Game Preview: San Diego at Miami

The Dolphins will be trying to produce their first two-game winning streak since November 2006 when they play host to the San Diego Chargers Sunday at Dolphin Stadium. The Dolphins (1-2) will be facing a tough challenge against a San Diego team (2-2) that has won its last two. Here is a look at Sunday's matchup.

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET


TV: CBS (Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker)

SERIES: 26th meeting. Dolphins lead series, 13-12, and the Dolphins have won six straight. The Chargers haven't won a game in South Florida in more than 27 years -- the epic overtime game that is considered among the greatest games in NFL history. Their last win in the series came in the 1994 Divisional Playoffs, the Chargers' lone Super Bowl season.

KEYS TO THE GAME: Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson is coming off his first 100-yard rushing game of the season, and should only become more effective as his toe and offensive line get closer to 100 percent. With temperatures expected in the mid-80s, San Diego would prefer to establish the run and not expose QB Philip Rivers to the Dolphins' aggressive pass rush. But outside of CB Will Allen, there's no one in Miami's secondary Rivers will think twice about attacking. ... The Dolphins' offense can't line up man for man with the Chargers and expect to move the ball consistently, so expect more experimenting with looks like the 'Wildcat' formation Miami used to upset New England two weeks ago - especially with a bye week to game plan. RBs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are the backbone of the Dolphins' attack, but the Chargers' run defense has slowly been improving along with the health of DT Jamal Williams' knees.


Chargers: OLB Jyles Tucker (hamstring) looks unlikely and would be replaced by Marques Harris; TE Antonio Gates (hip) and Williams (knee) have been limited in practice but will play.

Dolphins: None.

FAST FACTS: The Chargers will fly 15,771 miles the next four weeks, including games in Miami, Buffalo and London. ... Chargers WR Chris Chambers is the Dolphins' fourth-leading all-time receiver in yards (5,688) and TD catches (43).



-- RG Mike Goff (knee) worked the entire practice and is a go for Sunday.

-- TE Antonio Gates (hip) was able to get through another practice. He's set for Sunday.

-- FB Mike Tolbert (ankle) was limited in his work and he's no lock to play Sunday. If he can't go, another rookie, Jacob Hester, would replace him.

-- DT Jamal Williams (knees) was limited Thursday. But he's expected to go on Sunday.

-- OLB Jyles Tucker (hamstring) didn't work again. If he can't go, Marques Harris gets the start.


-- WR Ted Ginn Jr. doesn't seem as if he will be returning kicks any time soon but he may be involved in the 'Wildcat' formation as a passer. Ginn was a high school quarterback and threw a touchdown at Ohio State.

"You've got to be talented," offensive coordinator Dan Henning said, referring to trying trick plays. "Ricky (Williams) is talented in other ways and Pat Cobbs is talented in other ways. We have some talent in the wide receiver position in other ways. We've got to utilize it all because there's a turnaround taking place here. There's a big turnover in personnel."

-- QB Chad Henne was given the bulk of the snaps during the bye week to help speed up his development. It has nothing to do with any quarterback controversy, which was quieted after Chad Pennington had a sharp outing against the Patriots, hitting 17 of 20 passes with no picks.

-- FS Renaldo Hill played for Chargers coach Norv Turner when he was head coach of the Raiders in 2005, and he said that owner Al Davis was always on the practice field asking questions about how they could get better. Hill will probably need to help CBs Will Allen and Andre' Goodman on former Dolphins WR Chris Chambers, who will be playing his first game against Miami since they traded him last February.

-- CB Will Allen and WR Derek Hagan got into a tussle during practice. After Hagan pushed off the trash-talking Allen, he then caught a touchdown in the end zone. He spiked the ball and then the two started jawing. Hagan pushed Allen and Allen's momentum knocked an official down. The two would later high-five and Tony Sparano said he welcomed the spirited competition.

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