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NFL review: Raiders lose in London
29 Sep 2014 14:02
Manchester-born Menelik Watson experienced an unhappy homecoming as his Oakland Raiders were routed 38-14 by the Miami Dolphins in one of the most one-sided NFL games at Wembley on Sunday.
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Offensive lineman Watson was back in the country of his birth to play in front of a sold-out crowd which included his mother and daughter, who were both watching the 25-year-old for the first time live.
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But after being visibly emotional having been named an honorary captain and leading out the Black and Silver, Watson was let down as his team-mates failed to find the same levels of inspiration and served up a lame duck in London.
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Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who was angered by head coach Joe Philbin's reluctance to assure him of his starting role this week, took out his frustrations by throwing a pair of touchdowns while running-back Lamar Miller also found pay-dirt twice.
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The loss meant Oakland dropped to 0-4, raising further questions over whether head coach Dennis Allen will even have a job to return to on the other side of the Atlantic, while Miami snapped a two-game losing streak to move to 2-2.
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Like Oakland, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers also came into this round on a three-match losing run but they picked up their first win after easing past the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24
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The Indianapolis Colts, who reached the Divisional play-offs last season, were convincing winners over the freefalling Tennessee Titans as quarterback Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes in a 41-17 triumph.
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Aaron Rodgers was similarly impressive for Green Bay, throwing for 302 yards and four touchdowns as the Packers beat the Chicago Bears 38-17 for their fifth successive victory at Soldier Field.
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The Detroit Lions are off to a 3-1 start after downing the New York Jets 24-17, while the Baltimore Ravens have an identical record after defeating the Carolina Panthers, veteran receiver Steve Smith helping to inflict a 38-10 drubbing over his former side with two touchdowns.
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The Houston Texans are another side with a 3-1 record after edging out the Buffalo Bills 23-17.
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The Dallas Cowboys moved to 3-1 after an impressive 38-17 win over the New Orleans Saints in a game which saw Tony Romo throw three touchdown passes and DeMarco Murray run 149 yards.
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Philip Rivers was equally effective throwing the football as he completed three touchdown passes for 377 yards as the San Diego Chargers crushed the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-14.
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Rookie Teddy Bridgewater in his first NFL start, threw for 317 yards before leaving the game with an ankle injury as the Minnesota Vikings picked up a surprising 41-28 win over the Atlanta Hawks to move to 2-2.
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The San Francisco 49ers ended a two-game losing streak with a 26-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
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