Scouting Report

The Dolphins return to Miami for the first time in almost Sunday to take the Green Bay Packers. It's the Dolphins' last game before their bye, and it's pretty obvious they badly could use a victory. Here's a complete look at the matchup.


KICKOFF: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

Site: Dolphin Stadium


TV: FOX, Matt Vasgersian, JC Pearson

SERIES: 12th meeting. The Dolphins lead the series 9-2. The Packers have never won on the road, losing all six games. Green Bay, though, has won two of the last three meetings, dating to 1997. The teams last met in 2002, a 24-10 Packers victory on "Monday Night Football" in Green Bay.

2006 RANKINGS: Packers: offense 9th (27th rush, 2nd pass); defense 31st (13th rush, 32nd pass). Dolphins: offense 21st (26th rush, 12th pass); defense 4th (10th rush, 6th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Packers have to fight the temptation to come out firing relentlessly against the Dolphins' beat-up secondary. Conditions in South Florida could be in the 90s with plenty of humidity, so the Packers will wear down if they don't attempt to control the clock a bit. RB Ahman Green is expected to start after missing two games, and QB Brett Favre has limited his mistakes this season with the Packers keeping the offense balanced and most of their games within reach. Green Bay is also very thin at receiver behind starters Donald Driver and Greg Jennings, and TE Bubba Franks has been virtually invisible in the passing game.

Dolphins QB Joey Harrington might have nightmare flashbacks to his struggles against the Packers while with Detroit, and although he's in a new city he's still playing behind a shaky offensive line. However, this has the potential to be a breakout game for him and WR Chris Chambers working against the league's worst pass defense allowing an average of 275.8 yards per game -- and Green Bay could be without CB Charles Woodson.

FAST FACTS: Packers: Are 0-6 in the series in Miami, but did win Super Bowl II at the Orange Bowl in 1968. ... Are 8-2 in their past 10 games immediately following a bye. Dolphins: Play four NFC North teams in their next five games. ... Harrington is 2-5 against Green Bay.



-- RB Ahman Green on Thursday declared himself fit for Sunday's game at Miami. Green has practiced three of the last four days without incident after missing the previous two games because of sore hamstrings. Green was upgraded from questionable to probable on Friday. His carries will be limited to about 15 to 20 in the game.

-- WR Robert Ferguson has yet to be ruled out for the rest of the season, but a decision could be forthcoming. Ferguson has been on crutches the past two weeks after suffering significant damage to the Lisfranc part of his right foot returning a kickoff in Week 4.

-- FB William Henderson managed to practice again despite having swelling in a calf. The backup also was upgraded from questionable to probable on Friday.

-- DT Cullen Jenkins remains sidelined with a badly sprained ankle and was ruled out of the game on Friday.

-- LB Ben Taylor was out another day, and the versatile backup likely won't play for the second straight game because of a hamstring injury. He, too, is on the injury report as doubtful.

-- LB Abdul Hodge, the rookie who's been backing up Nick Barnett in the middle, also figures to be a no-go for the second consecutive game because of a serious knee injury. He hasn't practiced for more than two weeks.


-- CB Andre' Goodman wore a red (no contact) jersey again, and is expected to start in place of Travis Daniels Sunday against Green Bay.

-- CB Travis Daniels didn't take part in a full practice all week and isn't expected to play Sunday.

-- FS Jason Allen, the first round draft pick who has hardly played this season, worked with the first-team dime package unit, along with backup SS Yeremiah Bell, who is playing the 'star' or shadowing the tight end.

-- DE Kevin Carter, who sat out Wednesday's practice with a sore knee, returned to practice on Thursday and is expected to play Sunday.

-- WR Marty Booker completed all of practice for the second straight day on Thursday and is expected to start Sunday's game against Green Bay. Booker missed last Sunday's 20-17 loss to the New York Jets because of a pulled muscle in his chest.

-- LB Derrick Pope shed the red jersey and practiced without limitations Thursday. After missing four straight games, he should be a boon to special teams this week.

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