The Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins are both coming off of very poor outings in Week 1.
The Raiders simply looked lost against the Chargers last Monday night, or should I say that they looked like the same old Raiders.
Mistakes are this team's downfall, season after season, and it was more of the same in Week 1.
Oakland had four inexcusable fumbles, including three in special teams that cost them the game.
On top of this, they were also plagued by dumb penalties such as two by Tommy Kelly on various third downs that kept Chargers' drives going.
Mistakes aside, the Raiders have other problems too. For a team that was supposed to be one of the better rushing units in the league, they were only able to pound the ball for 45 total yards.
Darren McFadden was not nearly as productive as we thought he would be, rushing for only 32 yards on a poor 2.1 yards per carry.
However, he was his old self in the passing game, catching 13 balls for 86 yards and really helping out Carson Palmer when no one was open down field.
As for the Dolphins, they looked equally as bad Oakland in their season opener. While their defense played well for the first part of the game, they couldn't keep it going for the whole 60 minutes.
In addition, their rookie quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, sure played like one. He threw a disastrous three interceptions for a quarterback rating of 39.0.
In all fairness, he was going up against the Texans' defense, one of the best units in the league, but there was more to his poor performance than the opponent, including his uncanny ability to have his passes tipped.
For the Dolphins to have any chance of beating the Raiders, Tannehill is going to have to make better decisions while under pressure, as the Raiders' defense is built for getting after the quarterback and creating turnovers.
With that said, here are three predictions for Sunday's matchup.
1. Darren McFadden will rush for over 100 yards.
Though he lacked productivity running the ball in Week 1, look for "Run DMC" to bounce back and play the type of game that we are used to. Remember, a lot of people have been doubting this guy because he cannot stay healthy, and therefore he will be running with an extra chip on his shoulder.
2. Ryan Tannehill will throw two more interceptions.
Sorry Dolphins fans, but I just do not see Tannehill's struggles from Week 1 getting much better against Oakland. Miami's offensive line is not good, while the Raiders' defensive line is known for creating havoc. Tannehill will feel the pressure and make some poor decisions.
3. The Raiders' special teams might cost them the game.
Last week it was the long snapper and this week it could very well be the same thing. All I know is that the Raiders have lost six of their last seven games to the Dolphins, and that streak could continue if their special teams plays like they did against the Chargers.
Prediction: The Raiders go into Miami and sneak by 23-20.