Raiders keep on winning, defeat Dolphins 15-13

Source: Rich Storry/USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Miami Dolphins 15-13 in their third preseason game, improving their preseason record to 3-0. Three preseason games should mean the regular season is starting, but since the Raiders were a part of the Hall of Fame Game, they get an extra game of preparation.

According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, multiple star players didn’t make the trip to Miami, including QB Derek Carr. So it was the backup QBs vs. Tua Tagovailoa and company.

Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels said it was a good team effort as his team remains undefeated in the preseason.

“They played the entire 60 minutes of the game, which is what took for us to win the game,” McDaniels said. “I appreciate the effort by the guys.”

The Raider offense led by QB Jarrett Stidham came out swinging as he led the Raiders to an opening possession touchdown in the first quarter. Stidham connected twice with TE Jesper Horsted and once with WR Keelan Cole to set up a two-yard TD run by RB Zamir White. White’s touchdown was the the Raiders’ sole touchdown of the game.

During the second quarter, Dolphins backup QB Teddy Bridgewater was evading pressure in his own end zone and Raiders EDGE Tashawn Bower pressured Bridgewater into an intentional grounding, which resulted in a safety for the Raiders. This would be the Raiders’ last points of the half as they would lead 9-6 heading into the locker room.

During the second half it was the Daniel Carlson show was he nailed two field goals, which was enough to give the Raiders their third preseason win. Rookie RB Brittain Brown sealed the deal with less than two minutes to go as he broke off a 36-yard run, securing the victory.

The hot topic surrounding the Raiders has been their offensive line, and McDaniels said there were a couple things that he felt like could have been done better.

“We are going to work hard to try and shore them up,” McDaniels said. “These guys are really coachable and will work hard at it.”

Key Performers

  • RB Brittain Brown rushed for 70 yards on 7.8 YPC
  • TE Jesper Horsted caught three passes for 55 yards with two key catches to keep the Raiders’ only TD scoring drive alive
  • CB Sam Webb led the team with six tackles and a forced fumble (which should’ve been a touchdown)
  • EDGE Tashawn Bower had five tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss.

The Raiders will have two-joint practices with the New England Patriots next week and finish off their preseason in Allegiant Stadium hosting the Patriots.

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