Marshawn Lynch scored two rushing touchdowns on his return from a one-game suspension for shoving an official as the Oakland Raiders beat the Miami Dolphins 27-24 on Sunday night.
Miami’s Jay Cutler was also back after a game out, with cracked ribs, and was similarly impressive, completing all of his first 16 passes on his way to 311 yards and three passing TDs.
But, the Dolphins’ worst-in-the-NFL offense again struggled to the run the ball in its first game since trading running back Jay Ajayi – who earlier scored a touchdown on debut with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Raiders QB Derek Carr, meanwhile, threw for 300 yards, including a touchdown and an interception. That touchdown came in the second quarter – a 44-yard strike to Johnny Holton – to help Oakland into a 13-9 half-time lead.
That lead was stretched further in each of the third and fourth quarters thanks to touchdown runs of 22 and three yards by Lynch before the Dolphins pegged things back twice with further Cutler TDs.
But, the Dolphins couldn’t force their way in front, failing with an onside kick late on as Oakland (4-5) won for only the second time since Week Two, while Miami (4-4) fell to .500 for the third time this season.
Game’s key stats OAKLAND MIAMI Passing C/A Yds TD Int Passing C/A Yds TD Int Derek Carr 21/30 300 1 1 Jay Cutler 34/42 311 3 0 Rushing Att Yds TD Rushing Att Yds TD Marshawn Lynch 14 57 2 Kenyan Drake 9 69 0 Receiving Rec Yds TD Receiving Rec Yds TD Jared Cook 8 126 0 Julius Thomas 6 84 1 Amari Cooper 4 58 0 DeVante Parker 5 76 0 Johnny Holton 1 44 1 Damien Williams 6 47 1 Michael Crabtree 3 40 0 Jarvis Landry 6 32 1 Total net yards 379 Total net yards 395