GAME DATE: 9/30/07
TV: CBS, Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker
SERIES: 28th meeting. Raiders lead 15-11-1, but Dolphins have won the last six regular season games and eight of the past nine. Dolphins won last meeting 33-21 in 2005, breaking the game open in the fourth quarter and recording seven sacks and a safety on defense. Miami also won the last game in Miami, 23-17, the Raiders' last loss that season until falling to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl.
KEYS TO THE GAME: The headlines are about QB Daunte Culpepper's expected start for the Raiders in his return to Miami. But the meat of Oakland's attack will lie with RB LaMont Jordan, who is second in the NFL with 350 rushing yards. Miami's defense is showing its age, and if the Raiders keep the game close or get a lead, the Dolphins have had trouble stopping the run in the second half. ... Dolphins QB Trent Green is well acquainted with the Raiders defense from his years with Kansas City, so he is aware of the speed in Oakland's secondary. The Dolphins want to see if RB Ronnie Brown can follow up his excellent game against the Jets, and the Raiders are allowing 4.8 yards per carry.
KEY INJURIES: Raiders: QB Josh McCown (fractured foot), DE Derrick Burgess (calf) and LG Robert Gallery (shoulder) are likely game-time decisions. Dolphins: MLB Zach Thomas (concussion) is practicing on a limited basis and is questionable; SS Donovin Darius (calf) shoulder play; TE David Martin (toe) has been limited in practice.
FAST FACTS: Raiders PK Sebastian Janikowski has 161 career field goals, one shy of Chris Bahr's franchise record. ... Green has thrown for 2,914 yards with a 10-3 record in 13 career games against Oakland.