Game at a glance

The Nick Saban era for real Sunday afternoon when the Dolphins take on the Denver Broncos in their 2005 season opener. Here's a quick look at the game.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (1-4 in preseason) vs. Denver Broncos (4-0)

WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

WHERE: Dolphins Stadium, Miami, Fla.


ANNOUNCERS: Verne Lundquist, play-by-play; Dan Dierdorf, color; Armen Keteyian, sidelines

LINE: Denver by 5

NFL RANKINGS (2004): Dolphins -- 29th in total offense, 31st in rushing offense, 21st in passing offense, 8th in total defense, 31st in rushing defense, 2nd in passing defense; Broncos -- 5th in total offense, 4th in rushing offense, 6th in passing offense, 4th in total defense, 4th in rushing defense, 6th in passing defense.

COACHES: Dolphins, Nick Saban (1st season with team); Broncos, Mike Shanahan (10th season)

SERIES RECORD: Dolphins lead 9-3-1

LAST MEETING: 2004 at Denver; Broncos 20, Dolphins 17

DOLPHINS INJURIES: P Matt Turk (groin) is questionable; CB Travis Daniels (hamstring) and LB Junior Seau (calf) are probable.

BRONCOS INJURIES: TE Nate Jackson (hamstring) is doubtful; TE Wesley Duke (hamstring) is questionable; CB Champ Bailey (hamstring) and DE Courtney Brown (elbow) are probable.

GAME NOTES: Gus Frerotte, who will start at quarterback for the Dolphins, started seven games for Denver in 2000-01 and threw for a career-high 462 yards while with the Broncos in 2000. ... Mike Anderson will start at running back for Denver, which traded 2004 leading rusher Reuben Droughns in the offseason. ... The Dolphins and Broncos, who faced each other only once between 1976 and 1997, will be meeting for the seventh time in the last eight seasons.

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