GAME PREVIEW

The Dolphins will be back at Pro Player Stadium for the first time in almost a month when they take on the Baltimore Ravens Sunday afternoon. They can only hope that can make a difference and help them stop their three-game slide.

This is the first of four home games in the team's next five outings, so this is the time of year when the Dolphins need to make a move if they are to achieve their goals of making some noise in the playoffs.

Of course, the bigger concern right now is finding a way to get things done on offense and stop self-destructing.

That might be easier said than done against a good Baltimore defense that could have All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis back in the lineup.

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

WHO: Miami Dolphins (5-4) vs. Baltimore Ravens (4-5)

WHEN: Sunday, 4:15 p.m. ET

WHERE: Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Fla.

TV: CBS (Kevin Harlan, play-by-play; Randy Cross, analysis; Beasley Reece, sidelines)

LINE: Miami by 4 1/2

NFL RANKINGS: Dolphins 16th in the NFL in total offense, 9th in rushing offense, 21st in passing offense, 10th in total defense, 5th in rushing defense, 19th in passing defense

Ravens 29th in the NFL in total offense, 16th in rushing offense, 30th in passing offense, 17th in total defense, 14th in rushing defense, 21st in passing defense

COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (3rd year with team); Ravens, Brian Billick (4th year with team)

SERIES RECORD: Dolphins lead 2-1 (Baltimore won the only playoff matchup)

LAST THREE MEETINGS: 2002 at Miami (AFC playoffs), Ravens 20, Dolphins 3

2000 at Miami, Dolphins 19, Ravens 6

1997 at Baltimore, Dolphins 24, Ravens 13

INJURIES: Dolphins — WR Cris Carter (kidney) and QB Jay Fiedler (thumb) are out; T Mark Dixon (ankle) and S Trent Gamble (groin) are questionable; QB Ray Lucas (back), DE Adewale Ogunleye (knee), DE Jason Taylor (wrist) and RB Ricky Williams (ankle) are probable.

Ravens — DE Michael McCrary (knee), QB Chris Redman (back) and WR Brandon Stokley (foot) are out; CB Chris McAlister (ankle) is doubtful; TE John Jones (knee), LB Ray Lewis (shoulder) and CB James Trapp (shoulder) are questionable; TE Todd Heap (knee) is probable.


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