WHEN: Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET
WHERE: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La.
ANNOUNCERS: Gus Johnson, play-by-play; Steve Tasker, analysis
LINE: New Orleans by 2
NFL RANKINGS: Dolphins -- 21st in total offense, 18th in rushing offense, 18th in passing offense, 18th in total defense, 20th in rushing defense, 16th in passing defense; Saints -- 12th in total offense, 10th in rushing offense, 17th in passing offense, 11th in total defense, 26th in rushing defense, 8th in passing defense.
COACHES: Dolphins, Nick Saban (1st season with team); Saints, Jim Haslett (6th season)
SERIES RECORD: Dolphins lead 5-3
LAST MEETING: 1998 at Miami; Dolphins 30, Saints 10
DOLPHINS INJURIES: WR Marty Booker (ankle), DE Kevin Carter (knee), CB Sam Madison (hip), K Olindo Mare (knee), S Lance Schulters (quad), LB Junior Seau (calf) and DE Jason Taylor (foot) are questionable.
SAINTS INJURIES: C LeCharles Bentley (ankle), T Jammal Brown (ankle), TE Ernie Conwell (knee), WR Az-Zahir Hakim (ribs), G Montrae Holland (knee), WR Joe Horn (hamstring), DE Darren Howard (finger), G Kendyl Jacox (knee), G Jermane Mayberry (shoulder), CB Mike McKenzie (foot), S Mel Mitchell (hamstring), LB T.J. Slaughter (groin), S Dwight Smith (knee), WR Donte Stallworth (shoulder), RB Aaron Stecker (ankle) and DT Brian Young (foot) are questionable.
GAME NOTES: Travares Tillman will start at strong safety for the Dolphins in place of Tebucky Jones, who was put on IR earlier this week. ... The game will be Ricky Wiliams' first in the regular season against the team that picked him fifth overall in the 1999 draft. ... In addition to Saban, the game will mark a homecoming for Dolphins players Travis Daniels, Donnie Jones and Norman LeJeune, all of whom played for LSU. ... The Dolphins don't want to give up any rushing yardage to Saints RB Jesse Chatman, but it might help them in the long run. The Dolphins traded Chatman to the Saints a few weeks ago, and they will get a seventh-round pick in 2006 as compensation if Chatman winds up rushing for at least 300 yards this season.