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Raiders Notes: In Culpepper, the Raiders trust

MIAMI -- Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin is guessing Daunte Culpepper will want his or offensive coordinator Greg Knapp's job.

On his second touchdown pass, Culpepper told receiver Jerry Porter if the Miami Dolphins were set on not allowing Porter to run a slant route -- on which he scored in the first quarter -- to go deep.

Porter went deep and caught a 27-yard touchdown pass to help the Raiders beat Miami 35-17.

Kiffin said it was a "great call" by Culpepper.

"So I guess the guy's going to want to be offensive coordinator as well," Kiffin said. "But that's what you get from him. You get a guy who's in the huddle and he'll take over sometimes."

Porter called the decision a "tendency breaker," as teams noticed the Raiders' proclivity for short routes. It was Porter's first multi-touchdown game since Oct. 30, 2005, at Tennessee.

"I've had this feeling before one time," Porter said. "It's been awhile. ... I don't really mind it at all."

TRASH TALK -- Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter is known to talk a big game. The Raiders have a talker of their own.

Defensive tackle Warren Sapp had a laugh when asked about Porter, who guaranteed a win only to see the Raiders run for 299 yards.

"What you going to guarantee next time?" a smiling Sapp said. "It's tough when you run your mouth."

CHANGE IS GOOD -- The Raiders' decision to start Gerard Warren at defensive tackle and Stanford Routt at cornerback looked good for a second week. Warren picked up his third sack in three games, and Routt had an interception, his second this season.

LIGHTNING STRIKES AGAIN -- The start of Sunday's game was delayed 30 minutes because of lightning. It's the second time in two road games a Raiders game has been halted because of lightning.

The Raiders began returning to the field 24 minutes after officials delayed the kickoff. During the delay, the grounds crew put fresh dirt on the baseball infield at Dolphin Stadium and rechalked lines in the dirt that were washed away by the rain.

The Raiders' game at Denver on Sept. 26 was delayed 25 minutes because of lightning in the second quarter.

INJURIES -- Kiffin had no details on LaMont Jordan's back injury. Jordan left the game in the second quarter. He was on crutches after the game and refused to comment.

Cornerback Fabian Washington (hamstring) left the game early. Linebacker Sam Williams also left the game in the second half because of an undisclosed injury.

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