Game at a glance

The Dolphins begin a two-game home stretch against top-notch competition, Atlanta and New England, this weekend and the first test brings Michael Vick and Co. to Dolphins Stadium. Here's a look at the matchup.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (3-4) vs. Atlanta Falcons (5-2)

WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

WHERE: Dolphins Stadium, Miami, Fla.

TV: FOX

ANNOUNCERS: Dick Stockton, play-by-play; Daryl Johnston, analysis; Tony Siragusa, sidelines

LINE: Atlanta by 2 1/2

NFL RANKINGS: Dolphins -- 20th in total offense, 16th in rushing offense, 20th in passing offense, 11th in total defense, 17th in rushing defense, 11th in passing defense; Falcons -- 15th in total offense, 1st in rushing offense, 28th in passing offense, 23rd in total defense, 20th in rushing defense, 21st in passing defense.

COACHES: Dolphins, Nick Saban (1st season with team); Falcons, Jim Mora (2nd season)

SERIES RECORD: Dolphins lead 7-2

LAST MEETING: 2001 at Miami; Dolphins 21, Falcons 14

DOLPHINS INJURIES: WR David Boston (knee), CB Sam Madison (hip) and DE Jason Taylor (foot) are questionable.

FALCONS INJURIES: RB T.J. Duckett (ankle), WR Michael Jenkins (ankle) and DE Brady Smith (toe) are questionable.

GAME NOTES: Dolphins defensive coordinator Richard Smith and defensive line coach Dan Quinn both served as the same San Francisco 49ers staff as several Atlanta coaches, including head coach Jim Mora. ... Dan Marino will be honored at halftime, as the Dolphins present him with his Hall of Fame ring. ... Marino will be one of five honorary Dolphins captains for the game, in addition to Nick Buoniconti, Larry Csonka, Jim Langer and Paul Warfield.


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