Preview: Dolphins at Cardinals

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THE STORY: The Arizona Cardinals attempt to remain undefeated as they host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Arizona is one of only three teams with a perfect record after three weeks, joining Houston and Atlanta. The Cardinals have not begun a season with four straight victories since 1974, when they still were located in St. Louis. Miami is coming off an overtime loss at home to the New York Jets. Dan Carpenter missed a 48-yard field goal in the extra session before New York booted a 33-yarder to win. The Dolphins and Cardinals are meeting for only the 11th time, with Arizona winning the last two matchups after losing the first eight. The Cardinals rolled to a 31-10 victory on Sept. 14, 2008 in the most recent meeting.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Cardinals -5.5, O/U 39.

ABOUT THE DOLPHINS (1-2): Running back Reggie Bush is questionable after suffering a sprained ligament in his left knee last week against the Jets. Bush, who underwent an MRI that revealed no structural damage, is averaging 6.0 yards per carry. Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill is last in the league after three weeks with a 58.3 passer rating. Defensive end Cameron Wake is two sacks away from becoming the seventh member of the Dolphins to reach the 30-sack plateau.

ABOUT THE CARDINALS (3-0): Arizona may have some reinforcement for Sunday as safety Adrian Wilson and tight end Todd Heap could return from injuries. Wilson missed last week's victory over Philadelphia with an ankle injury while Heap sat out with a bad knee. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week after hauling in nine passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals have won seven consecutive home games, two shy of the franchise record set in 1925, when the club called Chicago home.


1. The Cardinals are tied for second in the league with 12 sacks and have recorded at least two in an NFL-best nine consecutive games.

2. With 205 receiving yards, Fitzgerald will become the second player ever to surpass 10,000 yards before the age of 30, joining Randy Moss.

3. Arizona has won 10 of its last 12 games, with four triumphs coming in overtime and five more being decided by less than five points.

PREDICTION: Cardinals 27, Dolphins 17.

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Last Injuries

Arizona Cardinals

  • Jalen Thompson

    day-to-day | I-R

    Thompson has been designated for the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list due to an ankle injury. It is unknown if he will be activated in time for Week 9 versus the Dolphins.

  • Jordan Phillips

    day-to-day | questionable

    Phillips was lifted from the last game with a a hamstring injury. It is undetermined if he will be active Week 9 against the Dolphins.

  • Jordan Hicks

    day-to-day | questionable

    Hicks is dealing with an unspecified ailment, and it remains to be seen if he will take the field against the Dolphins in Week 9.

  • Kenyan Drake

    Out indefinitely | out

    Kenyan is sidelined with a slight tear of a ligament in his ankle, and a timetable for recovery has yet to be established.

  • Zach Allen

    day-to-day | questionable

    Allen was forced from the previous contest with a leg injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Dolphins in Week 9.

  • Jordan Phillips

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Phillips is nursing a foot injury, and it is uncertain if he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the Seahawks.

  • Dennis Gardeck

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Gardeck is battling a foot injury, and it is undetermined if he will face the Seahawks on Sunday.

  • DeAndre Hopkins

    Prob Sun | probable

    Hopkins is dealing with an ankle injury, but he is likely to be available against the Seahawks on Sunday.

Miami Dolphins

  • Davon Godchaux

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Godchaux has ended up on the injured reserve list after undergoing surgery to repair a torn biceps, and he will miss an extended period.

  • Raekwon Davis

    Ques Week 8 | questionable

    Davis departed the last game with a shoulder injury, and it is undetermined if he will take the field against the Rams in Week 8.

  • Kamu Grugier-Hill

    Ques Week 8 | questionable

    Grugier-Hill was lifted from the previous contest with a hand injury, and it remains to be seen if he will face the Rams in Week 8.

  • Malcolm Perry

    Ques Week 8 | questionable

    Perry has sat out the last two games with an illness, and it remains to be seen if he will take part in Week 8 versus the Rams.

  • DeVante Parker

    Ques Week 8 | questionable

    Parker sustained a groin injury in the previous game, and it has yet to be established if he will line up against the Rams in Week 8.

  • Kyle Van Noy

    Ques Week 8 | questionable

    Van Noy missed the previous game with groin and foot injuries, and it is unclear if he will be active versus the Rams in Week 8.

  • Andrew Van Ginkel

    Ques Week 8 | questionable

    Van Ginkel was forced from the last game due to a concussion. It is unclear if he will suit up against the Rams in Week 8.

  • Durham Smythe

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Smythe missed the last contest with a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will be available against the Jets on Sunday.