Oakland Raiders

Beast Mode’s return should give Raiders a boost against Dolphins

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) makes contact with back judge Greg Steed (12) during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs in Oakland on Oct. 19. Lynch was ejected after the play.
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) makes contact with back judge Greg Steed (12) during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs in Oakland on Oct. 19. Lynch was ejected after the play. AP

Sunday’s Raiders game

Opponent: at Miami Dolphins

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Line: Raiders by 3

Records: Raiders 3-5, Dolphins 4-3

TV/radio: Ch. 3 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth), 1140

Three things to watch

BEAST MODE’S BACK

Oakland gets a boost with the return of running back Marshawn Lynch. “Beast Mode” was suspended last week after running onto the field during a skirmish against Kansas City and shoving an official. The Raiders rushed for just 54 yards on 14 carries without him in last week’s loss to Buffalo. Lynch has 266 yards on 72 carries this season. “He’s a physical guy. He brings passion for the game,” coach Jack Del Rio said. “Those are things that we welcome back.”

NO PICKS

The Raiders are the first team in NFL history to fail to intercept a pass in the first eight games of the season. Oakland has only five takeaways compared with 11 turnovers, a big turnaround from a year ago when the Raiders had a plus-7 turnover margin at the midway point. “We need to be playmakers aggressively going for the ball, competing,” Del Rio said. “That’s what I’m looking for. That’s what we’re looking to get this second half.”

ROAD WARRIORS

Following the game at Buffalo, the Raiders flew to Sarasota, Fla., and practiced last week at the IMG Academy. Oakland had a similar routine last year between games at Jacksonville and Tampa Bay, winning both. “I believe it gives the team some time to jell,” linebacker NaVorro Bowman said. “When we have adverse situations, we’re able to stick together and not go home and focus on other things.”

Associated Press

Injury report

RAIDERS

Out: CB David Amerson (foot), CB Gareon Conley (shin), CB Demetrius McCray (knee)

Questionable: G Gabe Jackson (ankle), LB Cory James (knee), S Karl Joseph (groin), LB Marquel Lee (ankle), LB Nicholas Morrow (ankle), RB Jamize Olawale (hamstring)

DOLPHINS

Questionable: DE William Hayes (hamstring), G Jermon Bushrod (hand), QB Jay Cutler (ribs), WR DeVante Parker (ankle), DE Orlandus Branch (groin)

Schedule

Date

Opponent

Outcome

Sept. 10

at Tennessee

W, 26-16

Sept. 17

vs. N.Y. Jets

W, 45-20

Sept. 24

at Washington

L, 27-10

Oct. 1

at Denver

L, 16-10

Oct. 8

vs. Baltimore

L, 30-17

Oct. 15

vs. L.A. Chargers

L, 17-16

Oct. 19

vs. Kansas City

W, 31-30

Oct. 29

at Buffalo

L, 34-14

Date

Opponent

Time

Sunday

at Miami

5:30 p.m.

Nov. 19

vs. New England

1:25 p.m.

Nov. 26

vs. Denver

1:25 p.m.

Dec. 3

vs. N.Y. Giants

1:25 p.m.

Dec. 10

at Kansas City

10 a.m.

Dec. 17

vs. Dallas

5:30 p.m.

Dec. 25

at Philadelphia

5:30 p.m.

Dec. 31

at L.A. Chargers

1:25 p.m.

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