WHO: Miami Dolphins (1-3 in the preseason) vs. Minnesota Vikings (3-0)
WHERE: Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Fla.
KICKOFF TIME: 7 p.m. ET
TELEVISION: No national television (shown locally on WFOR-TV, Channel 4, on tape delay beginning at 9 p.m. ET)
LINE: Miami by 2 ½
COACHES: Minnesota, Dennis Green (10th year); Miami, Dave Wannstedt (2nd year in Miami, 8th year in NFL)
PRESEASON SERIES RECORD: The Vikings lead 11-8
LAST PRESEASON MEETING: 1996 at Miami, Dolphins 24, Vikings 17
INJURIES: Dolphins — DT Tim Bowens (knee), G Anthony Cesario (knee), FB Deon Dyer (hand), DT Daryl Gardener (back), LB Morlon Greenwood (foot), RB J.J. Johnson (knee), TE Alonzo Mayes (shoulder), WR O.J. McDuffie (toe), CB Patrick Surtain (knee), WR Dedric Ward (foot) are out; DT Jermaine Haley (knee), S Brock Marion (knee), LB Zach Thomas (knee).
Vikings — LB Craig Sauer (foot), DL Fernando Smith (ribs), CB Robert Tate (shoulder) are out.
WHEN THE DOLPHINS HAVE THE BALL: Coach Dave Wannstedt said he would love nothing more than for his starting offense to put together one long drive against the Vikings and then take a seat on the bench. At the most, Jay Fiedler, Lamar Smith and Co. probably won't play any more than two series. Ray Lucas will get plenty of playing time at quarterback, and we might also see Mike Quinn, who needs a minor miracle to beat out Cade McNown for the No. 3 quarterback job. Wannstedt said McNown would not play against the Vikings, but he has shown the Dolphins enough in practice to be kept around. The one offensive starter who figure to get more playing time is tackle Marcus Spriggs, who is trying to lock up the starting job.
WHEN THE VIKINGS HAVE THE BALL: As was the case against the Green Bay, the Dolphins will be severely short-handed on defense. Starters Tim Bowens, Daryl Gardener, Patrick Surtain are definitely out, and Zach Thomas and Brock Marion also miss out because of minor knee injuries. Twan Russell has been appointed as the starting strongside linebacker, so keep an eye on him against the Vikings. It should be fun to see Sam Madison covering Randy Moss, but that matchup won't be available long because neither player figures to get much action.