MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins showed again they can beat a bad team -- barely. Next comes the biggest game yet in the franchise's revival.
» Miami has won four straight for the first time since Nov. 2006.
» The Dolphins used 10 direct snap "wildcat" plays -- all runs -- for 52 yards. Their 222 rushing yards were the most since 2002.
» The Raiders have scored two offensive touchdowns in six games under Tom Cable.
» The Raiders tied a season-high with six sacks allowed. They have given up 29 sacks in their last seven games.
The Dolphins (6-4), who barely avoided a winless season in 2007, set up a showdown at home next Sunday against AFC East rival New England.
"This should be the first time I see our stadium sold out," linebacker Joey Porter said. "I've been here a year and a half and still haven't seen the place sold out. This matchup should definitely get us to that level."
"It was my first fourth-and-5 with a minute or so left in the game," said Ginn, a second-year pro. "It was probably Chad's 20th. He's cool, calm and collected. He went out there and got the job done."
"This is good for us," Cable said. "It hurts because we lost, but we're getting closer. We've just got to keep pounding away, and we'll get a break one of these days."
The Raiders generated only two field goals on offense, and scored when Jay Richardson sacked Chad Pennington for a safety. They haven't registered an offensive touchdown in 13 quarters, and reinforcements failed to provide a spark.
Quarterback JaMarcus Russell returned after missing one game with a knee injury, and he went 15-for-22 for 156 yards, but Miami had six sacks. His last pass was a completion to the Oakland 30 before time ran out.
"You can't have an offense that doesn't score points," running back Justin Fargas said. "We have to pick up our side of it."
The Raiders went 2-for-11 on third-down conversations and were outgained 382-186. Still, they nearly pulled out a win thanks to Higgins.
"We keep putting ourselves in these dogfights," Porter said. "You don't want them to come back and bite you. When you've got a team down, you've got to figure out how to put them away. Having last-second wins is not something you want to be hoping for every time."
The Dolphins drove 93 yards on their opening possession and scored on the run by Ginn, who broke one tackle and juked past another defender. Their other touchdown drive covered 64 yards in the third period and was capped by Patrick Cobbs' 10-yard run for a 14-5 lead.
The Raiders drove 75 yards late in the first half, but with first-and-goal at the 5, they committed two penalties, lost 5 yards on a broken play and settled for a field goal and a 7-3 halftime deficit.
Sebastian Janikowski had a chance to give Oakland an 8-7 lead in the third quarter, but his 46-yard field goal attempt deflected off the right upright.
Notes: Russell was informed after the game of a death in his family, the Raiders said. He didn't talk to reporters. ... Ginn's touchdown rushing was the first by a Dolphins receiver since 2003. ... For the fourth consecutive game, Miami had the ball for more than 10 minutes in the fourth quarter. ... Shane Lechler continues to be one of Oakland's few bright spots. He averaged 52.7 yards on six kicks, four inside the 20.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.