ORANGE SUNDAY

The Dolphins will be wearing orange jerseys for Sunday night's game against the Washington Redskins, and while you can debate all you want how that's going to look, Zach Thomas said it best when he stated that playing well is what will make the Dolphins look pretty.

And clearly, the Dolphins need to play well Sunday night as they prepare to head into the toughest stretch of their schedule.

The game marks a reunion of sorts for offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who was Washington's head coach for six-plus seasons before being fired with three games left in the 2000 season.

Turner, who beat Washington 30-3 while San Diego's offensive coordinator in 2001, said this was just another game, pointing out the need for the Dolphins to pick up their game.

No argument there.

What follows is a preview of the Redskins-Dolphins matchup:

WHO: Miami Dolphins (6-4) vs. Washington Redskins (4-6)

WHEN: Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET

WHERE: Pro Player Stadium

TV: ESPN (Mike Patrick, play-by-play; Paul Maguire and Joe Theismann, analysis; Suzy Kolber, sidelines)

LINE: Dolphins by 6 1/2

NFL RANKINGS: Dolphins — 27th in the NFL in total offense, 20th in rushing offense, 27th in passing offense, tied for 11th in total defense, 3rd in rushing defense, 26th in passing defense

Redskins — 22nd in the NFL in total offense, 24th in rushing offense, 17th in passing offense, 26th in total defense, 23rd in rushing defense, 25th in passing defense

COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (4th year with team); Redskins, Steve Spurrier (2nd year with team)

SERIES RECORD: The Dolphins lead 6-4

LAST FIVE MEETINGS: 2000 at Washington, Redskins 21, Dolphins 10; 1993 at Miami, Dolphins 17, Redskins 10; 1990 at Washington, Redskins 42, Dolphins 20; 1987 at Miami, Dolphins 23, Redskins 21; 1984 at Washington, Dolphins 35, Redskins 17

INJURIES: Dolphins — QB Jay Fiedler (knee), G Jamie Nails (ankle), G Todd Perry (elbow), C Tim Ruddy (knee) and CB Patrick Surtain (ankle) are questionable; DT Larry Chester (quad), LB Zach Thomas (shoulder) and S Shawn Wooden (hamstring) are probable.

Redskins — RB Ladell Betts (arm) and C Larry Moore (foot) are doubtful; CB Rashad Bauman (ankle), FB Rock Cartwright (ankle), DT Jermaine Haley (hand/shoulder), S Andre Lott (ankle), RB Chad Morton (ankle) and QB Patrick Ramsey (foot); LB LaVar Arrington (knee/hand), WR Laveranues Coles (toe), DE Bruce Smith (hand/knee) and CB Fred Smoot (chest) are probable.


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