Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha played Sunday for the first time in almost a month since he sprained his right ankle. The Miami Dolphins wasted little time testing Asomugha's readiness.
Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne completed a pass for 26 yards on their first offensive play, with Asomugha getting turned around by wide receiver Brian Hartline.
In the first half, Henne completed three passes to Asomugha's man, good for 57 yards. Asomugha was called for holding on the one pass that Henne didn't complete to the receiver covered by the Pro Bowl cornerback.
"I came in and thought it was going to be at a level where I could cut and break and do all those things just fine," Asomugha said. "It clearly wasn't and it got worse as I kept going. "... The worst part is, when you go out there and you want to help the guys, but then you feel like you're hurting by being out there."
Overall, Asomugha allowed four catches for 65 yards in the 33-17 loss. He allowed only five receptions for 87 yards and no touchdowns in the first eight games he played.
By halftime, it was apparent Asomugha's ankle wasn't quite ready to hold up to the rigors of an entire game. Michael Huff switched from free safety to Asomugha's right cornerback spot after halftime.
Asomugha returned one series later after the Dolphins scored on a long pass. He was in and out of the game during the fourth quarter.
The Dolphins targeted McFadden time and again. McFadden allowed completions for first downs on back-to-back third-down plays late in the first half on a Miami drive that netted a field goal.
"Walter had a good week of preparation and, obviously, struggled out there (Sunday)," Raiders coach Tom Cable said. "You put a guy out there to do a job, and it's not going his way."
On Miami's opening possession of the second half, McFadden allowed a completion on a third-and-10 play that wide receiver Marlon Moore turned into a 57-yard touchdown.
Two drives later, McFadden was called for holding on a third-down play that turned an incomplete pass into a Dolphins first down. He also allowed a 19-yard completion for a first down on third-and-eight on the final play of the third quarter and a 28-yarder in the fourth quarter.
"They have to understand that the shortest memory is the best memory if you're playing corner here," Asomugha said of Ware and McFadden, "because they are not going to have a chance to sit back and relax."
He also returned three punts for 60 yards. Bess is Miami's second leading receiver this season, with 55 catches for 600 yards and three touchdowns.
"It was really exciting," Bess said. "I can't even really put it in words, man. Definitely a blessing. I'm excited to come home and get to play in front of my home city, my family, my friends, all my close ones that supported me."
Bess set up Dolphins scoring drives in the third quarter with 10- and 47-yard punt returns.
Ford also caught four passes for 108 yards and scored Oakland's lone offensive touchdown.
"He is starting to really grow and mature as a receiver," Raiders quarterback Bruce Gradkowski said. "He's making plays. You want to get the ball in that guy's hands and watch him run. When he is the open field, it's crazy what he can do."