By Steve Corkran
Sunday, September 16th, 2012 at 1:09 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders cut the lead to 21-13 with another Janikowski field goal. From there, they turned over things to a defense that was wearing down in the high heat and humidity.
The Dolphins promptly marched 80 yards in eight plays for a back-breaking touchdown, with rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill completing for passes along the way with relative ease.
The final completion for Tannehill came on a pass over the middle to tight end Anthony Fasano, with middle linebacker Rolando McClain scurrying to get into position to make the play.
Fasano slammed on the brakes, made a cut and dived into the end zone for a 28-13 lead.
The Raiders went three-and-out on their next possession, leaving the Dolphins in position to run the ball and milk the clock.
The Raiders return to Oakland 0-2 and facing the daunting prospect of finding a way to right the ship with games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons on the horizon.
The Raiders defense that looked so good against the Chargers struggled most of the game against the Dolphins, with Reggie Bush rushing for 172 yards and the Dolphins for 230 of their more than 250 by the time Lamar Miller upped the lead to 35-13 late in the game with a 15-yard touchdown run.
Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer countered with 373 yards passing on 24 of 48 passing, with one touchdown and one interception.