Game Preview: Oakland at Miami

The Dolphins will try to get back on the winning track Sunday when they play host to the Oakland Raiders at Sun Life Stadium. In Oakland, the Dolphins will face a team that could be on its way to its first playoff appearance since 2002. Here's a breakdown of the matchup.

WHO: Oakland Raiders (7-4) at Miami Dolphins (3-8)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

SITE: Sun Life Stadium

SURFACE: Natural grass

TV: CBS, Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf


KEYS TO THE GAME: The Raiders haven't lost since Carson Palmer's first start against Denver on Nov. 6, and he has more than done his part considering RB Darren McFadden and multiple key receivers have been out. Credit RB Michael Bush, who'll get a stiff test against a rested Dolphins defense playing gangbusters in the last four games. The Raiders' run defense is no stone wall, and Miami sets the table for QB Matt Moore to throw out of a moving pocket with short passes and inside runs to RB Reggie Bush. Moore will get one-on-one matchups outside and push the ball to WR Brandon Marshall, who has 98-plus receiving yards in four of Moore's seven starts.

FAST FACTS: The Raiders are 1-8 in the Eastern time zone since the start of the 2008 season. ... Dolphins LT Jake Long has allowed five sacks this season.



-- LB Rolando McClain faced four misdemeanor charges in his hometown of Decatur, Ala., in a shooting incident following a fight.

-- WR Denarius Moore did not practice and is unlikely to face Miami.

-- WR Jacoby Ford did not practice and was unlikely to face Miami.

-- DT Richard Seymour did not practice and is unlikely to face Miami.

-- RB Darren McFadden did not practice and isn't expected to face Miami.


-- QB Sage Rosenfels, who has been on the Dolphins' reserve/non-football illness list, was waived on Thursday, opening the door for the veteran quarterback to sign with another team.

-- RG Vernon Carey sat out his second straight practice because of the left ankle sprain he suffered against Dallas.

-- OG Nate Garner practiced as the starting right guard for the second straight day, increasing the possibility he'll start his second game of the season.

-- S Yeremiah Bell had his participation limited on Thursday because of a turf toe injury he's been nursing for a couple weeks.

-- K Dan Carpenter participated on a limited basis because of the groin injury he's nursed the past two weeks.

-- RB Reggie Bush averaged 1.9 yards on the 14 carries he had in his one game against Oakland. But he did score two touchdowns in that game.

-- FS Reshad Jones is entering his third week as the starting free safety.

-- DE Phillip Merling played the past two weeks against the Cowboys and it looks like he'll continue to be in the defensive line rotation.

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