Chargers vs. Dolphins: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis for Sunday's Game

Cameron WardContributor IIIOctober 2, 2011

SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 27:  Justin Smiley #65 of the Miami Dolphins is seen on the ground as teammate Greg Camarillo #83 dives over after Smiley recovered the fumble from teammate Ronnie Brown out of bounds in the end zone during first quarter of the NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium on September 27, 2009 in San Diego, California.  Smiley recovered the ball out of the bounds for a turning the ball over to the Chargers.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Final Score: Dolphins - 16 Chargers - 26

The winless Miami Dolphins will be facing the 2-1 San Diego Chargers this Sunday afternoon in sunny San Diego, California. The game, which is blacked out to all those in the San Diego area, will be the Chargers last game before their bye week. The Chargers will look to put things together after three shaky performances to start the season; the winless Dolphins should be a good place to start.

The Dolphins, who have traveled across the country in search of their first win, are still trying to figure out their own team dynamic. While Chad Henne has been a pleasant surprise, the Dolphins have struggled on defense to start the season and will need to pick it up against an explosive Chargers' offense.

Keys of the Game:

Chargers - The Bolts must find a way to get that high flying pass offense on track. So far this season, Philip Rivers has thrown two interception in each game and has looked confused in the pocket. This is a main reason that the Chargers have stayed close, or trailed, early in ball games. It is important that Rivers gets off to an early start because the very capable Chad Henne can go throw for throw with Rivers and keep this game close.

Dolphins - The Fins must find a way to control the ball and keep it out of Rivers hands. This an be done by orchestrating long drives by pounding the ball on the ground. The Chargers are lacking on the defensive front due to injuries, so it would be advantageous of the Dolphins to exploit this through the running game. Also, Brandon Marshall, who is very familiar with this Chargers team from his days in Denver, will look to make an immediate impact deep down the field.

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