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Raiders Rocked by Dolphins 34-14 to Fall Into First Place Tie

Don’t look now, but the Raiders picked a bad time to lose a game to a team that isn’t going anywhere.

Beat up by a run game led by Reggie Bush, and a Miami defense that made it a long day for Carson Palmer, the Raiders fell Sunday into a first place tie with the Broncos after losing bad 34-14 in South Florida.

Reggie Bush ran for 100 yards on 22 carries with a score and rookie Daniel Thomas added 73 yards on the ground for Miami, which had not won three in a row at home since the 2008 season. They move to 4-8 on the year, and have won four of their last five.

Carson Palmer threw for 273 yards with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns and had an interception returned for a score by Kevin Burnett.

The Raiders (7-5) had a three-game winning streak halted and are now tied with Denver for first place in the AFC West, as the Broncos continued their stunning turnaround behind Tim Tebow with a win in Minnesota.

Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour was ejected for throwing a punch as the Dolphins drove for the score that put them up 27-0.

Teammate Rolando McClain played three days after he was arrested on misdemeanor assault, firearms and other charges in his Alabama hometown. He made eight tackles, but that wasn’t nearly enough to slow Miami.

The Raiders came into the game last in the league in yards allowed per run and were outgained on the ground 209 yards to 46.

The team needs to get healthy, and play better, period. With the momentum the Broncos have right now, things are starting to get scary in the AFC West.

Next Sunday the Raiders are at Green Bay to play the Packers.

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