The Dolphins needed this. A franchise that has taken more gut punches than Rocky needed to land a couple of shots of its own and today was the time.
The Dolphins knocked out the Raiders, 35-13.
It really wasn't that close.
Miami dominated in every phase in the second half. Yes, the home field advantage may have had something to do with it because Oakland players seemed a step slower, some even fatigued. Notice the three defensive backs chasing Reggie Bush on his 65-yard TD didn't gain any ground.
But the humidity was not the reason Miami won. They were just the better team today. They got a great performance from the running game, first with Bush shredding the Raiders and even rookie Lamar Miller doing damage, including his first career TD run.
Ryan Tannehill outplayed veteran Carson Palmer.
And the line of scrimmage belonged to the Dolphins -- particularly in the second half.
It was also a good job by the coaching staff that addressed the ills of last week's batted passes. There were none by the Raiders today.
It was a total butt-whipping, folks.