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Raiders vs. Dolphins 2017 live updates: Scores and highlights from 'Sunday Night Football'

The Raiders’ got a much-needed win as their East Coast trip continues.

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The Raiders and Dolphins in primetime, wooooo. Marshawn Lynch is back from his one-game suspension for the Raiders, and scored two touchdowns, while Jay Cutler returns from his rib injury for the Dolphins to throw for three scores of his own. Derek Carr threw for 300 yards and the Raiders got a much-needed road win in Miami.

Final score: Raiders 27, Dolphins 24

Fourth quarter

Raiders 27, Dolphins 24: Jay Cutler threw his third touchdown pass of the night, this one to Julius Thomas, then converted the two-point conversion to pull within a field goal with 92 seconds remaining.

But the comeback effort died when Miami was unable to convert their second onside kick of the night.

Raiders 27, Dolphins 16: Marshawn Lynch scored his second touchdown of the night, punching it in from three yards out to match his scoring total from his first seven games of the season.

Raiders 20, Dolphins 16: This play didn’t end well for the Raiders, with not one but two lost fumbles, but lineman Marshall Newhouse provided our highlight of the night when he tried to run with the ball:

Third quarter

Raiders 20, Dolphins 16: Jay Cutler completed 5-of-6 passes on the drive, including a 6-yard touchdown to Jarvis Landry, but the key play of the drive was a 42-yard run by Kenyon Drake, who fumbled earlier in the game.

Raiders 20, Dolphins 9: After a nearly nonexistent first half with just eight yards on five carries, Marshawn Lynch carried three times for 39 yards on the Raiders’ first drive of the second half, including this 22-yard touchdown with a nifty cutback to give Oakland a two-score advantage:

Halftime: Raiders 13, Dolphins 9

Second quarter

Raiders 13, Dolphins 9: Giorgio Tavecchio’s career-high 53-yard FG might have been good from 70. The Raiders scored right before the half to add to their lead.

Jared Cook also surpassed the 100-yard receiving mark ... before halftime:

Raiders 10, Dolphins 9: Jay Cutler finally has his first incompletion, but he’s still 16 of 17 so far for this game. The Dolphins added a field goal to close the gap.

Raiders 10, Dolphins 6: Johnny Holton has just two catches on the year. Both are touchdowns, and this one put the Raiders back on top. He also rode an imaginary Dolphin, as one does.

Earlier on the drive, Raiders tight end Lee Smith was hit with an unnecessary roughness penalty but dang ref, he was just kidding around!

Dolphins 6, Raiders 3: Never mind, Cody Parkey can keep his job after this peeeeerfect onside kick (and recovery!):

Unfortunately for the Dolphins, who have finally found a rhythm on offense, Kenyan Drake fumbled later on the drive. The Raiders recovered at the 19-yard line.

Dolphins 6, Raiders 3: For the first time since Week 7, the Dolphins scored. Cutler was perfect on the 82-yard drive (and is 9-for-9 passing so far this game). Damien Williams muscled his way in for the touchdown.

Cody Parkey missed the extra point, so maybe the Dolphins should put Ndamukong Suh at kicker.

Raiders 3, Dolphins 0: The Dolphins and their last-place offense haven’t sniffed the end zone yet. Probably because of stupid Toby:

In case you were wondering, this is why they traded Jay Ajayi to the Eagles.

First quarter

Raiders 3, Dolphins 0: Despite the mess of a field at Hard Rock Stadium, the Raiders got on the board first thanks to the beautifully named Giorgio Tavecchio. Jared Cook was ... cookin’ on the drive, with three catches for 59 yards.

Before the game

The Oakland Raiders entered the season as playoff favorites, but they’ve fallen far short of expectations so far. Sitting at 3-5, the Raiders desperately need to start stringing wins together when they face the 4-3 Miami Dolphins on the road at 8:30 p.m. on NBC (live stream at NBC Sports).

The Raiders have lost five of their last six games as their offense struggles to score points — they haven’t hit the 20-point mark in any of their losses. Their only bright spot was a thrilling Week 7 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, where Derek Carr led a game-winning touchdown drive in the final minute.

That win marked a potential chance for Oakland to turn its season around, but Week 8 was just more of the same instead. Once again, the offense was flat, with Carr throwing two interceptions in a 34-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Now the Raiders are back at two games under .500 and in must-win territory the rest of the way.

Marshawn Lynch is coming back from suspension, but he hasn’t provided the run-game spark the team was hoping for, and Amari Cooper continues to struggle with inconsistency. With the New England Patriots coming up in Week 10, things will not get any easier for Jack Del Rio.

The Dolphins are in slightly better shape at 4-3, but that winning record is most likely a facade. The offense is flat-out bad and hit a new low in last week’s 40-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, with Matt Moore throwing two pick-sixes while filling in for Jay Cutler. The Dolphins have since traded Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles, handing the running game off to Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams.

Cutler is back after missing Week 8 with a rib injury, but he’s hardly been a stabilizing force this year. Over six games, he has just seven touchdown passes to five interceptions, averaging a career-low 5.5 yards per attempt. Getting DeVante Parker back from an ankle injury should help, but it’s hard to feel confident about Miami’s offense at this point. They’ve been forced to rely on a defense that’s seventh in yards allowed per game.

This game is something of a gut check for two teams that made the playoffs last year but are struggling to overcome significant flaws. The clock is ticking on their postseason hopes as the calendar turns to November.

Pregame reading

Moss was acquired by New England in exchange for a fourth-round draft choice. In his second of two seasons with the Raiders, Moss finished the year with 42 receptions for 553 yards and three touchdowns. It was by far the worst season of his career, and his value wasn’t high.

That Raiders team split its starts between Andrew Walter and Aaron Brooks — not exactly known as high-caliber quarterbacks in their time, and players you’ve already forgotten about.

Marshawn Lynch has a little time off thanks to his Week 8 suspension, but he still wanted to play football — so he found a solution. Lynch went to practice with Oakland Technical High School Wednesday night, and it went about as you’d expect.

It’s possible Carr may of healed physically from his broken leg last year but he hasn’t psychologically. When there’s a rush coming and guys are starting to fall around his feet, he freaks out. After a broken leg, those guys look a little closer than they are. Making matter worse was when Carr attempted to scramble in the pocket against Broncos in week four and fractured his back.

Carr is still the franchise quarterback he’s being paid to be. He’s just doing anything and everything he can to get rid of the ball without getting hit. It’s not uncommon for any player when he first comes back from a season-ending injury. It’s could take a while psychologically for Carr to return to being an MVP candidate again. I would love to tell you it’s going to come the second half of this season but it may not be until next year.

Replacing Jay Ajayi will not be a one man job. However, I do firmly believe that Kenyan Drake will be considered the number one running back going forward. Possessing an explosiveness that cannot be taught, Drake just has big play potential every time he touches the ball. Adding to this, Drake is also a Adam Gase draft pick, something he shares with no other running back on the roster. That said, Drake will not be able to do it all by himself. Look for Damien Williams to see a significant amount of snaps on offense while De’Veon Smith could potentially be promoted from the practice squad and feature as the Dolphins short yardage and goal line back.