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Dolphins beat Raiders 17-15 to improve to 6-4

It was closer than anyone expected. And the special teams, terrible as they have been this year, tried to give this one away.

But when it was over the Dolphins won on a 38-yard field goal by rookie Dan Carpenter.

It was a good day for the defense, which kept Oakland's offense out of the end zone all four quarters, extending that group's scoreless string to 13 consecutive quarters. The offense, meanwhile, sputtered most of the day although it put together that final, last-gasp drive that resulted in the the winning FG.

Raiders quarterback JarMarcus Russell had a tough day completing 15 of 22 passes for 156 yards and was sacked four times. But after the game, in a heart-rending moment, Russell was seen crying in the locker room because apparently he was given the news of a passing in his family. No more details are available and Russell has not talked.

Anyway, the Dolphins are in second place in the AFC East -- ahead of the 6-4 New England Patriots, which they beat earlier this year. The Jets are in first place at 7-3.

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