Found September 16, 2012 on Thoughts from the Dark Side:

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 The Raiders are a few hours away from playing against the Miami Dolphins for the second straight year, today.  Last year's game was a 34-14 drubbing in South Beach and the Raiders will look to get even today.  There is no doubt that those who were on the team last year will be using the loss as motivation in the locker room.  If the Raiders want to win today, here are the keys they need to focus on:


-Continue to stop the run: The team's defensive philosophy is predicated on stopping the run.  The defense did a fantastic job against San Diego, limiting the team to under 40 yards rushing for the game.  They will have a harder time with the Dolphins with Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas in the backfield.

A year ago, the Raiders were killed by Reggie Bush who ran 22 times for an even 100 yards and a TD.  In order to win today, they must slow the Dolphins rushing attack

-Get pressure on the QB: The Dolphins are starting a rookie in Ryan Tannehill and DC Jason Tarver likely worked on some exotic looks with blitzes and disguised coverages this week in order to confuse and harrass the rookie.  The team must get pressure on the QB (not necessarily sacks but at least rush him to make quick decisions) in order to break up the timing of the passing game.

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