JOUSTING WITH JAGUARS

The Dolphins will be playing their first meaningful game at Jacksonville since the 62-7 playoff loss after the 1999 season, but revenge will not be their motivation on Sunday. The biggest reason is that the blowout loss took place so long ago. And there's also the issue of the Dolphins simply looking to keep their little roll going.

The Dolphins have won three in a row since that shocking season-opening love to Houston, and they've started playing the kind of football observers expected from them all along.

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

WHO: Miami Dolphins (3-1) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4)

WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

WHERE: ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.

TV: CBS (Gus Johnson, play-by-play; Brent Jones, analysis)

LINE: Dolphins by 2 1/2

NFL RANKINGS: Dolphins — 16th in the NFL in total offense, 6th in rushing offense, 28th in passing offense, 14th in total defense, 3rd in rushing defense, 30th in passing defense

Jaguars — 12th in the NFL in total offense, 17th in rushing offense, 10th in passing offense, 16th in total defense, 6th in rushing defense, 27th in passing defense

COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (4th year with team); Jaguars, Jack Del Rio (1st year with team)

SERIES RECORD: The Jaguars lead 2-0

PREVIOUS MEETINGS: 1999 playoffs at Jacksonville, Jaguars 62, Dolphins 7; 1998 at Jacksonville, Jaguars 28, Dolphins 21

INJURIES: Dolphins — T Mark Dixon (ankle) is out; DT Tim Bowens (hand), C Tim Ruddy (knee), LB Junior Seau (hamstring) and S Shawn Wooden (ankle) are questionable; LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (abdomen), QB Jay Fiedler (toe), QB Brian Griese (toe), FB Rob Konrad (knee), CB Sam Madison (heel), S Brock Marion (ankle/knee), C Seth McKinney (groin), G Jamie Nails (shin), T Wade Smith (elbow) and DE Jason Taylor (quad) are probable.

Jaguars — P Chris Hanson (leg) and LB Eric Westmoreland (knee) are out/IR; CB Kiwaukee Thomas (groin) is doubtful; QB Mark Brunell (elbow), CB Jason Craft (groin), LB Mike Peterson (ribs) and WR Jimmy Redmond (foot); LB T.J. Slaughter (hamstring) and DB James Trapp (ankle) are probable.


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