Miami Dolphins: 3 Takeaways From Week 3 Win vs Oakland Raiders

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The Miami Dolphins are undefeated. Sunday’s win against the Oakland Raiders gives the Dolphins their first 3-0 start since the 2013 season. No matter how you slice it, it feels good to be able to say that. The Dolphins still sit atop the division, heading into their Week 4 matchup with the New England Patriots. A win, and not only will the Dolphins be undefeated through the first quarter of the season, they’ll have a two game cushion on the almighty Patriots.

That’s the good news. The bad news? I feel like a broken record at this point, but it was an ugly win for the Miami Dolphins. Were it not for a couple of big plays when the team needed it most — both on offense and defense this time — we’d be looking at a much different story. Miami was dominated in this game, losing the time of possession battle, the total yardage battle, and even their composure at times.

That we’re sitting here talking about the Dolphins remaining undefeated is as much a testament to how much the Raiders are struggling this season as it is the Dolphins’ success, if not more so. However, a win is a win. No matter how ugly, at the end of the day the W is all that matters.

We’re only three games into the season, but we’re already seeing some trends on both sides of the ball. With that in mind, here are my three biggest takeaways from today’s victory over the Raiders. And, as always, Fins Up my fins fans!

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