Nov 19, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) runs with the football as Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Marcus Peters (24) and safety Tre'von Moehrig (25) attempt to him during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins use defense to finish off Raiders 20-13

Tua Tagovailoa passed for 325 yards and two touchdowns, Jalen Ramsey intercepted two passes and the Miami Dolphins earned a 20-13 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday afternoon at Miami Gardens, Fla.

Tyreek Hill had another huge outing with 10 receptions for 146 yards and one touchdown for the Dolphins (7-3). Hill entered the day as the NFL leader in receiving yardage (1,076) and touchdown catches (eight).

Salvon Ahmed caught a touchdown pass and Jaelan Phillips also had an interception for Miami, the AFC East leaders who had lost two of its previous three games. Tagovailoa completed 28 of 39 passes and was intercepted once.

Aidan O’Connell completed 24 of 41 passes for 271 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions for the Raiders (5-6). Davante Adams caught seven passes for 82 yards and a touchdown for Las Vegas, which is 2-1 under interim coach Antonio Pierce.

The Dolphins outgained the Raiders 422 to 296.

Ramsey clinched the win for Miami with an interception in the end zone with 22 seconds remaining. Las Vegas was at the Dolphins’ 39-yard line and O’Connell was throwing deep for Tre Tucker.

Earlier in the fourth quarter, the Raiders twice failed on fourth-down opportunities while in field-goal range.

On fourth-and-3 from the Miami 31-yard line, O’Connell threw a deep incompletion for Jakobi Myers, giving Miami the ball back with 8:26 remaining.

Over five minutes later, the Raiders went for it fourth-and-6 from the Dolphins’ 24 and Christian Wilkins was about to sack O’Connell when he desperately tried to throw the ball. It fluttered directly to Phillips, who returned it 4 yards to the Miami 38 with 3:04 left.

Dolphins running back De’Von Achane returned after a four-game absence due to a knee injury. But he was hurt again, exiting after injuring a knee just past the midway part of the first quarter.

Miami led by just one at halftime before Randy Sanders kicked field goals of 41 and 51 yards to give the Dolphins a 20-13 advantage entering the final quarter.

Tagovailoa completed 19 of 21 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns in the first half for the Dolphins.

Daniel Carlson kicked a 34-yard field goal for the Raiders to start the scoring. Later in the first period, Tagovailoa connected with Hill for a 38-yard scoring play to put Miami ahead.

Adams hauled in a 46-yard touchdown pass from O’Connell with one second left in the quarter to give the Raiders a 10-7 lead.

Tagovailoa connected with Ahmed on an 11-yard scoring pass to give Miami a four-point lead with 2:28 remaining in the half. Carlson booted a 47-yarder with five seconds left to bring Las Vegas within one.

–Field Level Media

Nov 5, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Jack Jones (13) pushes Washington Commanders running back Antonio Gibson (24) out of bounds during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders claim former Patriot CB Jack Jones off waivers

The Las Vegas Raiders claimed cornerback Jack Jones off waivers Tuesday, one day after he was released by the New England Patriots.

Jones, 25, once again will play for Raiders interim head coach Antonio Pierce, who was on the coaching staff at Arizona State, where Jones played from 2019-21. Jones started his college career at Southern California before he transferred.

Pierce also was Jones’ head coach at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High School.

In a corresponding move, Las Vegas waived defensive end Isaac Rochell, 28, who has appeared in eight games this season (one start) and made 10 tackles.

A fourth-round pick by the Patriots out of Arizona State in 2022, Jones played 121 defensive snaps in five games (no starts) this season.

Jones reportedly missed a team curfew before the Week 9 game against the Washington Commanders and played only 10 snaps in Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Frankfurt, Germany.

He has recorded 42 tackles, two interceptions and seven passes defensed in 18 career games (two starts).

Jones returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers Oct. 2, 2022, at Lambeau Field.

–Field Level Media

Oct 15, 2023; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Kana'i Mauga (43) celebrates after the Raiders defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders place LB Kana’i Mauga on IR, activate LB Curtis Bolton vs. Lions

The Las Vegas Raiders activated linebacker Curtis Bolton from injured reserve and placed rookie linebacker Kana’i Mauga on the list ahead of Monday night’s game at the Detroit Lions.

Bolton injured his knee against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 24 and was placed on IR on Sept. 30.

Bolton, 27, who mostly plays on special teams, has played in three games this season after 10 games in 2022, his first with the Raiders. He spent his rookie year with the Lions (five games).

Mauga, 23, had three tackles in four games before he was added to the Week 8 injury report (knee).

Las Vegas (3-4) also elevated wide receiver DJ Turner and kicker James McCourt from the practice squad for the game against the Lions (5-2).

McCourt was among the team’s gameday inactives, along with quarterback Brian Hoyer, linebacker Divine Deablo, cornerback Tyler Hall, wide receiver Kristian Wilkerson and defensive tackles Byron Young and Nesta Jade Silvera.

The Lions will be without center Frank Ragnow, who was deemed doubtful Saturday with toe and calf injuries before being made inactive Monday night. Detroit running back David Montgomery (ribs) and guard Jonah Jackson (ankle) are also among the inactives.

–Field Level Media

Oct 15, 2023; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) looks to make a pass against the New England Patriots in the first quarter at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders QB Jimmy Garoppolo ‘good to go’ vs. Lions

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is set to play Monday night against the Detroit Lions after missing last week’s game against the Chicago Bears.

Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels called Garoppolo “good to go” for Monday after the veteran worked his way through a back injury.

“I think he’s got a little pep in his step,” McDaniels said of his quarterback. “He’s much the same as everybody else is. He didn’t play last week but I think he wants to get us headed in the right direction and start doing some things we haven’t been doing well.”

Garoppolo, in his first season with the Raiders (3-4), did not play in the team’s humbling 30-12 defeat last week as Brian Hoyer and Aidan O’Connell struggled to move the ball with a combined 196 yards passing and three interceptions.

Garoppolo, 31, has completed 68 percent of his passes in five games this season for 1,079 yards and seven touchdowns but has eight interceptions.

In 10 NFL seasons with the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers and Raiders, Garoppolo has completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 15,368 yards, 94 touchdowns and 50 interceptions over 79 games (62 starts).

–Field Level Media

Oct 15, 2023; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) looks to make a pass against the New England Patriots in the first quarter at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders QB Jimmy Garoppolo ‘dodged a big bullet’

Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo “dodged a big bullet” in terms of internal injuries after leaving Sunday’s win with a back injury, coach Josh McDaniels said Monday.

“The prognosis is a lot better than it might otherwise have been,” McDaniels said.

Garoppolo continues to undergo testing and his status is uncertain for this Sunday when the Raiders (3-3) visit the Chicago Bears (1-5).

Garoppolo, 31, was reportedly taken to a local hospital for evaluation after departing the 21-17 home win against the New England Patriots.

He directed the Raiders’ final drive of the first half but did not return, leaving with a 13-3 lead after completing 14 of 22 passes for 162 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Brian Hoyer replaced Garoppolo on Las Vegas’ first possession of the third quarter. He finished the game 6-for-10 passing for 102 yards.

Originally drafted by the Patriots in 2014, Garoppolo joined the Raiders this offseason after a six-year stint with the San Francisco 49ers.

–Field Level Media

Sep 17, 2023; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (8) is tackled by Buffalo Bills safety Jordan Poyer (21) in the second quarter at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers take on Raiders in a matchup of struggling offenses

Scoring points could be at a premium when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday night.

Neither team has been able to find a flow when in possession of the ball heading into the Raiders’ home opener.

Pittsburgh (1-1) has scored just 19 offensive points and has punted 13 times, compared to 24 total first downs. The Steelers posted a 26-22 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Monday night behind defensive touchdowns by Alex Highsmith and T.J. Watt.

The Raiders (1-1) are tied for last in points per game (13.5). Star rusher Josh Jacobs is coming off a career-worst minus-2 rushing game (on nine attempts) in a 38-10 loss to the host Buffalo Bills.

Jacobs, the NFL’s leading rusher with 1,653 yards last season, has just 46 yards on 28 carries in two games with a long gain of 7.

In the loss to Buffalo, the Raiders ran just 13 second-half offensive plays and 39 for the game as the Bills controlled the ball for 40:04.

“I think we need to address where we went wrong and improve from there,” Jacobs said. “That’s the thing that makes it so frustrating for me is just the potential. You see flashes of how good we can really be.”

The Raiders are adjusting to new quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and rank 30th in total offense at 250.5 yards per game.

“It starts with myself,” said Garoppolo, who has passed for 385 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. “I made way too many mistakes — physical, mental, all of it. We couldn’t get into a rhythm. To beat a good team like that at their place, you’ve got to play a lot better than that.”

Star receiver Davante Adams sustained a concussion against Buffalo but was a full practice participant Wednesday. Fellow wideout Jakobi Meyers is still dealing with a concussion sustained in Week 1 and was limited.

The Steelers are 31st in total offense (247.0), and second-year quarterback Kenny Pickett is off to a slow start.

Pickett, who has 454 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions, said Wednesday that the Pittsburgh offense lacks an identity.

“We’ve got to find it. Clearly, we don’t have one,” Pickett said. “It’s a team game, the ultimate team game. One guy does something wrong on a play as an offense, it usually doesn’t go your way.”

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is deeply troubled by the offensive issues.

“We have to get our mojo back,” Tomlin said. “… We do acknowledge that two is a pattern. We’ve had two outings that are not up to snuff in that regard, and so it has our attention as we are preparing for this next one.”

Watt, who is tied for the NFL lead with four sacks, scored the decisive touchdown against Cleveland on a 16-yard fumble return in the fourth quarter. Highsmith forced the fumble by sacking Deshaun Watson and added a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown.

On Wednesday, the Raiders placed defensive end Chandler Jones on the non-football injury list. Jones has been away from the team after sharply criticizing the organization prior to the season opener.

Defensive end Tyree Wilson and safety Chris Smith II both missed practice with illnesses. Safety Marcus Epps (quad) was limited, as were cornerback Jakorian Bennett (hamstring), linebacker Divine Deablo (rib) and defensive tackle Bilal Nichols (hamstring, hand).

Pittsburgh had six players who didn’t participate in Wednesday’s practice due to injury. The list included safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (chest), who was hospitalized after Monday’s game for “precautionary reasons.”

Also missing practice due to injuries were defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi (foot), linebacker Markus Golden (knee), safety Damontae Kazee (calf), tight end Darnell Washington (knee) and receiver Gunner Olszewski (concussion).

The Steelers beat visiting Las Vegas 13-10 in Week 16 last season.

–Field Level Media