The Los Angeles Raiders stopped the Miami Dolphins' six-game winning streak by sticking with their game plan.
"We were just going to give it to Marcus (Allen) and Bo (Jackson) and let them run," said Raiders quarterback Jay Schroeder, after Jackson rushed for 99 yards and Allen 79 in a 13-10 Los Angeles' victory."We knew all week that our offensive line was going to have to play well," Schroeder said. "We just let them come off the ball and play some smash-mouth football. They did a great job."
The Raiders rushed for 177 yards and controlled the ball for 35:24 to 24:36 for the Dolphins, 8-2. Los Angeles held the Miami running game to 14 yards on 12 carries.
Raiders Coach Art Shell said he did a little exhorting before the game.
"I kind of challenged them a little bit," he said. "I said it was about time for us to take it to the next level as far as intensity is concerned and to play playoff and championship-type football.
"We came out and played the kind of football we're capable of playing: good hard-nosed physical football. And we beat a pretty good football team tonight."
Allen scored the Raiders' only touchdown by banging up the middle from 2 yards out in the second quarter. Jeff Jaeger kicked a 23-yard field goal in the first quarter, and his 43-yard field goal in the third quarter proved to be the difference.
The Raiders broke a two-game losing streak and improved to 7-3, one game ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West.
"The difference was the Raider running game," Dolphins Coach Don Shula said. "Both backs have great speed, and we also got knocked off the ball."
The Raiders took a 10-7 halftime lead on Jaeger's first field goal and Marcus Allen's 2-yard run. Miami scored with 31 seconds to go in the half on a 14-yard pass from Dan Marino to Scott Schwedes, a fourth-year wide receiver who was re-signed last week after being cut earlier in the season.
The Dolphins were playing without receivers Mark Clayton and Freddie Banks.
The Raiders made it 13-7 on Jaeger's 43-yard field goal in the third quarter, coming after a drive from the Raiders 28 to the Miami 25.
The Dolphins closed to 13-10 when Pete Stoyanovich booted a 26-yarder with 10:30 left in the game. Stoyanovich's field goal was set up by a 40-yard completion down the right sidelines from Marino to Mark Duper, who caught the ball over cornerback Lionel Washington.
The Raiders looked like they were going to roll over the Dolphins on the ground during their first possession. With Allen carrying the ball on all eight downs, Los Angeles went from its own 48 to the Miami 10. But on fourth-and-1, Allen was stopped by safety Louis Oliver and the Dolphins took over.
On their next possession, the Raiders rolled again with the help of a 25-yard completion from Schroeder to Willie Gault. But again, the Dolphins held, this time on the 6, and Jaeger kicked his 23-yarder.
For the second straight time, the Dolphins went three and out and the Raiders put together a 79-yard, 18-play, nine-minute drive that resulted in Allen's 2-yard touchdown. The Raiders appeared to be stopped on third-and-goal at the 9, but a holding call on Tim McKyer gave the Raiders an automatic first down at the 5.
That's when Marino took over with a seven-play drive from the Dolphin 23 that took only 1:35.