Ryan Tannehill and Joe Philbin couldn't have asked for a better home debut—even if it was in front of a depressing crowd of just 54,245.
The Miami Dolphins toppled the Oakland Raiders by a score of 35-13.
After an ugly, sloppy and tightly-contested first half, the Dolphins pulled away thanks to the otherworldly efforts of Reggie Bush and Lamar Miller, who combined for 237 rushing yards on 36 carries. As a whole, the Phins accrued 257 rushing yards on 42 carries.
Ryan Tannehill was at his finest in the fourth quarter, when he tossed his first NFL touchdown pass and looked in sync with Davone Bess and Brian Hartline.
The Raiders, meanwhile, failed to generate offense throughout the afternoon.
Carson Palmer completed 24 of 48 passes for 373 yards, but failed to generate a consistent offensive attack. Also, Darren McFadden was thwarted by Miami's front seven. He managed just 22 rushing yards on 11 carries, and caught just two passes.
Overall, this was a dominant effort by the Dolphins that suggests they might not be as bad as advertised, and the Raiders may, in fact, be as bad as advertised.
Final Score: Dolphins 35- Raiders 13