Both the Raiders and Dolphins were playoff teams last season as AFC wild cards, but a return to the postseason is not looking likely.
Miami's season of turmoil continued on Tuesday when the Dolphins traded star running back Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles for a fourth-round pick.
Ajayi made the Pro Bowl last season, rushing for 1,272 yards. The 24-year-old had three games in which he rushed for more than 200 yards.
But his average per rush has gone from 4.9 last season to 3.4 this year, and coach Adam Gase had been critical of Ajayi -- without mentioning his name -- before the trade was made.
"We need to get the four or five yards we're going to get and stop trying to hit home runs," Gase said.
Ajayi had also been left home for the 2016 opener at the Seattle Seahawks for what Gase viewed as an immature reaction to not being named the starter. In addition, Ajayi and the rest of the Miami running backs were criticized within the past week for not knowing their pass-blocking assignments.
Numerous media reports have surfaced that a bad attitude and bad knees also factored into the Dolphins dumping Ajayi.
Meanwhile, the Raiders have lost five of their past six games, including a 34-14 blowout defeat at the Buffalo Bills last Sunday. FPI gives the Raiders just a four percent shot to make the playoffs, which ranks 13th in the AFC. And ESPN's latest power ranking places them 21st in the NFL.
"Halfway mark, we're 3-5. That's not what we were looking for. but it's what we've earned to this point," Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said. "We need to get hot in the second half."
Oakland will get running back Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch back from a one-game suspension for coming off the bench and shoving an official against the Kansas City Chiefs.
But the Raiders may once again be without two starters in the secondary: safety Karl Joseph (groin) and cornerback David Anderson (foot). Both are questionable.
Despite Oakland's issues, the Dolphins could be playing even worse at the moment as evidenced by the fact that they will be 2 1/2-point home underdogs on Sunday.
That underdog status is tied in part to Miami's 40-0 blowout loss last week at the Baltimore Ravens. That was the worst margin of defeat for the Dolphins in 18 years.
ESPN has Miami 25th in its power rankings, making the Dolphins the worst four-win team in the NFL. The seven teams ranked below Miami have all won three games or less, and the Dolphins have been outscored by a combined 60 points this year.
In addition, the Dolphins' offense ranks last in the NFL in points (13.1) and yards per game (252). The Dolphins are on pace to score 209 points, which would be the lowest in the franchise's 52-year history, not counting strike seasons.
"I'm tired of this offense being awful," Gase said. "We're the worst offense in football. It's hard to get lower than that."
Miami's offensive could get a boost on Sunday from the expected return of quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver DeVante Parker (ankle).
Guard Ted Larsen (biceps), who has yet to play this season, is nearing a return but is questionable for the Raiders.
Parker leads Miami with 59 receiving yards per game and also with receptions on 67.8 percent of his targets. He is a deep threat who can elevate over defensive backs.
Cutler is 4-2 as a starter this season, but most of the home fans seem to hate him. They chanted for his backup, Matt Moore ... at least until the second-stringer got routed by Baltimore last week.
The Raiders, who went 12-4 last season to earn their first playoff berth since 2002, have been just as big a disappointment as Miami.
Keeping quarterback Derek Carr healthy is a priority for Oakland. He broke his ankle in the 16th week last season, sinking Oakland's title hopes.
This year, the Raiders are 3-3 in games in which Carr did not go down or stay down due to injury.
Carr has three good targets in Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and tight end Jared Cook.
But Cooper is the key. The third-year pro is looking for his third Pro Bowl berth and his third 1,000-yard season, and Sunday night against the Dolphins will be in prime time and in front of his hometown fans.
