DOLPHINS (8-4) at CHARGEURS (6-6)
To start up: 8:25 p.m., Sunday, SoFi Stadium
TV: NBC (Chs. 6 at Miami-Dade, Broward; 5 at Palm Beach); RADIO: Westwood One, WQAM (560 AM), KISS (99.9 FM), WQBA (1140 AM, Spanish)
Coaches: Dolphins’ Mike McDaniel is 8-4 in his first season as head coach; Brandon Staley is 15-14 in his second season as head coach overall and with the Chargers.
Series: The Dolphins lead the all-time series with the Chargers, 19-16, including the playoffs, and have won 12 of the last 16 meetings.
Time: 53 degrees, 65% humidity, winds 11 km/h, 9% chance of precipitation.
Line: The Dolphins are favorites at 3 1/2 points; the plus/minus is 53 1/2.
Injuries: Dolphins — Uncertain: WR River Cracraft (calf); Questionable: OT Terron Armstead (chest/toe), QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee), TE Durham Smythe (quads/knee), DT Justin Zimmer (back); Reserve roster/PUP: CB Byron Jones (lower leg); Reserve injured: OL Austin Jackson (ankle), DE Emmanuel Ogbah (triceps), S Brandon Jones (knee), OL Liam Eichenberg (knee), CB Nik Needham (Achilles), DE Trey Flowers (foot), TE Cethan Carter (concussion cerebral), CB Trill Williams (knee), TE Adam Shaheen (knee), FB John Lovett; Chargers — Uncertain: S Derwin James Jr. (quadriceps), CB Bryce Callahan (groin), DL Sebastian Joseph-Day (knee), OT Trey Pipkins III (knee); Questionable: TE Richard Rodgers (knee); Reserve injured: OLB Joey Bosa (groin), CB JC Jackson (knee), OT Rashawn Slater (biceps) among 13 players on IR.
Outstanding: The Dolphins are looking to rebound after their five-game winning streak was snapped by a 33-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. They spent the week in California with back-to-back road games on the West Coast. …
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa also needs to bounce back from his worst performance since returning from a concussion with two interceptions and several more errant passes against the 49ers. The comparison between him and Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert will be in full force in prime time after the two third-year flaggers were picked over each other in the 2020 NFL Draft. …
Miami can look to capitalize on a Chargers defense that ranks 30th in scoring, 26th in total defense, 29th in rushing defense, 19th in passing defense, 25th in third down defense and is likely to be on three other key defensemen beyond outside linebacker Joey Bosa and cornerback JC Jackson. …
Two of Miami’s leading defensemen, Melvin Ingram and Jaelan Phillips, have ties to Southern California, with Ingram spending nine seasons as a San Diego/LA Charger and Phillips growing up in the area and attending UCLA, where the Dolphins are are trained during the week. …
While outside linebacker Bosa is on injured reserve, the Chargers have fellow former St. Thomas cornerback Aquin Asante Samuel Jr. and former American Heritage standout running back Sony Michel on the list. Former Dolphins outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy plays for Los Angeles.