The Dolphins offense was fell asleep for most of the first half, but Reggie Bush found a way to jolt things back to life.
Bush scored on runs of 23 and 65 yards about four minutes apart in the third quarter to turn a 10-7 Raiders halftime lead into a 21-10 lead for the home team. Both touchdowns featured everything that once made Bush the second overall pick of the draft as he weaved through defenders and flashed spectacular speed to get into the end zone twice and swing all the momentum in the game in the favor of his team.
Bush has now topped 100 yards from scrimmage in six straight games. He finished this day with 197 yards and helped jolt his team to life in a 35-13 victory.
Ryan Tannehill took the team 80 yards for another touchdown by hitting Brian Hartline, who had an excellent game, several times for first downs. He capped the drive with the first throwing touchdown of his brief NFL career, a strike to tight end Anthony Fasano, and then the rout would be on a short time later when rookie running back Lamar Miller went 15 yards for yet another score. Tannehill finished the day 18-of-30 for 200 yards, but the most important number was the zero in the turnover department.
Carson Palmer put up much bigger numbers in the passing department — 373 yards, but only 134 in the second half — but the Raiders couldn’t turn that gaudiness into points. It would have helped if they got more than 23 rushing yards on the day, but the Dolphins defense wasn’t giving them anything on that front. Throw in the defense’s inability to stop the Dolphins in the second half and you’ve got a recipe for nothing other than empty passing yards. At 0-2, the Raiders are making their effort to end their playoff drought a much more difficult one.