Miami Dolphins (-3.5) vs Oakland Raiders (40.5)
Wembley Stadium - London, England
Sunday, September 28, 2014 @ 1:00 EST
The official “road” Fins have enough to worry about, let alone their hungry, winless but playing-better-than their 1-3 record Raiders. But I will not harp on the QB controversy, or Philbin’s apology to the media, or even how poorly Miami played at home against the then-winless Chiefs (since closing the gap to 21-15 in the fourth quarter). Instead, I will let you in on a secret that local radio station 560 WQAM let out at press time. The Dolphins got no sleep on the plane ride across the pond to London arriving Friday, while the Raiders have acclimated themselves to the time change just fine since arriving Monday morning – 4 full days ahead of the Dolphins. Is this a microcosm of the mishaps and misjudgments of a beleaguered organization, or much ado about little to nothing? I think the former is more likely.
The fans have been clamoring for backup QB Matt Moore to replace Ryan Tannehill this week. Hope nearly turned to reality, at least perceptively, when HC Philbin did not give a resounding vote of confidence at a press conference following another underwhelming performance by the incumbent starting QB. Now, I will give you my unabated, unfettered and unequivocal opinion on who should start and why.