▪ Impact player: Some thought Ryan Tannehill needed to play well to keep his job. He did just that from the opening whistle. Tannehill completed 7 of 9 passes for 96 yards in the period.
▪ Highlight: The Raiders’ run defense is a sieve, and Lamar Miller exploited it early. He busted loose for a 21 yards on his first carry of the game. The Dolphins averaged 6.5 yards per carry.
▪ Lowlight: It came on the very first play from sscrimmage. David Carr went over the top on Brent Grimes, connecting with James Jones for 30 yards. Oakland scored on the drive.
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▪ Impact player: Again, Tannehill. His second quarter was somehow better than his first, completing all 10 attempts for 108 yards and two scores. At one stretch, he completed 14 consecutive passes — tied with Dan Marino for fourth-most in team history.
▪ Highlight: Dion Sims’ spectacular 18-yard touchdown catch. The tight end, who dropped a similar pass in the opener, held on this time to give the Dolphins a 24-7 lead.
▪ Lowlight: Very little went wrong for the Dolphins. But once again, special teams gave the ball away. Specifically, Jarvis Landry fumbled a punt for the second time in three games.
▪ Impact player: The Dolphins’ secondary was so good, it’s hard to pick just one. Cortland Finnegan returned a fumble for a score. Grimes’ interception set up another. And Jimmy Wilson had an interception of his own.
▪ Highlight: The shotgun snap was never close to Matt McGloin. It zoomed right past Oakland’s third-string quarterback, allowing Finnegan scoop and dash 50 yards to the end zone.
▪ Lowlight: Miller did a lot of things right Sunday. He scored two touchdowns. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry. But his fumble on the goal line took points off the board.
▪ Impact player: The timekeeper, who got the Dolphins off the field and on their way home as soon as humanly possible.
▪ Highlight: Matt Moore trotting onto the field — but for all the right reasons. Some wondered whether Moore would replace Tannehill if the quarterback started slowly. Instead, he came in when the game was safely in hand.
▪ Lowlight: Very few Dolphins players had a rough day. Will Davis was one of them. He got pulled in the first half, and when he returned to the field, Davis surrendered a 22-yard touchdown pass to Andre Holmes on a double move.