Countdown To Kickoff: Dolphins - Panthers

Breaking down the Dolphins-Panthers matchup.

MIAMI DOLPHINS (4-4) vs. CAROLINA PANTHERS (6-3)

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GAME FACTS

DATE: Monday, Nov. 13
TIME: 8:30 p.m. ET
SITE: Bank of America Stadium; Charlotte, N.C.
TV: ESPN
TV ANNOUNCERS: Sean McDonough, play-by-play; Jon Gruden, color analyst; Lisa Salters, sideline
DOLPHINS RADIO NETWORK: KISS (99.9 FM); WQAM (560 AM); WQBA (1140 AM-Spanish)
RADIO VOICES: English broadcast — Jimmy Cefalo, Bob Griese, Joe Rose, Kim Bokamper; Spanish broadcast — Raul Striker Jr., Eduardo Martell

THE SERIES

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SERIES RECORD: Miami leads 4-1
AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 2-0
AT CAROLINA: Dolphins lead 2-1
LAST MEETING: 2013 at Miami; Panthers 20, Dolphins 16
SERIES TREND: This has been a series of close games, with four of the five meetings decided by seven points or less. Two of the five games were decided in the final minutes, the Dolphins' 27-24 victory in 2005 and the Panthers' victory in 2013.
HISTORY LESSON: The Dolphins have faced the Panthers once in prime time, that coming in the 2009 season. In a performance that would earn him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors, running back Ricky Williams scored all three Miami touchdowns to lead the Dolphins to a 24-17 victory in a Thursday night game. Williams capped his 119-yard rushing performance with a 46-yard touchdown with 3:55 left.

SCOUTING REPORT

CAROLINA'S RECORD: 6-3
LAST GAME: Won 20-17 vs. Atlanta

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OVERVIEW: The Panthers appear headed for a return to the playoffs after missing the postseason last season following their Super Bowl run of 2015. Defense has keyed Carolina's success, with the Panthers allowing three points in three different victories. Two of those came in the first two weeks of the regular season, against San Francisco and Buffalo. Carolina is ranked first in the NFL in total defense. Veteran Julius Peppers leads the team with 7.5 sacks and Mario Addison has 6.5. Quarterback Cam Newton has had an up-and-down season. Rookie first-round pick Christian McCaffrey leads the Panthers with 54 receptions, 16 more than wide receiver Devin Funchess.

KEY NEW FACES: RB Christian McCaffrey (draft-1st round), WR Curtis Samuel (draft-2nd), T Taylor Moton (draft-2nd), DE Julius Peppers (Green Bay), S Mike Adams (Indianapolis), S Jairus Byrd, T Matt Kalil (Minnesota)

KEY VETERANS GONE: WR Kelvin Benjamin, TE Greg Olsen (IR), WR Charles Johnson (IR), FB Mike Tolbert, WR Ted Ginn Jr., WR Corey Brown, DE Kony Ealy, T Mike Remmers, S Tre Boston

FINAL INJURY REPORT

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Miami Dolphins
Questionable — WR Jakeem Grant (illness), LB Mike Hull (shoulder/ankle), G Ted Larsen (biceps), CB Bobby McCain (hamstring), S Michael Thomas (knee), RB Damien Williams (illness)

Carolina Panthers
Out — C Ryan Kalil (neck)

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