By Steve Corkran
Sunday, September 16th, 2012 at 10:37 am in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. The Dolphins said, in essence, thank you, and marched 80 yards in 12 plays for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday.
Worse for the Raiders, the Dolphins amassed 33 yards rushing on their first four carries, which is 1 yard more than the Raiders allowed in the entire game against the San Diego Chargers in the regular-season opener.
Overall, the Dolphins totaled 44 yards rushing on eight carries on their opening drive, with rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill scoring the touchdown on a 2-yard run.
Strong safety Tyvon Branch had a bead on the play, but he was cut down by a Dolphins blocker near the goal line, with Tannehill going in untouched.
Tannehill picked on cornerback Pat Lee three times on the drive. The first two plays went for 15 and 21 yards, respectively, to wide receiver Brian Hartline. Lee is playing in place of injured regular Ron Bartell.
Hartline caught the third pass in the end zone, but Lee managed to free the ball for an incompletion.
The Raiders managed a first down on their initial offensive play. Quarterback Carson Palmer connected with wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey for 19 yards on the first play. The Raiders punted four plays later after Palmer’s third-down run came up 1 yard shy of a first down.
The Raiders tied the game with a 64-yard touchdown pass from Palmer to backup running back Mike Goodson. Right guard Mike Brisiel keyed the play with a spring block on linebacker Koa Misi. Heyward-Bey also played a big role in making the play happen with a nice downfield block.