Both teams played neck and neck in the Raiders vs Dolphins Week 2 game that showcased a preseason debut of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and another solid performance by Las Vegas Raiders running back Brittain Brown. The close game eventually went in the way of the Silver and Black following Daniel Carlson’s second field goal of the game which gave the Raiders a 15-13 win.
Tagovailoa was already preparing for his preseason debut four hours prior to the start of the Raiders vs Dolphins Week 2 matchup. The third year QB finished the day throwing 6 for 8 for 58 yards. Dolphins backup QB Skylar Thompson recorded 129 yards and a score off of nine completions and ten attempts, while Teddy Bridgewater threw 10 for 20 with 119 yards.
On the dark side, the Raiders QBs consisting of Jarret Stidham, Chase Garbers, and Nick Mullens combined for 145 yards and zero touchdowns going 19 for 28. The lone Raiders touchdown came from running back Zamir White on the first scoring drive of the game. Led by Stidham, the Raiders were able to cruise down the field with a few clutch third and fourth down conversions. White pushed the pile on the 2-yard line for 6.
Miami’s only touchdown came during the beginning of the fourth quarter when Thompson threw a short pass to receiver Zaquandre White for a 19-yard catch. The rookie-to-rookie connection tied the game and Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders’ extra point was good to bring the Dolphins lead to 12-13.
With less than eleven minutes left in the game, the Raiders went to quarterback Chase Garbers and running back Brittain Brown who were able to convert four first downs on their drive. Garbers was sacked on the 14-yard line but it left Carlson a guaranteed field goal to give Raiders a 15-13 lead.
Super Bowl Champion receiver Tyreek Hill, who was traded to Miami earlier this March, did not suit up for the Raiders vs Dolphins game along with receiver Jaylen Waddle. Neither did a number of the usual starters for the Silver and Black. Derek Carr, DaVante Adams, Chandler Jones, Hunter Renfrow, Josh Jacobs, and Maxx Crosby were all DNPs.
“We’ve got a lot of guys who are nicked up, bumps and bruises,” said coach Josh McDaniels after the game. “That’s this time of the year. Every team’s dealing with it. We’re not unique.”
The Las Vegas Raiders will finish the preseason back at home against the New England Patriots on Friday, August 26.