With Brandon Marshall out with an injury, Davone Bess and company helped quarterback Chad Henne amass 307 yards passing.
As it turned out, even though the Dolphins ground game amassed 186 yards on 49 carries, it was the Miami aerial proficiency that gave the Dolphins the edge during Sunday's 33-17 victory against Oakland on Sunday.
A resurgent Chad Henne at quarterback deftly spread the ball around, connecting with eight Dolphins for 307 yards on 17-of-30 pass attempts and two touchdowns. The wide receiver corps of Brian Hartline, Davone Bess, Marlin Moore and Roberto Wallace combined for 12 catches for 262 yards and one touchdown.
``We prepared for it [playing without Marshall] all week,'' Hartline said. ``We had guys that we knew would step up.''
In fact, the trio of Bess, Moore and Wallace -- all undrafted coming out of college -- were the receivers who stepped up and made much of their opportunities. Bess had six catches for 111 yards, Moore had one catch for 57 yards and Wallace had one catch for 19 yards.
``The Raiders are a man coverage team. We had to win the one-on-one match-ups out there,'' Henne said. ``Toward the end we were getting the pass protection right, and we were making big plays.''
Wallace -- who made a big third down catch late in the third quarter to keep a Dolphins drive alive -- best summed up the day for the Miami wide receivers: ``We are confident in our group,'' he said, ``Brandon [Marshall] told me specifically, `This is your time to shine.' ''
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