Can the Miami Dolphins Beat the Oakland Raiders without Brandon Marshall?

Danny DolphinAnalyst INovember 26, 2010

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 18:  Receiver Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins runs as safety Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears defends at Sun Life Stadium on November 18, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins take on the Oakland Raiders on Sunday without star receiver Brandon Marshall and potentially Chad Henne. Will they have enough to get the win on the road?

Kickoff: 4:05 p.m. EST, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010

Where: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.

TV/Radio: CBS, 940 WINZ

Spread: Even

Last Week: Chicago beat Miami 16-0, Oakland lost to Pittsburgh 35-3.

Miami Injuries

WR Brandon Marshall (Doubtful: Hammy)
QB Chad Henne (Questionable: Knee)
LB Karlos Dansby (Questionable: Toe)
DE Phillip Merling (Questionable: Achilles)

Oakland Injuries

S Tyvon Branch (Questionable: Shoulder)
CB Chris Johnson (Questionable: Groin)
TE Zach Miller (Questionable: Foot)
CB Nnamdi Asomugha (Questionable: Ankle)
WR Chaz Schilens (Questionable: Knee)

Game Notes

This game is essentially a win-win. Gus Johnson is in the booth!

Miami won’t announce their starting quarterback this week. My bet is Tyler Thigpen gets the start and if he struggles in comes Henne.

Marshall did not practice all week and his status for Sunday doesn’t look good.

QB: Raiders

RB: Raiders

WR: Raiders

OL: Dolphins

DL: Dolphins

LB: Dolphins

DB: Raiders

ST: Dolphins

The Dolphins are beaten up, battered and at a crossroads. Brandon Marshall and Chad Henne are questionable. They do return their starting center, Joe Berger, which will be a huge boost.

Miami will look to run the ball against the NFL’s 25th-ranked rush defense. Oakland loves to run it and does so with great efficiency. If Miami can limit Oakland’s ground production they should win this one. After all, it is a road game.

Prediction: Dolphins 23, Raiders 20