MIAMI DOLPHINS (3-0) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (3-0)
DATE: Monday, Sept. 30, 2013
TIME: 8:40 p.m. ET
SITE: Louisiana Superdome
TV ANNOUNCERS: Mike Tirico, play-by-play; Jon Gruden, analysis; Lisa Salter, sideline
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One (Kevin Harlan, play-by-play; Dan Fouts, analysis; Darren Sharper, sideline)
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 6-4
AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 3-1
AT NEW ORLEANS: Saints lead 3-2
AT BATON ROUTE: Dolphins lead 1-0
LAST MEETING: 2009 at Miami; Saints 46, Dolphins 34
HISTORY LESSON: One of the Dolphins’ two victories at the Superdome came in 1986 when Miami built a 31-10 halftime lead and then held on. Saints running back Rueben Mayes had a huge game, rushing for 203 yards — tied for most ever against Miami with O.J. Simpson’s 203-yard effort in 1976. Mayes actually had the record before his last carry, which came on third-and-goal from the Miami 4-yard line with under a minute left. Mayes was dropped for a 4-yard loss by cornerback William Judson on the play before a fourth-down pass fell incomplete in the end zone to clinch the Dolphins victory.
SERIES TREND: The Dolphins and Saints haven’t produced many close contests, with only three of the first 10 meetings decided by less than 10 points. The Dolphins generally haven’t had many problems scoring against New Orleans, with eight games with at least 21 points.
SAINTS’ RECORD: 3-0
LAST GAME: Won vs. Arizona, 31-7
OVERVIEW: After the nightmare that was the 2012 season, the Saints have wasted little time this year re-establishing themselves as one of the elite teams in the NFL. With Sean Payton back on the sidelines as the Saints’ head coach, New Orleans started off with a nail-biting victory over NFC South rival Atlanta before rallying for a last-second victory at Tampa Bay and then routing the Cardinals at home.
KEY NEW FACES: S Kenny Vaccaro (draft-1st round), T Terron Armstead (draft-3rd), NT John Jenkins (draft-3rd), QB Luke McCown (Atlanta), WR Robert Meachem (San Diego), CB Keenan Lewis (Pittsburgh), TE Benjamin Watson (Cleveland), LB Parys Haralson (San Francisco)
KEY VETERANS GONE: OLB Will Smith (injured reserve), WR Joseph Morgan (IR), LB Jonathan Vilma (IR-designated for return), CB Patrick Robinson (IR), WR Courtney Roby (released), RB Chris Ivory (N.Y. Jets), TE David Thomas (released), CB Johnny Patrick (released), WR Devery Henderson