I'm not sure what happened on Sunday. Did the Raiders overlook the Dolphins in preparation for Green Bay next week? Did the mishaps of Rolando McClain distract the team? Or did the injuries just finally catch up to us?
The Raiders were flat on Sunday. Hue Jackson said it best: "We couldn't run. We couldn't stop the run. We didn't pass very well. Just a bad day at the office."
Carson Palmer was under so much pressure, it's no wonder the team was 2 for 11 on third downs. The offensive line did a mediocre job of protecting Palmer and blocking for Bush.
The defense was on the field for so long, frustration eventually mounted and Richard Seymour got ejected for throwing a punch in the third quarter. At that point, it was 27-0 and the game was basically over.
The one bright spot was the performance of Darrius Heyward-Bey. He had little production statistically, but he made some great catches when it counted. He's been playing like a man on a mission since the death of Al Davis and is proving that the Raiders didn't make a mistake in drafting him.
So, now we sit in a tie for the lead in the AFC West. Unfortunately, the schedule does not look to be in our favor. The Raiders have to step up and find the will to win if they want to make the playoffs - and it won't be easy.