VDB Free Betting Prediction: Raiders 21, Dolphins 16
Oakland Raiders vs Miami Dolphins VDB Sport Betting Odds and Matchup Report
Oakland Raiders vs Miami Dolphins VDB Betting Odds
|Oakland Raiders||-3 (-110)||-150||44 (-105)o|
|Miami Dolphins||+3 (-110)||+130||44 (-115)u|
|Name||Record||Home||Away||ATS||ATS Home||ATS Away||Offense||Defense||Diff|
|Name||Record||Home||Away||ATS||ATS Home||ATS Away||Offense||Defense||Diff|
Betting Odds Trends
|Oakland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games|
|Oakland is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games|
|Oakland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road|
|Oakland is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oakland's last 8 games on the road|
|Oakland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Miami|
|Oakland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Miami|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oakland's last 7 games when playing Miami|
|Oakland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Miami|
|Oakland is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Miami|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oakland's last 9 games when playing on the road against Miami|
|Miami is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games|
|Miami is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Miami's last 8 games|
|Miami is 7-13-2 ATS in its last 22 games at home|
|Miami is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 8 games at home|
|Miami is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Oakland|
|Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Oakland|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 7 games when playing Oakland|
|Miami is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Oakland|
|Miami is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Oakland|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Miami's last 9 games when playing at home against Oakland|
|Seth Roberts||WR||Prob Sun - Illness - 11/1/17||Roberts was forced from the previous game due to an illness but is expected to play Sunday against the Dolphins.|
|Obi Melifonwu||S||Prob Sun - Knee - 11/4/17||Melifonwu has been activated from the IR/Designated for Return list after recovering from surgery to repair a knee injury and is expected to suit up Sunday against the Dolphins.|
|Gabe Jackson||G||Ques Sun - Ankle - 11/1/17||Jackson has an ankle injury and it is unclear if he will be available against the Dolphins on Sunday.|
|Cory James||LB||Ques Sun - Knee - 11/1/17||James is hampered by a knee injury and his availability against the Dolphins on Sunday is undecided.|
|Nicholas Morrow||LB||Ques Sun - Ankle - 11/1/17||Morrow is tending to an ankle injury and it is uncertain if it will keep him out of the lineup against the Dolphins on Sunday.|
|Jamize Olawale||FB||Ques Sun - Hamstring - 10/31/17||Olawale exited the last game due to a hamstring injury and his status against the Dolphins on Sunday is undecided.|
|Karl Joseph||S||Ques Sun - Groin - 10/31/17||Joseph missed the last game due to a groin injury and it is uncertain if he will be available against the Dolphins on Sunday.|
|Marquel Lee||LB||Ques Sun - Ankle - 10/31/17||Lee has been absent from the lineup during the past three games with a right ankle injury and it is uncertain if he will return against the Dolphins on Sunday.|
|David Amerson||CB||Out Sun - Foot - 11/3/17||Amerson will miss his second-straight game Sunday against the Dolphins after sitting out the previous contest due to foot and shoulder injuries.|
|Darius Latham||DT||Elig Week 11 - Suspension - 10/9/17||Lathan has been suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy but is expected to return November 19 against the Patriots.|
|Gareon Conley||CB||Out indefinitely - Shin - 10/31/17||Conley has been sidelined due to lingering shin splints and it is unknown when he will rejoin the lineup.|
|Aldon Smith||LB||Out indefinitely - Suspension - 8/2/17||Smith remains suspended for an undetermined amount of time for violating the league's substance-abuse program.|
|Antonio Hamilton||CB||Ques Week 14 - Knee - 10/14/17||Hamilton has been placed on the injured reserve list with a knee injury is it unclear if he will return December 10 against the Chiefs.|
|Sebastian Janikowski||K||Ques Sun - Back - 10/31/17||Janikowski has been placed on the injured reserve list with a back injury and is first eligible to return Sunday against the Dolphins.|
