The Oakland Raiders are far worse than expected this season, and they’re at the bottom of the AFC West. They desperately need to win, and will try and get one against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday Night Football. They play at 8:30 p.m. on NBC (live streaming available via NBC Sports).
Things have been going well for the Raiders over the past few seasons, at least from a talent acquisition standpoint. Guys like Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, and Khalil Mack were supposed to eventually lead them to dominance, but they’ve struggled mightily, especially on offense, this season.
Derek Carr has thrown six interceptions and the Raiders haven’t managed great production from their running backs. Marshawn Lynch has 266 yards and two touchdowns while Jalen Richard is in second with 179 yards and a touchdown.
The Raiders lost to the Buffalo Bills in their last outing, beat the very tough Kansas City Chiefs before that, and lost four consecutive games prior to that one. They have a tough schedule coming up, with the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Chiefs again.
The Dolphins aren’t exactly keeping pace with the Patriots, but they’re doing OK. They are 4-3 on the season, but they’re coming off an embarrassing 40-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Below is all you need to know to watch Sunday’s game, as well as news, odds, prediction, and more.
How to Watch Oakland vs. Miami
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Fla.
- TV: NBC
- Streaming: NBC Sports
- Odds: The Raiders opened as 2.5-point favorites
Raiders vs. Dolphins news:
- Mike Pouncey is on the Dolphins injury report, which is a big concern. He’s got a hip and knee injury. For the Raiders, David Amerson has been sidelined with an injury.
- Marshawn Lynch is back from his suspension, sending Elijah Hood back to the practice squad for the Raiders.
- The Dolphins have to now acclimate to life without Jay Ajayi after they traded him. The folks at The Phinsider examine who will fill his shoes now that he’s gone.
- No suspensions are expected for Dolphins players Kiko Alonso and Ndamukong Suh, despite a rash of penalties in the last game.
Raiders vs. Dolphins prediction:
Of the eight SB Nation experts picking for SB Nation, six of them think the Raiders will win, leaving two — plus the OddsShark computer — picking the Dolphins.