*ck you Aig.

  • PK28

    sorry bruce, but u r not an nfl qb…u suck sh$t

  • olinesux

    put any wr ahainst mcfadden and they will be a superstar…

  • Pretty Rick

    I guess Cable’s gona wait until the game’s completely out of reach to put Campbell in. Bruce smh!

  • raidermarty

    Well you see he’s late getting it up then he underthrows it – awful. But our secondary is just getting embarrassed

  • djohnnyg

    I was wrong about Grads. He is what he is. I admit it.

  • ArmChair GM

    Time to YANK Grads!!!

  • lefty12

    Go to Boller-he can’t be worse than either BG or JC.

  • RaidersMom

    3rd down conversions are killing us. This is getting depressing.

  • Just Fire Baby

    3rd and 9 blitz…….for 19

    Again. For about the tenth time today.

    It’s not fkn working Marshall!!!!

  • ArmChair GM

    It’s time for Campbell…

  • DaTruth91

    why is Walter by himself. they gotta give him help. hes getting toasted every fking play…

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Yo, Nation. Be back with more thoughts tomorrow, I just wanted to get the drop on saying this: I haven’t changed my opinion on Campbell, but I have on Gradkowski. I’d acknowledged neither guy was “the guy” so to speak, but I thought Grads was the better option. I realize now there IS no good option. Both these guys suck. Flip a coin and take your pick how you want to lose, they each do it in different ways, but that’s the end result you’ll get against any half decent team.

  • morilla

    Blitz again. Burnt again.

  • davidon

    Is it me or does Cable always look like he has a wad of chew under his lip?

  • PK28

    fire cable tomorrow & take grads with you. fu#cking losers!!!!

  • rooch

    Really!! This is who all u guys want? Someone who can can’t throw the ball pass the defense.

  • los9091

    they didnt even really blitz…

    they showed blitz and then stood around the line of scrimage.

  • zopi

    Why is McFadden playing? Is Nnamdi hurt.
    Gradkz should not play another game.
    This is bad.
    The Raiders needed this game badly, because next is SD and that doesn’t look good, not the way they’re playing.
    Man, dem are the breaks. Like breaking their backs already.

  • mikedlopes

    Our coaching staff are monkeys with raider attire.. a bunch of baboons!!

  • morilla

    CJ is hurt.

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  • djohnnyg

    Who cares anymore? Put in Boller.

  • DaTruth91

    oh and trade Jonnie lee higgins, for a real fking football player

  • OK, I’ve had my punch in the face bring on the kick in the gut, where JC?

  • mikedlopes

    Henne is literally laying this game for us to grab.. so is the dolphins secondary.. why is higgins still on PRs and tell John Marshall to stop pulling plays from his Madden game.

  • mikedlopes

    Who cares anymore? Put in Boller.


    May as well experiment with the water boy.. Grads just hurt our best WR

  • DaTruth91

    i dnt care what anyone says. Jason Campbell doesnt throw the 2 under throwin ints. hes arms stregnth is too strong

  • djohnnyg

    Great, Ford is hurt.

  • minotndraider

    Ford bailed out Grads again. Ughhh. He’s just throwing ’em up there and praying.

  • mikedlopes

    Seriously, the amount of space Ford is getting Campbell could make these throws..

    Grads nearly throwing away the game again.

  • PK28

    284.mikedlopes Says:
    November 28th, 2010 at 3:32 pm
    Seriously, the amount of space Ford is getting Campbell could make these throws..

    Grads nearly throwing away the game again.


    totally agree…think raiders would be winning comfortably with a competent qb

  • brian_3520

    Ronnie Brown is a damn good back. We gotta stop that guy NOW.

  • Raider Dell