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

  • Wildcat hasn’t done sh*t yet. These announcers are stupid.

  • los9091

    Pleas blitz on this 3rd down!!!

    send somebody…anybody!

  • PassTheCheetos

    whose w. mcfaddens backup?

  • lefty12


  • djohnnyg

    Don’t worry Chaz will be ready next week. Ha.

  • 504 Raider

    Kelly got poked in the nutz.

  • kokomo

    Season’s done. Best we’ll be is 7-9.

  • YoungAmerican

    Sign FA CB Jonathan Joseph.

  • Ars3nic3

    # 89052RAIDER Says:

    The Steelers left the Raiders with crack whore self-esteem.
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    I asked Jerry if he though that was gonna happen hard to break losing mentality

  • olinesux

    hhhmm pass to mcfadden side

  • Don’t worry Chaz will be ready next week. Ha.
    Can he play corner?

  • olinesux

    chaz who?

  • PurpleDrank81

    Whats the score?

  • Guy

    If we lose, which is a pretty big possibility the way we are playing, I think 8-8 is our best hope and will be something to build on. Get some good players in next year’s draft.

  • mikedlopes

    We’re lucky Henne is horrible, if a real QB was in this’d be a massacre.

  • los9091


    McFadden would have blown that if the ball was thrown better.

  • Just Fire Baby

    All right Bruce make it happen

  • los9091

    omg…we still have a chance!!!!

  • RaidingTexas

    We’re lucky their FG kicker is horrible.

  • Whew!!!

  • StayinBlack

    Need pts here bad!

  • Guy

    omg positive yards!

  • Broncos getting killed by Rams.

  • los9091


    LETS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RaidingTexas

    Carpenter is cut from the Janikowky mold.

  • RaidersMom

    Anything over 50 yds and Carpenter can’t make it.

  • los9091

    2 first downs in a row…

    crowd getting fired up!!!!

  • PK28

    no idea what coaches see in grads. maybe they like seeing wounded duck passes all over the place????!!!!!

  • mikedlopes

    Campbell please…

  • los9091


    the crowd goes silent.

  • 0ak72

    what an arm

  • StayinBlack

    Grads yet again blows it

  • UFCK!!!

  • Born with a Patch

    Grad= POS

  • Guy

    Ford is just about the only offensive player playing well.

  • los9091

    I honestly believe JC would have been able to make that throw.

  • minotndraider

    This is silly. I was all for playing Gradkowski after Campbell’s weak start to the season. But at this point there’s not reason to pull Campbell. The guy went 3-1. Gradkowski hasn’t done jack today other than hurt the team. His TD pass was just a toss up because he was about to get pasted. I say put Campbell back in and roll with it.

  • mikedlopes

    Grads is 100% eey?

  • zopi

    Gradkz should sit down, no use keeping around

  • What a piece of sh*t!

  • Just Fire Baby

    2 runs for a first down…..and than the deep ball.

    I fkn hate it. Just run it until they stop it.

  • Born with a Patch

    Cable needs to get over his man crush on Grad

  • SnoopDogg

    Oh god and everybody said Campbell couldn’t pull the trigger. Grads gotta take a seat mami

  • olinesux

    ok i dont know who the heck can play qb…anybody from junior college qbs?

  • please stop it…..beers not killing the pain.

  • los9091

    Blitz on this 3rd down


    bring in JC

  • YoungAmerican

    JC time?

  • RaidingTexas

    That should effectively end the Gradkowski debate.

  • 0ak72

    bruce koy detmerkowski

  • StayinBlack

    Seriously Grads plays well he is ok when he plays bad he’s worse then Schroeder