Pregame warmup: It’s going to be a hot one

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 12, 2014 – 10:48 am

MIAMI — There are a few clouds in the sky, but rain is looking less and less likely at Sun Life Stadium today, with temperatures expected to be in the mid-80s.

It’s going to be a hot one.

Winds are around 10 mph and the humidity is between 60-70 percent. The small chances of rain predicted earlier in the week are still in the forecast, but are projected for the evening, not the afternoon.

As they did eight years ago in their last visit to Miami, the Packers are wearing their green jerseys today while the Dolphins will be wearing their whites.

For a look back at that Packers-Dolphins game from 2006 and how it might relate to what happens today, click here.

Injury update: Packers DE Datone Jones (ankle) is inactive today, and he will be replaced in the starting lineup by DE Josh Boyd, who returned to practice this week after missing some time with a knee injury.

WR Jarrett Boykin (groin) remains out for the Packers, while WR Kevin Dorsey is active for the first time in his pro career. The Packers have five WRs active today — Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Jeff Janis and Dorsey.

For the Dolphins, RB Knowshon Moreno is active after missing time due to an elbow injury, and Pro Bowl C Mike Pouncey is also back in the starting lineup, but he will be at guard.

Moreno and Lamar Miller are both averaging at least 5.0 yards per carry this season for the Dolphins, who have one of the league’s top running games.

In the NFC North: All four teams in the division are within one game of each other heading into today’s games. The Packers and Lions are tied atop the division at 3-2, while the Bears and Vikings are one game back at 2-3.

If they Packers win, they would end the day no worse than tied for first, depending on what the Lions do in Minnesota. WR Calvin Johnson and RB Reggie Bush are both inactive today for Detroit. Chicago plays at Atlanta later Sunday afternoon. It’s possible the day could end with all four teams tied for first. For that to happen, the Packers would have to lose while the Vikings and Bears both win.

TV map: Here’s a look at the portions of the country that will get the Packers-Dolphins broadcast on their local FOX affiliates.

Map courtesy of 506sports.com

 


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