MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The Raiders looked like the 1985 Chicago Bears against the run in their regular-season opener. On Sunday, they looked like, well, the 2011 Raiders.

The Raiders allowed 32 yards on 20 carries against the San Diego Chargers in their first game, good for a tie for third in the league. The Miami Dolphins surpassed 32 yards on their fourth carry and finished with 263 overall.

The Dolphins averaged a robust 6.1 yards per carry, almost four times the 1.6 allowed by the Raiders against the Chargers.

It was enough to conjure up images of the Raiders against the run last season, when they finished 27th at 136.1 yards per game and last at 5.1 yards per carry.

"(The Dolphins) did a nice job of blocking," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said, "but at the end, we didn't tackle as well as we need to tackle."

Dolphins running back Reggie Bush feasted on the Raiders to the tune of 172 yards rushing, with 88 of those yards coming on his two touchdown runs (23, 65).

Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said Allen and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver place a huge emphasis on tackling in practice.

"We work on tackling every day," Kelly said. "We work with tackling if we got pads on, we work with tackling if we don't have pads on. It's something D.A. expects. Tackle, tackle, tackle. So, it was just like, '(Bush) started breaking tackles. What the hell is going on?' "


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  • For those clamoring for a return to a power-blocking scheme, don't hold your breath.

    Allen, quarterback Carson Palmer and running back Darren McFadden are of the belief that offensive coordinator Greg Knapp's zone-blocking scheme is not the problem with Oakland's run-game woes through two games.

    "I'm very comfortable in this scheme," McFadden said. "I just feel like we have to get going. You hit one or two runs here, 3-yard runs here, and eventually it's going to start popping."

    McFadden is the one being popped on a regular basis right now. He rushed for 22 yards on 11 carries Sunday and has 54 on 26 carries overall this season.

    Palmer said mastering the blocking scheme takes time.

    "You don't just install a bunch of plays and get really good at cut blocking and giving him those cutback lanes," Palmer said. "It's something that we have to continue to work at, and we will. We'll get better at it each practice. He's 100 percent the right guy for this system."

    Allen minced few words when asked if he still has confidence in the zone-blocking scheme.

    "Absolutely," Allen said. "Absolutely. I've seen it work. I believe in it."

  • Oakland long-snapper Jon Condo recovered well enough from a concussion to be activated for Sunday's game.

    Good thing, too, for the Raiders, given he was needed 12 times -- nine times on punts, twice on field-goal attempts and once on an extra-point attempt.

    Condo executed every snap without flaw and without coach Dennis Allen needing to look away for fear of another botched snap, as was the case with Travis Goethel three times in place of Condo against the Chargers on Sept. 10.

    "I was nervous just because of taking that hit," Condo said. "I was a little nervous before the game. Am I going to be timid running down the field? I just wanted to get that first rep and running down the field. ... I just wanted to get some contact to the head, just to see how it feels. And I did."

    That came on the first punt, when Condo mixed it up with a Dolphins blocker. Once he emerged from that fine, Condo said, it felt like any other game.

  • Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore played in a game of any kind Sunday for the first time this season.

    His ability to make plays on a regular basis surfaced before long. He caught two passes for 41 yards in the first half, both receptions netting first downs. Overall, he finished with three for 67.

    Moore missed all four of Oakland's exhibition games and its regular-season opener while recovering from a hamstring injury that he suffered the first week of training camp.

  • Right offensive tackle Khalif Barnes suffered a groin injury in the second quarter. Willie Smith replaced Barnes.

    Cornerback Shawntae Spencer emerged from the game with a sprained foot. Running back Taiwan Jones was limited because of sore ribs.

  • McFadden got poked in the left eye late in the first quarter and missed a few plays.

    As it worked out, replacement Mike Goodson turned a short pass into a 64-yard touchdown, with the help of key blocks by right guard Mike Brisiel and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.

    McFadden wore a visor for the rest of the game. He said he intends to keep wearing the visor from here on out.

  • Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline posted career-highs in receptions (nine) and yards (111) on Sunday, with rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill looking his way on most crucial downs.

    Tannehill and Hartline did most of their damage against cornerback Pat Lee, who was filling in for injured regular Ron Bartell (shoulder).

  • Lest anyone think Sunday was an aberration in terms of rushing for both teams, consider this:

    In the past four games between these teams, the Dolphins rushed for 880 yards (5.1-yard average) and nine touchdowns. The Raiders totaled 155 (2.5) and no touchdowns.