Game Preview: Miami at Green Bay

The Dolphins apparently will have to face quarterback Aaron Rodgers after all on Sunday, and that won't make the task of beating the Packers in Green Bay any easier. We break down Sunday's matchup at venerable Lambeau Field.

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

SITE: Lambeau Field

SURFACE: Grass

TV: CBS, Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

PREDICTION: Packers 20-13

KEYS TO THE GAME: With or without QB Aaron Rodgers (concussion), injuries are a major factor for the Packers on both sides of the ball, but Matt Flynn has enough ability to win a game out of the bullpen. But he must get good efforts from WRs Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, who had forgettable outings last week at Washington. The Dolphins have the pass rushers to crash the pocket. The Dolphins haven't scored a rushing touchdown since Week 1. That could well change with the Packers minus LB Nick Barnett and OLB Clay Matthews (hamstring) uncertain. And if QB Chad Henne is given time, the Packers' secondary has also been thinned by injuries.

FAST FACTS: The Dolphins have won three straight against NFC teams. ... Rodgers has won his last six home starts.

PERSONNEL NEWS

Dolphins:

-- CB Benny Sapp, who plays the slot corner in the Dolphins' nickel package, missed Thursday's practice on an excused absence. Dolphins coach Tony Sparano did not give the reason for the absence, although Sapp was seen limping around the locker room earlier in the week.

-- LT Jake Long (left knee) was upgraded to full practice participation on Thursday's injury report. Long should be fine to make his 38th straight start (including playoffs) in his young career.

-- Rookie CB Nolan Carroll got several reps as the primary kickoff returner during a special teams period open to the media. Patrick Cobbs, who opened the year in that role, was not featured during that period. Davone Bess was No. 2 on kick returns. Sparano admitted Cobbs hasn't been getting as many opportunities during games as he did before suffering a season-ending knee surgery one year ago this week.

-- DL Tony McDaniel missed Friday's practice for a non-football reason of his own, coach Tony Sparano said. McDaniel will be fine to play Sunday as he returns from a one-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

-- Rookie RG John Jerry continues to work behind journeyman Pat McQuistan, who has started the last two games for the Dolphins while Jerry was out with an undisclosed illness. Jerry almost certainly will be on the game-day roster Sunday, but the Dolphins might choose to work him back in more slowly.


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