Raiders Hope To Grab First Win In 2014 In London

The Oakland Raiders head to Wembley Stadium this weekend and are looking for their first win of the year against the Miami Dolphins. The Raiders have been in London since Monday night so they’ve become used to the time difference and are looking forward to taking on Miami. “This is our first time being able to represent the NFL over here in London and represent the Oakland Raiders, so it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Charles Woodson. “I’m eager to get out there on Sunday and just walk around in that stadium and see what it’s all about.” Head Coach Dennis Allen said, “I think it’s going to be a great atmosphere. We’ve got a great following in the United States, but really all over the world. I’m looking forward to seeing the game on Sunday and I’m looking forward to seeing the atmosphere and seeing Raider Nation out there supporting us.” “It’s a good football team,” said Coach Allen on Miami. “Defensively, they’re fast. They’re aggressive. They do some different things. They like to pressure the quarterback. Their front four is outstanding as far as getting pressure on the quarterback. We’ve got to take care of the front four. We’ve got to be able to make some plays down the field when we get some opportunities. We’re going to need to be able to run the ball and be a balanced offense. Their offense presents a lot of challenges. There is some up-tempo stuff. They like to spread you out. They try to run the football. They’ve done a really good job of being able to run the ball. Our ability, like we talked about last week, to tackle in space will be critical against this team.” Ryan Tannehill is scheduled to start at Quarterback for the Dolphins with Lamar Miller and Damien Williams in the backfield. As for receivers the Dolphins have three outstanding wide receivers in Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson and Mike Wallace. Wallace last faced the Raiders in 2012 when he was a member of the Steelers and caught 8 passes for 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
“The Miami Dolphins have good explosion players who can made plays in space, the running backs’ done a good job in space, they’re fast, the two outside receivers do a nice job, 82 and 11, they’re fast, they catch the ball, they run quality routes, and they’re young players have been improved,” said Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver. Offensively, Derek Carr is looking for his first win as a pro.  “I just want to win. That’s all this game is about. That’s all that matters in the NFL. I learned that quick. I learned that margin of winning is that close. 75 percent of our season is still out there. We’re focused on this one and hopefully we get this one.” The Raiders tooled up this past week as they were able to land Vincent Brown who was with the San Diego Chargers last year and had 472 yards receiving. “Yeah, this is where I was looking,” said Brown to ESPN reporter Bill Williamson. “It worked out well.” The addition of Brown will help out tremendously as Wide Receiver Rod Streater will have foot surgery and will leave him out of the line up for four to five weeks. James Jones, Denarius Moore and Brice Butler look to draw some attention from Carr as well this week. On the ground, Maurice Jones-Drew will be back after missing the last two games due to a hand injury and Darren McFadden looks to turn things around against Miami as he has only 24 yards career rushing against the Dolphins. The Dolphins defense is ranked number 20 in the league with an average of 125.3 yards given up on the ground in each game. The fun starts on Sunday at 10:00am PST on Sunday with the game being televised on CBS.
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