Dolphins rout winless Raiders in NFL return to London

Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:45pm EDT
 
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By Nigel Hunt

LONDON (Reuters) - The Miami Dolphins romped to a 38-14 victory over the woeful and winless Oakland Raiders as the National Football League returned to London's Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Oakland showed early promise, starting with a 74-yard drive capped by a three-yard touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Derek Carr to tight end Brian Leonhardt.

But from then on it was one-way traffic and by the end of the third quarter the Dolphins had an unassailable 38-7 lead and Carr had left the game with an ankle/knee injury.

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for more than 200 yards in the first half alone as the Raiders capitulated to take their record to 0-4. The Dolphins improved to 2-2.

Tannehill threw touchdowns to wide receiver Mike Wallace and tight end Dion Sims while running back Lamar Miller rushed for two more to put the game out of reach before the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, back-up Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Andre Holmes to give the score a modicum of respectability.

"I think we haven't performed up to our potential in the past three weeks, and to get out and get some momentum going felt great," Dolphins quarterback Tannehill told reporters.

Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said his team would be evaluating everything it was doing during the long flight home and upcoming bye week.   Continued...

 
Miami Dolphins' Lamar Miller (R) is tackled by Oakland Raiders' Kaluka Maiava during the first half of their NFL football game at Wembley Stadium in London, September 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett