A GIANT TASK

The Dolphins return to action on Sunday afternoon with a tough matchup at Giants Stadium against the New York Giants. It's the type of game that could help the Dolphins really establish themselves as a top contender in the AFC.

It's a rare matchup between these teams, which haven't faced each other since 1996.

What follows is a glance at the Dolphins-Giants matchup.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (2-1) vs. New York Giants (2-1)

WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

WHERE: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

TV: CBS (Greg Gumbel, play-by-play; Phil Simms, analysis; Armen Keteyian, sidelines)

LINE: Giants by 2

NFL RANKINGS: Dolphins — 12th in the NFL in total offense, 6th in rushing offense, 26th in passing offense, 11th in total defense, 2nd in rushing defense, 27th in passing defense

Giants — 6th in the NFL in total offense, 13th in rushing offense, 4th in passing offense, 32nd in total defense, tied for 9th in rushing defense, 32nd in passing defense

COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (4th year with team); Giants, Jim Fassel (7th year with team)

SERIES RECORD: The Giants lead 3-1

LAST FOUR MEETINGS: 1996 at Miami, Giants 17, Dolphins 7; 1993 at Miami, Giants 19, Dolphins 14; 1990 at New York, Giants 20, Dolphins 3; 1972 at New York, Dolphins 23, Giants 13

INJURIES: Dolphins — C Tim Ruddy (knee) and T Mark Dixon (ankle) are out; QB Brian Griese (toe) is questionable; S Shawn Wooden (hand/hamstring) is probable; Giants — DT Keith Hamilton (hamstring) is questionable; WR Ike Hilliard (foot), CB Will Peterson (calf) and WR Willie Ponder (hip) are probable.


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