Game Preview: Miami at N.Y. Giants

The Dolphins are still looking for that elusive first victory and it certainly won't be easy to get it Sunday afternoon against a 4-2 Giants team coming off its bye. We get inside the matchup at MetLife Stadium.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (0-6) at New York Giants (4-2)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

SITE: MetLife Stadium

SURFACE: FieldTurf

TV: CBS, Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf

THE SPORTS XCHANGE PREDICTION: Giants, 34-12

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Dolphins average 15 points per game and scrounge for points in the second half because of inexperience and a lack of big-play threats. WR Brandon Marshall and RB Reggie Bush, touted as marquee performers, are scoreless in the last four games and haven't shown up in critical spots. The Giants, by comparison, are finding new weapons on both sides of the ball. Second-year DE Jason Pierre-Paul leads the team with 7.5 sacks and WR Victor Cruz, second on the team with 21 receptions, is fourth in the NFL in yards per reception (19.0) among players with at least 20 grabs. The Giants also welcome back a host of starters who got healthy over the bye week.

FAST FACTS: Eli Manning has been sacked 14 times; he was sacked 16 times in 2010. ... The Dolphins have 14 wins in their last 40 games, including nine on the road.

PERSONNEL NEWS

Dolphins

-- CB Vontae Davis sat out practice for the second consecutive day with a hamstring injury. Davis missed two games earlier in the season with the same issue.

-- CB Nolan Carroll practiced in full on Thursday and likely would replace Vontae Davis in the starting lineup if Davis is unable to play. Carroll had been limited earlier in the week.

-- S Reshad Jones was limited in practice on Thursday with a knee injury. He didn't play in the Dolphins' loss against the Broncos last week.

-- S Chris Clemons practiced in full on Thursday. He has been hampered with a hamstring injury throughout the season and has yet to start a game this season.

-- RT Marc Colombo practiced on a limited basis on Thursday and is working his way back from a knee injury he suffered in the game against Denver.

Giants

-- RB Brandon Jacobs, who has had a mercurial career in New York, said in a current interview with Men's Fitness magazine that he doesn't anticipate being with the Giants beyond 2012, when his current contract expires. Jacobs, who pondered the coaches' usage of him and Ahmad Bradshaw, said, "I'm just here, doing the best that I can do to help my team. I come out to win; it's up to them whether or not they want to use me."

Jacobs also expressed an eagerness to show people that he still has something left in his tank.

"I just want to get out there and show myself," he said in the article. "It's going to have to be for another team, but it is what it is. It comes with the territory."

Jacobs said he expects to play on Sunday after missing the past two games with a knee injury. He said that he has not ruled out wearing protective braces on both of his knees.

-- FB Henry Hynoski (neck), who had been able to practice on a limited basis on Monday and Wednesday, sat out Thursday's practice. Hynoski appears to be a long shot to play this Sunday against the Dolphins. Head coach Tom Coughlin said that Hynoski did not suffer a setback, but that his progress has been slow.

-- OL Adam Koets, who has yet to begin his 21-day practice window due to ongoing issues with his back, is fast approaching the end of his 21-day window. Koets, who initially began his stay on PUP due to a knee issue, has been dealing with back spasms for the last six weeks, according to head coach Tom Coughlin, and appears no closer to returning to the field this season than he did back in the summer.

-- OL Stacy Andrews, who has a prominent role in the Giants short-yardage package as a blocking tight end, was added to the team's injury report with a back ailment. Andrews did not practice on Thursday.

-- CB Terrell Thomas reports via his official Twitter account that his surgically repaired knee is "in good shape" and that he's "two weeks ahead of schedule" in his rehab. Thomas was lost for the season after tearing the ACL in his knee on Aug. 22 in a preseason game against Chicago.

-- QB Eli Manning, who will be facing Miami for only the second time in his career, went eight of 22 (36.4 percent) for 59 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions when the two teams last met back on Oct. 28, 2007 in London, England. Manning, who also had a rushing touchdown in that game, was sacked once in the Giants' 13-10 win.

-- LB Michael Boley is tied with Baltimore's Haloti Ngata in defensive fumble recoveries with three. Boley's three recoveries have resulted in 78 yards and one touchdown.

-- RB Ahmad Bradshaw's 38 points scored places him fifth league wide among the leading scorers that are non-kickers. Bradshaw has six touchdowns and one two-point conversion.

-- DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who has started every game this season thanks to the injury-related absences of Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck, reiterated that he is fine with taking a back seat to his veteran teammates. "There'll be enough snaps for everyone, so I'm not worried," he said. "I'll just go out there and do what they ask me to."

-- CB Prince Amukamara, who saw his workload increase in just his second practice back with the team following his recovery from foot surgery, reported that he is still experiencing a little soreness in his foot, but that it goes away shortly afterward. The Giants' first-round draft took most of his reps during Wednesday's practice with the scout team.


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