Predicting the outcome

The Dolphins haven't started a season 0-3 since 1969, but that's what they're staring at unless they can topple the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night at Pro Player Stadium. Here's how we think the game will unfold.

The game, of course, was moved from its 1 p.m. start time because of Hurricane Jeanne, which made landfall Sunday morninga couple of hours north of Miami.

Fans of high-scoring football probably won't enjoy the Dolphins-Steelers matchup very much because there really doesn't figure to be a lot of scoring.

Although it probably will be windy and there might be some rain, the weather conditions on Sunday night shouldn't be too bad, so that won't be a major factor.

But there is a tremendous amount of inexperience at quarterback, and that's why it should be a low-scoring affair.

A.J. Feeley will be making his second start for the Dolphins, and he needs to play better than he did last Sunday at Cincinnati. He also needs his offensive line to perform better in front of him.

The key for Feeley will be to look for tight end Randy McMichael and let him make plays after the catch and also to avoid mistakes.

On the other side, the Steelers are going with rookie Ben Roethlisberger, their first-round pick out of Miami of Ohio.

He will be replacing injured Tommy Maddox and in his first NFL start the Dolphins will try to harass him and confuse him.

The Dolphins have given up defensive touchdowns in each of their first two games, and Sunday's night Pittsburgh game may well come down to that as well.

From this vantage point, we still see the Pittsburgh offense ahead of the Dolphins offense, so it's looking like that dreadul 0-3 start.

The call: Steelers 13, Dolphins 10.


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