Game Preview: Miami at Jacksonville

After starting the season 0-3 and then 3-5, the Dolphins find themselves right in the thick of the AFC playoff race as they head to Jacksonville for Sunday's battle against the Jaguars. Obviously, this is a must-win game for Miami, and we break down the matchup.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (6-6) at Jacksonville Jaguars (7-5)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

SITE: Jacksonville Municipal Stadium


TV: CBS (Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots)

PREDICTION: Dolphins, 24-20

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Dolphins' secondary was torched over the top last Sunday, but that's not Jacksonville's strength. The Jaguars want to establish RB Maurice Jones-Drew early, control the clock and set up play-action for QB David Garrard to pick at Miami's rookie starters on the corners. The Dolphins are moving away from the Wildcat without injured RB Ronnie Brown, and QB Chad Henne is developing good chemistry with young WRs Davone Bess and Brian Hartline. RB Ricky Williams remains a focal point, but Henne will have to be productive against Jacksonville's weak pass defense.

FAST FACTS: The Dolphins have allowed 43 completions of 20-plus yards this season. ... The Jaguars have a five-game home winning streak.


Miami Dolphins:

-- CB Evan Oglesby was back on the field after getting cut recently and re-signed to the 53-man roster. Oglesby, a veteran of four NFL seasons with the Ravens and Cowboys, has played 36 games. He provides depth in case Jones can't go.

-- OT Lydon Murtha, a recent pickup from the Lions' heap, has been placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

-- The Dolphins worked out the much-traveled G Nevin McCaskill, a former Hampton University teammate of Kendall Langford, and signed him to the practice squad. At 6-4, 315, McCaskill could provide depth on the offensive line, especially with the uncertain nature of Justin Smiley's chronic shoulder ailments.

FRIDAY INJURY REPORT: Dolphins — C Jake Grove (ankle) is doubtful; CB Nate Jones (hamstring) is questionable; LB Joey Porter (knee) and LB Jason Taylor (shoulder) are probable.

Jaguars — DT John Henderson (shoulder), CB Rashean Mathis (groin) and WR Mike Sims-Walker (calf) are doubtful; G Kynan Forney (back) and DE Julius Williams (knee) are questionable; RB Maurice Jones-Drew (knee) and WR Mike Thomas (hamstring) are probable.

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