Quarterback Chad Henne played with something to prove yesterday in the Miami Dolphins 33-17 west coast win over the Oakland Raiders. With key receiving threat Brandon Marshall out with a hamstring injury and an injured O-line, Henne relied heavily on Davone Bess, Brian Hartline and back-up receivers Marlon Moore and Roberto Wallace. Henne finished the game with a staggering 307 yards and 2 touchdowns for a 100.3 percent QB passer rating. Maybe it was the balanced play calling that drew the Raiders defense off. Offensive coordinator Dan Henning revived himself and the running game yesterday with Ronnie Brown who rushed for 85 yards and Ricky Williams for 95 yards and a touchdown with 12 or so plays coming by force of the Wild Cat. Back-up running backs Lex Hillard and Lousaka Polite were given kudos from coach Tony Sparano for opening up holes at the line for the two backs all game.
However impressive the Miami offense was, the Miami defense was further more. While recovering 2 interceptions and 1 fumble (2 by Yeremiah Bell) in itself is impressive, holding the Oakland running game – ranked 2nd in the NFL, mind you – to only 16 yards is remarkable. Premiere NFL back Darren McFadden had only 2 yards. Before Sunday the Miami rushing defense was ranked 16th overall. By recovering turnovers and holding the Oakland running game to nil, the Dolphins were able to run the clock on offense, possessing over 40-minutes of game time.