The Miami Dolphins appeared well on their way to another washout season before a stunning turnaround that has put them on the periphery of postseason contention. The Dolphins look to run their winning streak to six games Sunday as they host the San Francisco 49ers, who own the second-worst record in the NFL.
Miami has moved within two games of first-place New England in the AFC East and is one behind Kansas City and Denver for the second wild card, but coach Adam Gase is not focusing on the playoff chase. "We're so far away still," Gase told reporters one day after his team rallied for a 14-10 road win over the Los Angeles Rams. "It's not even worth it to me to look at it." San Francisco has dropped a franchise record-tying nine in a row since a season-opening 28-0 win over the Rams. Although seven of the nine losses have been by double digits, the 49ers did turn in a strong effort in their last road game, losing at Arizona on a last-second field goal in Week 10.
TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Dolphins -7.5. O/U: 44.5
ABOUT THE 49ers (1-9): San Francisco already owns the worst defense in the league, giving up 31.3 points and 431.1 yards per game, and continues to be ravaged by season-ending injuries. The latest was to safety Eric Reid, who suffered a biceps tear in last week's loss to New England to join linebacker NaVorro Bowman - the NFL's leading tackler last season - and 2015 first-round draft pick Arik Armstead on the shelf. While speedster Torrey Smith missed his first career game last week, tight end Vance McDonald continues to emerge as one of Colin Kaepernick's trusted receivers with six targets in each of the last four games. Running back Carlos Hyde is coming off one of his best games of the season with 86 yards on 19 carries.
ABOUT THE DOLPHINS (6-4): With the 49ers yielding 179.5 rushing yards per game, logic dictates that Miami feature a heavy dose of Jay Ajayi, who had back-to-back 200-yard games last month and is averaging 5.6 yards per carry. However, the Dolphins could be without three starters along the offensive line as left tackle Branden Albert, first-round draft pick Laremy Tunsil and center Mike Pouncey all are dealing with injuries. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the offense were dreadful for most of last week's victory with nine punts and an interception on the first 10 possessions before he connected on a pair of late TD passes to wideouts Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker. Miami's run defense ranks 30th at 126.1 yards per game.
1. Parker, Miami's first-round pick in 2015, has made 13 catches for 182 yards and a TD in his last two games.
2. 49ers CB Jimmie Ward is in the NFL's concussion protocol.
3. The Dolphins have come from behind in the fourth quarter in each of their last four contests.
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- IllnessQues 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.
- GroinQues 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.
- PectoralQues 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.
- KneeProb Thurs | probable
Howard has a knee injury, but he is expected to play Thursday versus the Jaguars.
- HipProb Thurs | probable
Lawson is nursing a hip injury, but he is likely to be available against the Jaguars on Thursday.
- ConcussionProb 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.
- HamstringProb Thurs | probable
Parker is dealing with a hamstring injury, but it is projected that he will suit up against the Jaguars on Thursday.
- SuspensionElig 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.
San Francisco 49ers
- QuadricepQues Sun | questionable
Nzeocha was taken out of the previous game due to a quad injury, and it is up in the air if he will suit up against the Eagles on Sunday.
- HamstringQues Sun | questionable
Witherspoon missed the last game with a hamstring injury, and it is up in the air if he will be active Sunday versus the Eagles.
- FootOut indefinitely | I-R
Samuel has ended up on the injured reserve list recovering from surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his foot. Although he is targeting a return against the Dolphins in Week 5, it is unknown when the team will activate him.
- KneeOut indefinitely | I-R
Reed has been added to the injured reserve list due to a sprained MCL in his left knee. It is uncertain when the team will activate him.
- ConcussionQues Sun | questionable
Moseley departed the previous game due to a concussion, and it has yet to be established if he will be cleared in time for Sunday's contest versus the Eagles.
- RibsQues Sun | questionable
McKinnon has injured ribs, and there is no indication if it will keep him out of the lineup Sunday versus the Eagles.
- KneeProb Sun | probable
Kittle has missed the past two games due to a knee sprain, but it is expected that he will return Sunday versus the Eagles.
- KneeQues Sun | questionable
Mostert sat out the previous game with a mild sprain of the MCL in his knee, and it is unknown if he will play against the Eagles on Sunday.