Posted Oct 3, 2013

Breaking down the Dolphins-Ravens matchup


DATE: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
TIME: 1 p.m. ET
SITE: Sun Life Stadium
TV ANNOUNCERS: Marv Albert, play-by-play; Rich Gannon, analysis
DOLPHINS RADIO NETWORK: Clear Channel, WBGG (105.9 FM) and WINZ (940 AM) and a network of affiliates throughout Florida; WQBA (1140 AM-Spanish)
RADIO VOICES: English broadcast — Jimmy Cefalo, Bob Griese, Joe Rose, Keith Sims; Spanish broadcast — Raul Striker, Joaquin Duro


SERIES RECORD: Miami leads 5-3
AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 4-1
AT BALTIMORE: Ravens lead 2-1
LAST MEETING: 2010 at Baltimore; Ravens 26, Dolphins 10
HISTORY LESSON: Half of the Dolphins’ four victories at home against the Ravens have been overtime contests. Miami won a battle of field goals in 2003, escaping with a 9-6 victory after Zach Thomas’ fumble recovery set up Olindo Mare’s third field goal of the game. And then there was the 2007 game when the Dolphins recorded their first victory of the season in Week 15 on a 64-yard touchdown pass from Cleo Lemon to Greg Camarillo.
SERIES TREND: History suggests we’re not in for a shootout Sunday. Only once in the teams’ first eight meetings, plus their two postseason matchups, have both teams scored at least 17 points. That occurred in the 2004 season finale when the Ravens pulled out a 30-23 victory at Baltimore. The losing team in half the teams’ 10 meeting, including playoffs, ended up with single-digit points.


LAST GAME: Lost at Buffalo, 23-20
OVERVIEW: The Ravens come to South Florida as the defending Super Bowl champions, but they don’t quite look like the team that beat the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome last February. Gone are Baltimore mainstays Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Anquan Boldin. The new-look Ravens were inconsistent in the first quarter of the regular season, starting with a blowout loss at Denver in the first NFL game of the year. The high point for the Ravens was a convincing 30-9 victory against the Houston Texans in Week 3.
KEY NEW FACES: S Matt Elam (draft-1st round), LB Arthur Brown (draft-2nd), S Michael Huff (Oakland), LB Daryl Smith (Jacksonville), LB Elvis Dumervil (Denver), WR Brandon Stokley (Denver), TE Dallas Clark (Tampa Bay), DE Chris Canty (N.Y. Giants), T Eugene Monroe (Jacksonville)
KEY VETERANS GONE: LB Ray Lewis (retired), S Ed Reed (Houston), WR Anquan Boldin (San Francisco), C Matt Birk (retired), TE Dennis Pitta (IR-designated for return), LB Dannell Ellerbe (Miami), S Bernard Pollard (Tennessee), LB Paul Kruger (Cleveland)
Game Pass: Miami Dolphins