A loss could put the Dolphins in danger of missing the playoffs with consecutive road games, at Minnesota and New England, on the horizon to close the regular season schedule.
Simply put, this is a huge game for the Dolphins.
Here's a quick glance at the Dolphins-Raiders matchup.
WHO: Miami Dolphins (8-5) vs. Oakland Raiders (9-4)
WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
WHERE: Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Fla.
TV: CBS (Greg Gumbel, play-by-play; Phil Simms, analysis; Armen Keteyian, sidelines)
LINE: Dolphins by 1
NFL RANKINGS: Dolphins — 13th in the NFL in total offense, 3rd in rushing offense, 25th in passing offense, 2nd in total defense, 5th in rushing defense, 4th in passing defense
Raiders — 1st in the NFL in total offense, 23rd in rushing offense, 1st in passing offense, 11th in total defense, 3rd in rushing defense, 21st in passing defense
COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (3rd year with team); Raiders, Bill Callahan (1st year)
SERIES RECORD: Raiders lead 18-10-1 (Oakland is 3-1 in playoffs)
LAST FIVE MEETINGS: 2001 at Miami, Dolphins 18, Raiders 15
2001 at Oakland (AFC Divisional Playoffs), Raiders 27, Dolphins 0
1999 at Oakland, Dolphins 16, Raiders 9
1998 at Oakland, Dolphins 27, Raiders 17
1997 at Oakland, Dolphins 34, Raiders 16
INJURIES: Dolphins — DT Larry Chester (shoulder), T Mark Dixon (ankle), LB Scott Galyon (shoulder), QB Ray Lucas (neck/shoulder), WR James McKnight (ankle), CB Patrick Surtain (heel) and RB Ricky Williams (quad) are probable.
Raiders — CB Tory James (leg) is out; TE Roland Williams and CB Charles Woodson (leg) are out.