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Rolando McClain

The Raiders are hoping to rebound after a subpar rushing effort, but the opponent is a formidable one.

The Miami Dolphins (3-8) haven't given up more than 3.6 yards per carry to their last five opponents, with zero rushing touchdowns allowed during that span.

With a lot of the same pieces in place, Miami held the Raiders to 16 yards on 12 carries in last year's 33-17 win in Oakland, with 13 of those yards coming on a reverse by wide receiver Jacoby Ford.

"They've just got an aggressive front seven," Raiders leading rusher Michael Bush said. "They've got Cameron Wake off the end, the linebackers are good. You've just got to put a hat on them."

Offensive coordinator Al Saunders said he looked at tape of last year's Miami game as well as the last time Carson Palmer played against the Dolphins as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals to help formulate a game plan.

Oakland had just 73 yards on 27 carries against Chicago on Sunday, although coach Hue Jackson believes the rushing attempts are crucial to the offense even if the carries aren't overly productive.

"It's not so much the yards, it's the attempts, because eventually something good will happen," Jackson said. "We didn't run for all the yards we usually do, but the attempts were very important in this last game."

Bush compared the Dolphins to Minnesota, another team with a run defense that belies a poor record. The Raiders beat the Vikings 27-21 on Nov. 20, with Bush rushing for 109 yards on 30 carries.

Jackson has marveled at Bush's ability to bounce back the last three weeks after carrying 30, 30 and 24 times.

"I've been around guys that carry the ball like that, and then they come to Wednesday practice and they can't move," Jackson said. "He hasn't batted an eye. He comes out, he's running around, he's handling it as good as anyone I've ever seen.

Bush said the best way to keep healthy is to stay on the offensive.

"You have to deliver the blow," Bush said. "If not, you're going to be in the training room hurting, and you're not playing. Who wants to sit there and take a beating?"

  • The Raiders had no change in their injury report, with wide receivers Ford (foot) and Denarius Moore (foot) not practicing, as well as running back Darren McFadden (mid-foot sprain).

    Defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee) and place-kicker Sebastian Janikowski (hamstring) did not practice but are likely to play against Miami.