By: Jason Sarney
Following one of the most difficult losses to tolerate in recent memory, the Miami Dolphins get ready to travel across the country to Las Vegas to the scene of last season's most miraculous victory. The 1-1 Dolphins head to face-off against the 2-0 Raiders and look to get back on track following a miserable 35-0 home defeat to the AFC East rival Buffalo Bills.
Last season, Miami pulled off a Miracle win on a Jason Sanders field goal, following a blind and facemask twisted heave by then Miami back-up QB, Ryan Fitzpatrick. Wide receiver Mack Hollins hauled in the hail-Mary prayer with a penalty added to boot, before Sanders’ boot to win it.
Fitzpatrick, a back-up who was called upon when needed, got Miami a road win. Can Jacoby Brissett, a back-up QB by title and now starter by necessity, create some of last season’s Las Vegas "magic?" We will find out Sunday afternoon and until then, here are your Week 3 News and Notes heading into the Las Vegas Raiders Week 3 road match-up.
-MIA has won 7 of their past 8 games against the Raiders since the 2008 season. Miami has won 2 in a row against them, including a miraculous 26-25 win at Allegiant Stadium last year.
-Last season Miami lost back-to-back games on one occurrence. Weeks 1 and 2 last season.
-If MIA wins on Sunday, they will even up the all-time series with the Raiders. Currently, the LV/OAK/LA Raiders franchise has a 20-19-1 record against Miami, including the playoffs.
-It's early in, but so far the Miami Dolphins Defense is Top 10 in: -Fumble recoveries - (1st in NFL) -Tied for 3rd in fewest plays allowed over 10 yards with 19 of them -9th in the NFL in yards allowed per play (5.28).
-After two games the Raiders are the NFL's No. 1 team in passing offense with 391 yards per game.
-Xavien Howard has faced the Raiders 3 times in his career. In those 3 games, he has 5 tackles, 2 INTs, and 5 Passes Defended.
-Andrew Van Ginkel got himself 2 sacks last year against Las Vegas. Bet ya he gets one again....
-In his 9 career games against the Raiders, Albert Wilson averages 20.67 yards per reception. 18 catches for 372 yards and a pair of TDs, one being a long of 74.
-Miami as a defense has 17 QB hits, yet a combined 1 sack. 0.5 for Ogbah and 0.5 for Van Ginkel. 17 QB hits, 1 sack. The sacks will come.
-5 different Dolphins have caused fumbles. In two games.
-So far, Mack Hollins leads the Dolphins in Special Teams tackles with 3.
-The last the Dolphins returned an opening Kick-off for a TD was 1971. Mercury Morris.
-Xavien Howard has had 2 INT games. Can he ever get a hat-trick? Last time that happened for MIA was back in 1999 when Sam Madison picked off 3 against Tennessee and the late-great, Steve McNair. MIA won 17-0.
The Dolphins face the Colts next week at home and have a great chance to right the ship before meeting the Buccaneers Week 5, regardless of his is the captain at the wheel.
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