1:00 PM ET, September 30, 2007
MIAMI (AP) -- As Daunte Culpepper skipped across the back of the end zone, showboating in celebration of another touchdown, his surgically repaired right knee looked plenty sturdy.It held up fine Sunday, when Culpepper ran for three touchdowns and threw for two to win a grudge game against his former team, helping the Oakland Raiders beat the winless Miami Dolphins 35-17.
Oakland forced the ground game down Miami's throat, led by the 1-2 punch of LaMont Jordan and Justin Fargas. Before Jordan left the game with an injury, he was punishing the Dolphins defenders, and Fargas continued the beating after Jordan left. Miami's poor tackling was glaring on the field and on the stat sheet, as the yards after contact were enormous. The Raiders also saw the kind of play they hoped for when they signed QB Daunte Culpepper in the offseason. He was quick to point out to Miami fans after scrambling for a TD that his knee is just fine. He showed great mobility and was efficient and accurate passing.
Those two factors led to an easy Oakland win.
-- Ken Moll, Scouts Inc.
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Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.0||5.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||10:36||Jerry Porter 7 Yd Pass From Daunte Culpepper (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||7||0|
|TD||02:01||Daunte Culpepper 2 Yd Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||14||0|
|TD||12:40||Ronnie Brown 9 Yd Run (Jay Feely Kick)||14||7|
|FG||06:10||Jay Feely 29 Yd||14||10|
|TD||04:00||Daunte Culpepper 5 Yd Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||21||10|
|TD||00:08||Justin Peelle 3 Yd Pass From Trent Green (Jay Feely Kick)||21||17|
|TD||07:58||Jerry Porter 27 Yd Pass From Daunte Culpepper (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||28||17|
|TD||00:23||Daunte Culpepper 3 Yd Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||35||17|