Dolphins Watch

November 29, 2010 1:17 AM

Henne's return is triumphant

HENNE1.bmpWell, that was certainly unexpected.

Instead of a hobbled Chad Henne, Dolfans saw a Henne full of vigor, and he picked apart the Oakland Raiders on 17-of-30 passing for 307 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-17 victory.

From the game's start Henne looked nothing like a quarterback who's season appeared in jeopardy just two weeks ago. From his opening 26-yard completion to Brian Hartline, to the strike Mario Moore turned into a 54-yard TD, Henne was in complete command of an offense that racked up a season-high 471 total yards.

The most encouraging sign was the return to form of the Miami running attack, which had largely been missing this season.

Ronnie Brown gained 85 yards on 24 carries, and Ricky Williams ran for 95 yards on 20 attempts, scoring the longest rushing TD of the season from 45 yards out to clinch the win.

Davone Bess, freed from his usual third receiver role, caught six passes for 111 yards, and the Raiders couldn't stop him.

But it wasn't just the Dolphins offense that played at a high level.

Cameron Wake registered yet another sack, giving him 10.5 on the season, and Chris Clemons and Yeremiah Bell made key interceptions to stop Oakland drives.

Clemons had his hands on another ball thrown by Raiders QB Bruce Gradkowski, but he had it taken away by Oakland receiver Jacoby Ford, who turned it into a 52-yard gain that set up a Sebastian Janikowski field goal.

Ford was the only thorn in Miami's side all day. He battered the struggling special teams with a 101-yard kickoff return for TD on the game's first play, and caught four passes for 108 yards and another score.

The Dolphins front seven dominated, holding the vaunted Oakland rushing attack, No. 2 heading into this game with 152 yards per game, to just 16 total yards.

Darren McFadden, one of the top rushers in the league, gained only two yards on eight carries.

Henne looked extremely sharp, despite a bad interception he forced in the red zone to Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain.

In all, it was the most complete effort by this team all season, one that puts them at 6-5, three games back of the leaders in the AFC East. And now the Dolphins get to the easier part of the schedule, with home games against Cleveland and Detroit coming up in the next three weeks.

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