The UK became a Raider Nation this weekend as the first International Series of 2014 got off to a fine start
Oakland flew into London 0&3 but were buoyed by a promising performance at New England last week. Raiders fans had hoped to see their team clock up its first win of the season and things looked good as Derek Carr oversaw an impressive first drive that ended with a three yard touchdown to Brian Leonhardt.
The Dolphins responded to that early blow by kicking a field goal and then the points kept coming. Ryan Tannehill found his groove and threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns. Not bad for a QB whose coach refused to comment on whether he was going to start him this week. By the end of the third quarter Miami saw themselves 38-7 up.
The rookie Derek Carr threw for 146 yards, 1 TD and an interception before leaving the field in the third quarter with an injury. Matt McGloin took over and had a moment to forget on his second play as he watched the snap shoot past and picked up by Miami’s cornerback, Cortland Finnegan, who ran in the TD.
The Raiders will fly back to California on Monday morning with question marks hanging over head coach Dennis Allen’s future.
Although The Black Hole will be disappointed with their team’s performance under the arch, 83,000 football fans will have left Wembley satisfied with the event they experienced. NFL UK put on another festival that will further enhance this fine sport on our shores.
There’s only four weeks until two of the NFC’s biggest shooters come to town with Megatron and Julio Jones whetting our appetites.