Game Preview: Oakland at Miami

The Dolphins will look to extend their winning streak to four games Sunday when they take on the Oakland Raiders at Dolphin Stadium. Here's a complete look at the matchup.

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

SURFACE: Grass

TV: CBS (Ian Eagle, Solomon Wilcots)

SERIES: 29th regular-season meeting. Raiders lead 16-11-1. Miami has won six of last seven but Raiders won last meeting on Sept. 30 of last year 35-17, rushing for 299 yards as Daunte Culpepper returned to the team that cut him and passed for three touchdowns and rushed for two.

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Raiders must get their running game untracked to have any chance, and the Dolphins have allowed more than 100 rushing yards in five of their past six games. Interim coach Tom Cable has taken over play-calling duties for an offense that has just nine touchdowns in nine games. RB Justin Fargas rushed for 179 yards in Miami last season and Oakland needs to get the offensive line creating a push from the outset. If not, QB JaMarcus Russell, whose mobility could be limited, will be a sitting duck. ... With the offense's inability to sustain drives, the Raiders' defense typically gets worn down as it faces a league-high average of 34.4 rushing attempts per game. Meanwhile, Miami has gotten back to focusing on its ground game and looking for big chunks of yards out of the Wildcat formation that has accounted for eight of the offense's 22 touchdowns. The Dolphins get themselves in deep trouble on third-and-seven or longer, so they'll run heavily on first and second down.

KEY INJURIES:

Raiders: RB Darren McFadden (turf toe) is uncertain; Russell (knee) should play; WR Javon Walker (ankle) is doubtful.

Dolphins: LG Justin Smiley (shoulder) will continue to rotate some with Matt McChesney.

FAST FACTS: The Dolphins have outscored opponents 56-29 in the fourth quarter, while the Raiders have been outscored 94-37. ... The Dolphins are 5-0 when they win time of possession.

PERSONNEL NEWS

Dolphins:-- S Courtney Bryan was re-signed this week to bolster the Dolphins' league-worst kick coverage teams. He will no doubt be activated immediately for Sunday's game because he's already familiar with the schemes as he was on the team all preseason until the final cutdown.

-- RB Patrick Cobbs is one of offensive coordinator Dan Henning's favorite players, and despite an already-crowded backfield with star running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, Henning will continue to find ways to get Cobbs some touches. He has 13 catches for 240 yards with two touchdowns.

-- WR Ted Ginn Jr. has progressed at a steady rate in both the passing game and return game this season and is becoming the playmaker that had been envisioned by the last regime of GM Randy Mueller and coach Cam Cameron. He already has matched his receptions (34) total of last season and has surpassed his yardage with 457.

-- RG Ike Ndukwe has held onto the starting job despite threats from Evan Mathis and Andy Alleman. Mathis was cut last week and Alleman was inconsistent while spelling Ndukwe last week against the Seahawks.


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