RAIDERS GAME AT A GLANCE
Opponent: at Miami
Time: 10 a.m.
Line: Raiders by 2
Records: Raiders 0-1, Dolphins 0-1
TV/radio: Ch. 13 (Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots), 1140
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Raiders left tackle Jared Veldheer vs. Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake
Wake, one of the league's top pass rushers and a player Veldheer called "relentless," had 8 1/2 sacks in 2011, down from 14 the year before. But Wake also drew a league-high 13 holding penalties, according to footballoutsiders.com, so he'll test an offensive lineman's discipline. And if the Raiders have to send multiple blockers Wake's way, as the Texans did often last week, it may leave Carson Palmer vulnerable from other angles.
THREE KEYS TO GAME
The Raiders had negative rushing yardage in the second half in Week 1 and need to do a better job of establishing the run. Sustaining drives on the ground will keep the Dolphins' defense on the field and the Raiders' defense off it in the heat.
After forcing no turnovers against the Chargers, the Raiders face a Dolphins team that coughed it up four times in its first game. One way for the Raiders to avoid a repeat of last year's slow start is through early takeaways.
While they probably won't encounter anything so fluky as that long-snapping debacle again, the Raiders need to avoid mistakes on special teams. Miami's Marcus Thigpen illustrated how costly those can be last week, returning a punt 72 yards for a touchdown.
Out: CB Ron Bartell (shoulder), WR Jacoby Ford (foot)
Questionable: LS Jon Condo (concussion), WR Juron Criner (ankle), RB Taiwan Jones (ribs), LB Rolando McClain (ankle), C Alex Parsons (shoulder)
Probable: TE David Ausberry (shoulder), K Sebastian Janikowski (left groin), S Mike Mitchell (ribs), WR Denarius Moore (hamstring), TE Brandon Myers (shoulder), DT Richard Seymour (knee)
Out: DE Tony McDaniel (knee), RB Daniel Thomas (concussion)
Doubtful: WR Anthony Armstrong (hamstring)
Probable: LB Jonathan Freeny (thumb), DE Randy Starks (groin)
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