This is likely the final tuneup for most of the first-string players for both squads, as they are traditionally given a rest for the fourth and final exhibition game.
Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about where to watch this game, who to keep an eye on and a prediction for the final score.
Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Fla.
When: Friday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Listen: NFL Audio Pass
Betting Line: Falcons -3, Over/Under 41 (via ScoresAndOdds.com)
What’s At Stake?
Who will win?
While nothing is for keeps during preseason, the positional battles and depth choices that are made during this time period will impact how a team performs during the 2012 campaign.
Keep a watch on how the second-stringers and beyond do once the coaches pull their starters. Whoever performs great might just be a player to monitor during the regular season.
Falcons Key Injuries (via CBSSports.com)
LB Akeem Dent—Head—QST
DL Corey Peters—Foot—OUT
LB Lofa Tatupu—Chest—OUT
Dolphins Key Injuries (via CBSSports.com)
LB Karlos Dansby—Knee—QST
QB David Garrard—Knee—DBT
WR Briant Hartline—Calf—QST
DL Cameron Wake—Back—QST
RB Jonas Gray—Undisclosed—?
What They’re Saying
Omar Kelly of the Miami Sun-Sentinel raised the question, "Are the Dolphins neglecting the running game this preseason?”
Miami coach Joe Philbin agrees but told the reporter that he’s saving their best running plays for the regular season and feels that he has a lot of depth at the RB position:
"We like the group that we have," Philbin said when asked about his stable of tailbacks, which features Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas, Lamar Miller and Steve Slaton. "You could argue maybe that our running back, our ball carrier position, might be as deep a position as we have on the team. There's some real quality there."
Falcons Player to Watch: Cornerbacks
This goes for the trio of Brent Grimes, Dunta Robinson and Asante Samuel. All three are elite, Pro Bowl-caliber corners when they are playing their best.
It’s a luxury that coach Mike Smith is fortunate to have, but it will be hard to figure out who will be the two starters and who will come in off the bench for packages.
Keep an eye on these three guys, as the one who performs the worst in preseason is likely to get relegated.
Dolphins Player to Watch: Ryan Tannehill
Now that coach Philbin has named the first-round draft pick the certain Week 1 starter, it will be interesting to see if he loosens up a bit.
Tannehill has a lot of raw talent, but he’s got a long way to go before he becomes an elite starter in this league. Another good preseason outing should help him feel more comfortable going into the opening week.
Prediction: Dolphins 21, Falcons 17