The Oakland Raiders will need to have a short-term memory when they return home to take on the Miami Dolphins in Week 12. The Raiders got embarrassed in Week 11 against their old rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Ben Roethlisberger's Steelers crushed the Raiders 35-3 and made Oakland look like the Raiders of old. This is a Raiders team that has been running up the scoreboard in recent weeks and was held to just three points.
Coach Tom Cable's Raiders entered Week 11 second in the NFL in rushing. Unfortunately for them, they took on the top-ranked rush defense and were held to just 61 yards on the ground, which included just 14 rushing yards from running back Darren McFadden.
Despite the loss, the Raiders are still 5-5 and in second place in the AFC West behind the division-leading Kansas City Chiefs. Raider Nation must get back on track because the San Diego Chargers are red hot and right on their tails, also with a 5-5 record.
The Miami Dolphins will go into Week 12 ranked 20th against the run. This is important for the Raiders so they can get back to the basics and do what they do best, run the football. Before Week 11, Darren McFadden led the league in rushing yards per game, so the Dolphin defense will be a good opportunity for him to get back on track.
Although the Dolphins are weak against the run, they do have a solid pass defense that is fifth in the NFL. If the Raiders run the ball well, it will open up some passing lanes for Jason Campbell or Bruce Gradkowski.
Both quarterbacks were miserable against the Steelers, so Coach Cable has to be pondering who to start in Week 12. It would be smart to stick with Campbell because the Raiders have won three out of their last four games with Campbell under center.
The Raiders have proved that they are a different football team this year, so Raider fans should not expect things to go south from here. The Black Hole will be alive this Sunday and the Raiders will bounce back and get back above .500
Prediction: Raiders 23, Dolphins 13