DOLPHINS (8-6) vs. PACKERS (6-8)
Kickoff: 1 p.m., Sunday, Hard Rock Stadium
TV: Fox (Chs. 7 in Miami-Dade, Broward; 29 in Palm Beach); RADIO: Westwood One, WQAM (560 AM), KISS (99.9 FM), WQBA (1140 AM, Spanish)
Coaches: The Dolphins’ Mike McDaniel is 8-6 in his first season as a head coach; Matt LaFleur is 47-21, including playoffs, in his fourth head coaching season overall and leading the Packers.
Series: The Dolphins lead the all-time series with the Packers, 10-5. Miami won the first eight meetings, and Green Bay has taken four of the last five with the Dolphins’ last win against the Packers coming in 2010, an overtime victory at Lambeau Field. Miami’s last home win over Green Bay came in 2000.
Weather: 54 degrees, 39 percent humidity, 10 mph winds, 8 percent chance of precipitation.
Line: The Dolphins are 3 1/2-point favorites; the over/under is 49 1/2.
Injuries: Dolphins — Doubtful: WR River Cracraft (calf), OT Eric Fisher (calf); Questionable: OT Terron Armstead (pectoral/toe/knee), LB Bradley Chubb (knee), LB Jaelan Phillips (toe), RB Jeff Wilson Jr. (hip), S Eric Rowe (hamstring), RB Myles Gaskin (illness); Reserve/PUP list: CB Byron Jones (lower leg); Injured reserve: 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), CB Trill Williams (knee), TE Adam Shaheen (knee), FB John Lovett; Packers — Doubtful: OT David Bakhtiari (knee/abdomen); Injured reserve: OLB Rashan Gary (knee) among five players on IR.
Noteworthy: The Dolphins-Packers game is one of three games played Sunday on Christmas Day with the NFL moving most of its Week 16 slate up to Saturday. It marks the third consecutive week Miami is in a nationally televised game. …
The Dolphins can inch closer to clinching a playoff berth. A win puts them in position where a Week 17 victory at New England seals their postseason fate. …
Miami looks to snap a three-game losing streak in a return home after all three losses were on the road. Green Bay is vying to keep slim playoff hopes alive. …
McDaniel and LaFleur crossed paths as NFL assistants in Washington, Atlanta and Houston before they go against each other for the first time with both the head coach of their teams. …
The Packers have South Florida connections with punter Pat O’Donnell (UM, Palm Beach Central High), defensive lineman Jonathan Ford (UM, Dillard High), linebacker Jonathan Garvin (UM, Lake Worth High), cornerback Shemar Jean-Charles (Miramar High) and defensive tackle T.J. Slaton, who was coached at American Heritage High by former Dolphins cornerback and current defensive assistant Patrick Surtain. …
Dolphins with Wisconsin roots include three players out of University of Wisconsin in linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel, offensive lineman Michael Deiter and fullback Alec Ingold, who also grew up in Green Bay. Quarterbacks coach Darrell Bevell is also a former Badger. Offensive coordinator Frank Smith is from Milwaukee, and running backs coach Eric Studesville is from Madison and a Wisconsin-Whitewater alum.
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