Oakland Travels to Miami In a SNF Matchup
The Oakland Raiders will travel to Miami for the week 9 Sunday Night Football matchup. The Dolphins sit at 4-3, and the Raiders sit at 3-5. The records do not indicate their most recent performance however, the Dolphins lost their last game 40-0, and the Raiders have lost five of their last six. The Raiders have been better on primetime TV recently, their last win coming against a very good Kansas City team on TNF. Last Primetime game the Dolphins had was when they got destroyed against the Ravens.
The Dolphins made a surprising trade earlier in the week, sending 2016 pro bowl running back Jay Ajayi to Philadelphia for a fourth round pick. Many were shocked at this trade, and how little they got in return for Ajayi. Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams will now replace Ajayi, which is a tough downgrade for an already struggling offense. Quarterback Jay Cutler will be back in the lineup after missing last week with cracked ribs.
Oakland will have their starting running back, Marshawn Lynch back from suspension. Two weeks ago, he was suspended after rushing the field during a fight against Kansas City. Without him last week, the Raiders just rushed for 54 yards. Derek Carr and Amari
Cooper will look to have another primetime football week like the last one against the Chiefs. Carr and Cooper connected on two touchdowns early in the game, and look to do the same thing tonight.
The Raiders are the first team in NFL history to not intercept a pass through the first eight games of the season. They look to change that up while facing a terrible Miami defense. The Dolphins have converted 29% of their third and fourth downs, which is the worst in the league. They average 4.3 yards on first down, which is the worst in the AFC.
Both the Raiders and the Dolphins have had their struggles through the first half of the season, and they hope to turn it around on Sunday night. With the recent success during primetime games, and with the Dolphins losing their top back, I predict the Raiders to win a big game on the road.