Scouting Report

The Dolphins will try to get back on the right track Sunday when the travel to East Rutherford, N.J., to take on the New York Jets. Here's a complete look at the matchup.


KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:15 ET

GAMEDATE: 10/15/06

SURFACE: FieldTurf

TV: CBS, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms

SERIES: 82nd meeting. The Jets hold a 41-39-1 all-time lead and have won seven of their past eight home matchups against the Dolphins, including a 17-7 victory last September. Miami won the most recent meeting at home last December, with three Jason Taylor sacks and a 50-yard touchdown pass from Sage Rosenfels to Marty Booker Highlighting the Dolphins' 24-20 victory.

2006 RANKINGS: Dolphins: offense 24th (27th rush, 15th pass); defense 5th (11th rush, 8th pass). Jets: offense 20th (25th rush, 14th pass); defense 29th (28th rush, 21st pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: At home against a team struggling even more than they are, the Jets need to find a way to get off to a quick start. They haven't scored a first-quarter offensive touchdown in 19 games and are coming of a 41-0 loss in Jacksonville -- so early confidence might be hard to come by. The team that has had the most rushing yards has won 18 of the past 21 meetings, but running the ball has hardly been either team's forte this season. Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown has struggled behind poor offensive line play, but he could find bigger holes to exploit against a Jets defense allowing 148.6 rushing yards per game while struggling to make the transition to coach Eric Mangini's 3-4 scheme. QB Joey Harrington will also make his second consecutive start for the Dolphins. He showed more mobility last Sunday than Daunte Culpepper, who is working to regain the elusiveness he had before his major knee injury last year.

FAST FACTS: Dolphins: Have lost 19 consecutive games when having a negative turnover margin. ... DE Jason Taylor has 12.5 sacks in 18 career games against the Jets. Jets: Team's quarterbacks have thrown 101 consecutive passes against Miami without an interception. ... RB Kevan Barlow has 24 points this season, second-most in the league by a non-kicker.



-- QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) will be the third quarterback this week as he continues to strengthen his surgically repaired knee. Former Chargers QB Cleo Lemon, who has yet to throw a pass in a regular season NFL game, will be prepped for backup duty in case Joey Harrington gets hurt.

-- WR Marty Booker (chest and left shoulder) is doubtful, and from the looks of him, don't count on him playing. "Marty is a lot better, but he still has a long way to go, especially for this week's game," coach Nick Saban said. Booker has 13 catches for 198 yards.

-R ookie WR Derek Hagan will take the place of Marty Booker (chest and left shoulder) and probably will make his first NFL start. At 6 feet 2, Hagan could prove to be a tough cover for the undersized Jets defensive backs. He has two catches for 31 yards so far.

-- TE Justin Peelle (knee) didn't practice, and coach Nick Saban said he's the farthest away from playing among the injured Dolphins. Expect backup TE Jason Rader to replace Peelle in double-tight end formations. With TE Randy McMichael nursing sore ribs, Saban activated TE Tim Massaquoi off the practice squad.

-- CB Travis Daniels (right knee) didn't practice Thursday, and he'll most likely be replaced by nickel cornerback Andre' Goodman, who started the first three games while Daniels was nursing a right ankle sprain. Goodman has 11 tackles and two passes defensed.


-- RB Leon Washington (hip) is listed as probable. He practiced Thursday.

-- WR/PR Tim Dwight (thigh) practiced on a limited basis Thursday. This has become the norm for Dwight, who is expected to be available Sunday.

-- WR Laveranues Coles (calf) is listed as questionable and did not practice fully Thursday. Like Dwight, that has become the norm for the physically tough Coles.

-- RB Cedric Houston (knee) practiced on a limited basis Thursday and is listed as questionable.

-- RB Curtis Martin (knee) could return to practice soon. He will be eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list after this game. "He'll be available (for practice) once we see that that's where his progress is," coach Eric Mangini said Thursday.

-- FB B.J. Askew (foot) is listed as questionable, and he practiced on a limited basis Thursday.

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