For 16 seasons, the Miami Dolphins were Dan Marino's team. Now, as an injured Marino watches from the sideline, Miami has turned into Coach Jimmy Johnson's club.
Miami's defense held an opponent without an offensive touchdown for the second straight week, shutting down the NFL's top rushing attack in a 16-9 win over the Oakland Raiders today.
Cecil Collins had a one-yard scoring run and Olindo Mare kicked field goals of 44, 34 and 21 yards for the Dolphins (6-1), who held Oakland to 80 yards on the ground and pressured injured quarterback Rich Gannon into a 7-for-28 afternoon.
Damon Huard, making his second straight start in place of Marino, was 16 of 32 for 221 yards. Marino is out until at least mid-November because of a pinched nerve in his lower neck and watched as the Dolphins carried out Johnson's recipe for success--great defense and a ball-control offense.
Miami's defense has not allowed a touchdown in more than 10 quarters, stretching back to the second period of an Oct. 17 game against New England.
Michael Husted kicked three field goals for the Raiders (4-4), who entered the game averaging an NFL-best 137 rushing yards. Gannon, who played with a soft cast protecting a broken bone in his left, non-throwing wrist, threw for 130 yards and an interception.
The teams traded field goals in the first quarter. The Dolphins marched 51 yards after an interception by Terrell Buckley midway through the second period, leading to Collins's scoring run.
When Gannon threw two incompletions and was sacked on the Raiders' next possession, he was replaced by Bobby Hoying and went to the locker room for examination of his left wrist.
Gannon returned after halftime, leading the Raiders 64 yards to Husted's 34-yard field goal. The Dolphins responded with a drive that ended with Mare's 34-yard field goal.