Miami (12-5) at Oakland (12-4)

January 06, 2001

Time: 4 p.m., chs. 13, 9.

Line: Raiders by 9.

Vs. spread: Dolphins 11-5; Raiders 11-5.

Vs. common opponents: Dolphins 3-3; Raiders 5-1.

Series: Raiders lead 17-9-1.

Last meeting: Dolphins won, 16-9, on Oct. 31, 1999, at Oakland.

Postseason records: Dolphins 20-17; Raiders 21-15.

Outlook: What happened against the Colts last week does not bode well for Miami. The Dolphins needed a 40-carry, 209-yard game by RB Lamar Smith against a weak Colts defense to win in overtime. Oakland's defense isn't great, but it's solid and better than the Colts'. The Raiders are excellent at home, winning nine of their past 10 games. Oakland also has better overall talent, and though there have been exceptions, the better QB usually prevails in the playoffs. The Raiders' Rich Gannon is the better of the two starters in this game. His 92.4 QB rating is third in the AFC, and he uses his weapons well. RB Tyrone Wheatley healed his bruised body during the bye week, so he will be running hard. WR Tim Brown plays well in postseason, with 17 catches and two TDs in five career games.

Notable: Smith has 13 TD runs in his past 10 games. ... Raiders had fewest turnovers in the AFC (20).

Injuries:

DOLPHINS: Questionable: WR Leslie Shepherd (knee). Probable: G Mark Dixon (shoulder); RB Rob Konrad (back); WR Jeff Ogden (ribs); RB Lamar Smith (ankle); S Brian Walker (ribs).

RAIDERS: Questionable: WR David Dunn (ankle); RB Napoleon Kaufman (knee); RB Jon Ritchie (ankle). Probable: WR Tim Brown (knee); DE Tony Bryant (shoulder); S Anthony Dorsett (calf); TE Rickey Dudley (ribs); CB Darrien Gordon (toe); DT Grady Jackson (shoulder); RB Randy Jordan (toe); WR Jerry Porter (ankle); DE Josh Taves (knee); DE Regan Upshaw (ankle).

NFL rankings:

OFFENSE DEFENSE

Total Rush Pass Total Rush Pass

Miami 26 14 27 6 14 5

Oakland 6 1 15 17 5 25

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