DOLPHINS RB REGGIE BUSH VS. OAKLAND’S DEFENSE
Who won: Bush.
The impact: Bush downplayed whether this was his best performance as a Dolphin after the game. His 172 yards on 26 carries weren’t as impressive as the way he came about those big numbers. Bush slipped past Joselio Hanson at the line of scrimmage, used his speed to elude two defenders and broke a tackle attempt by Shawntae Spencer to score from 23 yards out and put Miami ahead for good early in the third quarter. On his 65-yard touchdown with 3:52 left in the third quarter, Bush turned the corner on the left side and showed off his speed again racing past Oakland’s secondary to the end zone.
DOLPHINS WR BRIAN HARTLINE VS. OAKLAND’S SECONDARY
Who won: Hartline.
The impact: For the second consecutive game, Brian Hartline gave Ryan Tannehill a reliable target. Hartline, who returned last week after missing all of training camp, was the game’s leading receiver with nine catches for 111 yards. Tannehill targeted Hartline 12 times, including a key 21-yarder in which he made a great adjustment to the ball despite tight coverage by cornerback Pat Lee. Hartline also caught an 11-yard pass on third-and-7 down the right sideline that set up Tannehill’s first touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano in the fourth quarter to put the Dolphins up 28-13.
DOLPHINS DEFENSE VS. OAKLAND QB CARSON PALMER
Who won: Dolphins in the second half.
The impact: Palmer’s 373 passing yards was the only statistic that looked good for the Raiders’ offense after the Dolphins took a lead in the second half and forced the Raiders to throw on nearly every down. Palmer threw for only 134 yards in the second half and threw an interception to Reshad Jones on his final pass of the game. The Raiders threw the ball 48 times and ran it only 14, mustering only 23 yards rushing (minus-1 in the second half). Even Oakland’s lone score came on a screen pass that Mike Goodson broke free for a 64-yard touchdown after good blocking by Raiders receivers.