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A swarming defense has been at the center of Miami's three-game winning streak, but the Dolphins will face a stern test in the returning Calvin Johnson and the host Detroit Lions on Sunday. Miami forced four turnovers en route to registering its first shutout in eight years last week and most dominating victory in two decades with a thorough 37-0 rout of San Diego. Ryan Tannehill threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns and eclipsed 46 yards rushing for the fourth straight week before calling it a day after three quarters against the Chargers.

"We're just tapping our potential," Tannehill said. "But words are cheap. You've got to go out and do it every week." Detroit has been doing just that during its three-game winning streak, highlighted by rallying from a 21-point deficit to stun Atlanta in London on Oct. 26. Golden Tate has more than held his own with Johnson sidelined with an ankle injury, following up his 10-catch, career-high 154-yard performance versus New Orleans on Oct. 19 by recording 151 yards receiving in the team's 22-21 triumph over the Falcons.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Lions -2.5. O/U: 43.5

ABOUT THE DOLPHINS (5-3): Cornerback Brent Grimes followed up his interception for a touchdown against Jacksonville on Oct. 26 by twice picking off Philip Rivers to secure AFC Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. Safety Louis Delmas, who played five seasons with the Lions, received the same honor two weeks prior, but knows precisely what to expect in trying to contain Johnson. "Throughout practice, but I pretty much lost every one," Delmas said of his previous encounters with Johnson. "He's a heck of a player. He's one of the more talented players I've ever faced. ... We've just got to go out there and play our game, and hopefully the best man wins."

ABOUT THE LIONS (6-2): Former Dolphin Reggie Bush, who has missed two of the past three contests with a sprained ankle, feels Johnson's return could also ignite Detroit's 31st-ranked rushing attack (79.6 yards per game). "He's a running back's best friend," Bush said. "Having him out there, even if he's just a decoy, it's great for the run game. I think that's going to have an (impact)." Matthew Stafford's 325 yards versus Atlanta were his most since a 346-yard performance in a season-opening victory over the New York Giants on Sept. 8.


1. Detroit has yielded the fewest total yards (290.4) and points allowed per game (15.8) while ranking second against the run (74.0).

2. Miami DE Cameron Wake has recorded 4 1/2 sacks in his last four contests.

3. Johnson reeled in four receptions for 52 yards in the last meeting, but Shaun Hill was in at quarterback during Detroit's 34-27 win on Dec. 26, 2010.

PREDICTION: Lions 28, Dolphins 13

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Last Injuries

Detroit Lions

  • C.J. Moore

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Moore was held out of the last game due to a calf injury, and it is uncertain if he will be active Sunday versus the Saints.

  • Desmond Trufant

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Trufant has sat out the previous two games with a hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will draw back into the lineup Sunday against the Saints.

  • Hunter Bryant

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Bryant has missed the past three game due to a hamstring injury, and it is unclear if he will make his season debut against the Saints on Sunday.

  • Nick Williams

    Prob Sun | probable

    Williams was held out of the last game due to a shoulder injury, but he is projected to be in the lineup Sunday versus the Cardinals.

  • Halapoulivaati Vaitai

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Vaitai has missed the past two games with a foot injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be on the field against the Cardinals on Sunday.

  • Kenny Golladay

    Prob Sun | probable

    Golladay has been unavailable for the previous two games due to a hamstring injury, but he is expected to make his season debut Sunday against the Cardinals.

  • Joe Dahl

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Dahl has wound up on the injured reserve list due to a groin injury, and there is no indication when he will return to the fold.

  • Darryl Roberts

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Roberts has a calf injury, and it is uncertain if he will play Sunday versus the Packers.

Miami Dolphins

  • Clayton Fejedelem

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Fejedelem has missed the past three games due to a pectoral injury, and it is unclear if he will make his season debut Sunday against the Seahawks.

  • Tua Tagovailoa

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Tagovailoa is suffering from an unspecified illness, and it remains to be seen if he will be available for Sunday's battle with the Seahawks.

  • Byron Jones

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jones sat out the previous game due to a groin injury, and it is unknown if he will be active Sunday versus the Seahawks.

  • Xavien Howard

    Prob Thurs | probable

    Howard has a knee injury, but he is expected to play Thursday versus the Jaguars.

  • Shaq Lawson

    Prob Thurs | probable

    Lawson is nursing a hip injury, but he is likely to be available against the Jaguars on Thursday.

  • Elandon Roberts

    Prob Thurs | probable

    Roberts missed the last game due to a concussion, but he is likely to be cleared in time for Thursday's contest versus the Jaguars.

  • DeVante Parker

    Prob Thurs | probable

    Parker is dealing with a hamstring injury, but it is projected that he will suit up against the Jaguars on Thursday.

  • Antonio Callaway

    Elig Week 8 | out

    Callaway has been handed a fourteen-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He will be eligible to return Week 8 against the Rams.