|Denver Kirkland||G||Ques Sun - Leg - 10/31/17||Kirkland has landed on injured reserve due to a leg injury and it is undetermined if he will be activated against the Dolphins on Sunday.|
|Matt Moore||QB||Prob Sun - Back - 11/4/17||Moore is tending to a back injury but is expected to be available against the Raiders on Sunday.|
|Jay Cutler||QB||Prob Sun - Ribs - 10/31/17||Culter was held out of the previous game with two cracked ribs but is expected to suit up against the Raiders on Sunday.|
|DeVante Parker||WR||Prob Sun - Ankle - 10/31/17||Parker sat out his third-straight game with sprained ankle but is expected to return to the lineup against the Raiders on Sunday.|
|Ted Larsen||C||Prob Sun - Bicep - 11/4/17||Larsen has recovered from a torn biceps and has been activated from the IR/Designated for Return list. He is expected to line up against the Raiders on Sunday.|
|Rashawn Scott||WR||Prob Sun - Foot - 10/31/17||Scott has been activated from the PUP list as he has recovered from a foot injury and is expected to make his season debut Sunday against the Raiders.|
|Jermon Bushrod||G||Ques Sun - Hand - 11/4/17||Bushrod hurt his hand, leaving his status up in the air against the Raiders on Sunday.|
|William Hayes||DE||Ques Sun - Hamstring - 11/1/17||Hayes is battling a hamstring injury and it is undetermined if it will obstruct his availability against the Raiders on Sunday.|
|Andre Branch||DE||Ques Sun - Groin - 10/31/17||Branch sat out the last game with a groin injury and it is undetermined if he will be active against the Raiders on Sunday.|
|Nate Allen||S||Ques Week 17 - Calf - 10/31/17||Allen suffered a calf injury and it is on injured reserve. He is eligible to be activated against the Bills in Week 17.|
|Anthony Steen||C||Ques Week 17 - Foot - 10/31/17||Steen had surgery to repair a foot injury and it is unknown if he will be activated in time for Week 17 against the Bills.|
|Eric Smith||T||Ques Week 13 - Knee - 10/3/17||Smith has been designated for injured reserve with a knee injury and it is unknown if he will be activated December 3 against the Broncos.|
|Isaiah Ford||WR||I-R - Knee - 8/19/17||Ford has been placed on the injured reserve with a knee injury.|
|Tony Lippett||CB||I-R - Achilles - 9/3/17||Lippett has been designated for injured reserve due to a torn Achilles.|
|Raekwon McMillan||LB||I-R - Knee - 9/3/17||McMillan tore his ACL and is on the injured reserve list.|
|Ryan Tannehill||QB||I-R - Knee - 8/13/17||Tannehill suffered a partially torn ACL in his right knee and is on the injured reserve list.|
|Lamin Barrow||LB||I-R - Foot - 8/7/17||Barrow has been placed on the injured reserve list with a foot injury.|
|Koa Misi||LB||I-R - Neck - 7/25/17||Misi has landed on injured reserve with a neck injury.|
|9/28/14||MIA (38) - OAK (14)||4/41||MIA/O||317||53||264||435||157||278|
|9/16/12||OAK (13) - MIA (35)||1/41||MIA/O||396||23||373||452||263||189|
|12/4/11||OAK (14) - MIA (34)||-3.5/43||MIA/O||304||46||258||362||209||153|
|11/28/10||MIA (33) - OAK (17)||-3/38||MIA/O||263||16||247||471||186||285|
|11/16/08||OAK (15) - MIA (17)||-10/38||OAK/U||199||70||129||382||222||160|
|9/30/07||OAK (35) - MIA (17)||-3.5/40||OAK/O||369||299||70||278||141||137|
|11/27/05||MIA (33) - OAK (21)||-7/42||MIA/O||305||120||185||394||145||249|
|12/15/02||OAK (17) - MIA (23)||-1/43||MIA/U||56||56||0||121||121||0|
|9/23/01||OAK (15) - MIA (18)||-1/39.5||MIA/U||96||96||0||144||144||0|
|1/6/01||MIA (0) - OAK (27)||-9/42||OAK/U||140||140||0||40||40||0|
Oakland Last 10
|10/29/17||@ BUF||L 14-34||2/47||L/O||36||-112||148||0.7||-0.6||0.3|
|10/1/17||@ DEN||L 10-16||3.5/44||L/U||-44||-119||75||-0.1||-2.9||0.6|
|9/24/17||@ WAS||L 10-27||-3.5/53.5||L/U||-344||-84||-260||-4.5||-1.0||-8.8|
|9/10/17||@ TEN||W 26-16||2.5/49.5||W/U||9||14||-5||0.2||-0.8||1.6|
|8/26/17||@ DAL||L 20-24||3/44.5||L/U||-65||-60||-5||-1.4||-2.0||-1.3|
Miami Last 10
|10/26/17||@ BAL||L 0-40||3/38||L/O||-99||-129||30||-1.6||-2.0||-2.1|
|10/15/17||@ ATL||W 20-17||14/46||W/U||-50||38||-88||-1.8||-0.8||-2.3|
|9/24/17||@ NYJ||L 6-20||-5.5/43||L/U||-111||-73||-38||-2.1||-1.0||-5.8|
|9/17/17||@ LAC||W 19-17||3.5/46||W/U||-31||67||-98||-1.8||0.3||-1.7|
|8/31/17||@ MIN||W 30-9||3.5/37||W/O||62||-27||89||1.8||-0.1||2.7|
|8/24/17||@ PHI||L 31-38||3.5/42.5||L/O||-124||-65||-59||0.4||0.3||-0.2|