Countdown To Kickoff | Dolphins vs. Chargers

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Miami Dolphins (0-3) vs. Los Angeles Chargers (1-2)

Game Facts

DATE: Sunday, Sept. 29

TIME: 1 p.m. ET

SITE: Hard Rock Stadium; Miami Gardens, Fla.

TV: CBS

TV ANNOUNCERS: Tom McCarthy, play-by-play; Jay Feely, color analyst

WATCHING ONLINE: This season, fans will be able to watch games for FREE online with Yahoo! Sports through Dolphins.com on mobile web and the Dolphins app as long as the user is within the CBS broadcast radius. Links to watch will be available at the start of the game on both platforms. The NFL app also offers free streams for viewers in the local market.

DOLPHINS RADIO NETWORK: KISS (99.9 FM); WQAM (560 AM); WQBA (1140 AM-Spanish)

RADIO VOICES: English broadcast — Jimmy Cefalo, Bob Griese, Joe Rose; Spanish broadcast — Roly Martin, Eduardo Martell

The Series

SERIES RECORD: Dolphins lead 18-15 (including playoffs)

AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 10-4

AT SAN DIEGO: Chargers lead 11-6

AT LOS ANGELES: Dolphins lead 1-0

AT TEMPE, AZ: Dolphins lead 1-0

LAST MEETING: 2017 at Los Angeles; Dolphins 19, Chargers 17

HISTORY LESSON: In the teams' last meeting in Miami, the Dolphins recorded their most lopsided victory in the series with a 37-0 shutout Nov. 2, 2014. It's the only time Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has been shut out in his career. Click here to read more Matchup Memories.

SERIES TREND: The Dolphins have won four of the past five meetings overall and have defeated the Chargers the last seven times the teams have faced each other in Miami. The Chargers' last victory in Miami came in the classic 1981 playoff game at the Orange Bowl.

Scouting Report

LOS ANGELES' RECORD: 1-2

LAST GAME: Lost vs. Houston 27-20

OVERVIEW: After tying New England and Kansas City for the best record in the AFC in 2018 at 12-4, the Los Angeles Chargers entered this season with high hopes but have gotten off to a slow start thanks to some key injuries, the inability to hold on to double-digit leads the past two weeks against the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans, and the holdout of two-time Pro Bowl running back Melvin Gordon, who reported to the team Thursday but might not be ready to play this weekend. Before the season even started, the Chargers lost safety Derwin James, who made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2018, and then also have had to play without starting left tackle Russell Okung, tight end Hunter Henry and James' replacement, Adrian Phillips. In addition, the Chargers used punter Ty Long to kick field goals and extra points in their first two games because kicker Michael Badgley was out with a groin injury. Running back Austin Ekeler was highly productive as a dual threat in Gordon's absence in the first games of the regular season, though he had a costly fumble at the goal line in a Week 2 13-10 loss against the Detroit Lions. The key to the offense, however, remains quarterback Philip Rivers, who's back for a 16th season in the NFL. Wide receiver Keenan Allen leads the league in catches, receiving yards and targets. The Chargers defense, even without James, has plenty of talent. The biggest names are up front, more specifically the defensive end bookend tandem of Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa, the son of former Dolphins first-round pick John Bosa. The most notable newcomer on the Chargers defense is linebacker Thomas Davis, the longtime member of the Carolina Panthers. The Chargers also used their top two picks on defense, selecting Notre Dame defensive tackle Jerry Tillery in Round 1 and Delaware safety Nasir Adderley in the second round. Anthony Lynn is back for his third season as Chargers head coach. He previously served as assistant head coach for the New York Jets (2013-14) and interim head coach of the Buffalo Bills (2016).

Final Injury Report

Table inside Article
Miami Dolphins Out Doubtful Questionable
WR Allen Hurns (concussion) G/T Jesse Davis (elbow)
CB Jomal Wiltz (groin) LB Trent Harris (foot)
S Reshad Jones (ankle)
S Bobby McCain (hamstring/shoulder)
WR Albert Wilson (hip/calf)
Table inside Article
Los Angeles Chargers Out Doubtful Questionable
K Michael Badgley (groin) WR Travis Benjamin (hip) CB Casey Hayward (back)
TE Virgil Green (groin) LB Due Tranquill (ankle)
TE Hunter Henry (knee)
RB Justin Jackson (calf)
WR Mike Williams (back)

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