MIAMI — Field position was so bad Sunday for the Oakland Raiders that touchbacks became cause for celebration.
Pinned deep in their territory to begin almost every series, the Raiders rolled up plenty of yards but still lost to the Miami Dolphins 35-13.
Oakland's Carson Palmer threw for 373 yards, but his team managed only one touchdown.
"You'd like to get better field position," he said. "Days like that, you've got to find ways to score points, and we didn't do that."
The Raiders, under new coach Dennis Allen, are 0-2 for the first time since 2007. His defense came up with no takeaways against the Dolphins and rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
"We haven't helped our offense out with field position," Allen said. "We need to take the ball away and create short fields. We can't go 80 yards on every drive."
Reggie Bush ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns to help the Dolphins win a home opener for the first time since 2005. Tannehill threw his first NFL touchdown pass, ran for another and avoided any turnovers after tossing three interceptions in his pro debut a week earlier.
The Dolphins improved to 1-1, and Joe Philbin earned a sideline drenching for his first victory as a head coach.
"It was nothing fancy, nothing magical," Philbin said. "Our identity right now is we've got to run the ball effectively and stop the run."
Miami did both, outgaining Oakland on the ground 259-23.
Bush broke four tackles on a 23-yard touchdown run that put Miami ahead to stay in the third quarter. After Miami forced a punt, Bush struck again, this time on a 65-yard scoring run.
"We left our game in the locker room, simple as that," Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said.
Far from home on a sweltering afternoon, the Raiders wilted down the stretch. In the final 20 minutes Miami pulled away by mounting touchdown drives of 80, 80 and 75 yards.
Allen declined to blame the heat or long trip, or his team's short week after a loss Monday.
"I'm not going to use those factors as a crutch," he said. "We've got to coach better and play better and they were the better team today. They out-executed us, and we've got to do a better job."
The Raiders' lone touchdown came when backup running back Mike Goodson took a swing pass and turned it into a 64-yard score. Darren McFadden was held to 22 yards rushing and 19 receiving by the Dolphins.
"Those guys were good on run defense today," he said. "They were getting after it."
Tannehill went 18 for 30 for 200 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano. But the rookie's niftiest throw came as he was being tackled: Parallel to the ground, he side armed a completion for a 3-yard gain.
The Raiders started their first-half possessions at their 16, 8, 7, 14, 18 and 12.