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Countdown To Kickoff: Dolphins - Bucs

Posted Nov 18, 2017

Breaking down the Dolphins-Buccaneers matchup.

MIAMI DOLPHINS (4-5) vs. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (3-6)


GAME FACTS

DATE: Sunday, Nov. 19
TIME: 1 p.m. ET
SITE: Hard Rock Stadium; Miami Gardens, Fla.
TV: FOX
TV ANNOUNCERS: (Dick Stockton, play-by-play; Mark Schlereth, color analyst; Shannon Spake, sideline)
DOLPHINS RADIO NETWORK: KISS (99.9 FM); WQAM (560 AM); WQBA (1140 AM-Spanish)
RADIO VOICES: English broadcast — Jimmy Cefalo, Bob Griese, Kim Bokamper; Spanish broadcast — Raul Striker Jr., Eduardo Martell


THE SERIES


SERIES RECORD: Teams tied 5-5
AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 3-1
AT TAMPA BAY: Buccaneers lead 4-2
LAST MEETING: 2013 at Tampa Bay; Buccaneers 22, Dolphins 19
SERIES TREND: The Dolphins dominated the early part of the series after Tampa Bay came into the NFL in 1976, but the Buccaneers have won four of the past five meetings. Three of the past four meetings were decided by two or three points.
HISTORY LESSON: The last meeting in Miami between the teams turned into a showcase for the kickers. Tampa Bay’s Connor Barth had field goals of 50, 51 and 54 yards, but Dan Carpenter countered with four field goals, including a 25-yard game-winning kick with 10 seconds left as the Dolphins won 25-23.

SCOUTING REPORT

TAMPA BAY’S RECORD: 3-6
LAST GAME: Won 15-10 vs. N.Y. Jets

OVERVIEW: The Buccaneers were seen as a potential breakthrough team heading into the 2017 season, but things haven’t played out that way. Tampa Bay started well enough, with victories against the Bears and Giants in its first three games after its scheduled opener against the Dolphins was postponed because of Hurricane Irma, but things went south after that. A five-point Thursday night loss against the New England Patriots started a five-game slide that ended last Sunday against the Jets. Starting quarterback Jameis Winston sustained a shoulder injury during the losing streak, and it was veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick leading the offense against the Jets. Running back Doug Martin leads the team in rushing after missing the first four games because of a league suspension, but he’s averaging only 3.3 yards per carry. Former Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes leads the defense with two interceptions, including one against the Jets last weekend.

KEY NEW FACES: TE O.J. Howard (draft-1st round), Justin Evans (draft-2nd), LB Kendell Beckwith (draft-3rd), DT Chris Baker (Washington), QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (N.Y. Jets), WR DeSean Jackson (Washington), CB Robert McClain (Chargers), K Patrick Murray (Cleveland)
KEY VETERANS GONE: DE Noah Spence (IR), CB Alterraun Verner, QB Mike Glennon, LB Daryl Smith, K Roberto Aguayo, TE Brandon Myers, K Nick Folk (IR)

FINAL INJURY REPORT


Miami Dolphins

Questionable — DE William Hayes (knee), RB Senorise Perry (knee), WR Kenny Stills (back), S Michael Thomas (knee)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Out — DE William Gholston (neck), CB Vernon Hargreaves (hamstring), QB Jameis Winston (right shoulder)

Game Pass: Miami Dolphins