MILE HIGH MATCHUP

The Dolphins face a major test on Sunday night in a game that could have significant repercussions in the AFC race later down the line.

The Dolphins and Denver Broncos both enter the game with 4-1 records, and the winner of this game could find itself in great position to land one of the top two seeds in the AFC playoffs.

The Dolphins failed miserably in their last road test, but they are confident that was just an aberration.

What follows is a glance at the Dolphins-Broncos matchup.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (4-1) vs. Denver Broncos (4-1)WHEN: Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET

WHERE: Invesco Field at Mile High, Denver, Colo.

TV: ESPN (Mike Patrick, play-by-play; Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire, analysis; Suzy Kolber, sidelines)

LINE: Denver by 3 1/2

NFL RANKINGS: Dolphins — 8th in NFL in total offense, 3rd in rushing offense, 20th in passing offense, 10th in total defense, 4th in rushing defense, 23rd in passing defense

Broncos — 11th in NFL in total offense, 8th in rushing offense, T-17th passing offense, 5th in total defense, 2nd in rushing defense, 18th in passing defense

COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (3rd year with team); Broncos, Mike Shanahan (8th year)

SERIES RECORD: Miami leads 8-3-1 (Denver is 1-0 in playoffs)

LAST FIVE MEETINGS: 2001 at Miami, Dolphins 21, Broncos 10

1999 at Denver, Dolphins 38, Broncos 21

1999 at Denver (playoffs), Broncos 38, Dolphins 3

1998 at Miami, Dolphins 31, Broncos 21

1985 at Denver, Dolphins 30, Broncos 26

INJURIES: Dolphins — DE David Bowens (knee) is doubtful; T Mark Dixon (ankle) and LB Twan Russell (knee) are questionable; FB Rob Konrad (knee), C Tim Ruddy (groin), CB Patrick Surtain (knee), DE Jason Taylor (knee), LB Zach Thomas (ankle) and S Shawn Wooden (hamstring) are probable.

Broncos — FB Mike Anderson (ankle), LB Keith Burns (hand), G Lennie Friedman (thumb), CB Tyrone Poole (lower back) and WR Rod Smith (shoulder) are probable.


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