2014 Miami Dolphins Preseason Kick-off-What to look for:
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is heading into his third, and perhaps determining year. How he does this year could determine once and for all whether he is the Fins' franchise QB or just another guy to run the offense since the retiring of Number 13. He's 15-17 in his first two seasons at the helm and learning a new offense.
By most accounts, the quarterback has been inconsistent in training camp over the past week, though there have been many starters sitting out. Tannehill is not expected to play more than two or three series in this first preseason game.
It will be interesting to see how new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor changes things up for the offense. He came over after a stint with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Because starters don't spent too much time playing in the first preseason game, there isn't a whole lot more to watch for.
You can listen to the game live on RealRadio 94.3 & 104.1.
DATE: Friday, Aug. 8
TIME: 7 p.m. ET
SITE: Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.
TV: In Miami-Fort Lauderdale, WFOR-TV (CBS 4); in Fort Myers, WBBH-TV (Channel 2); in West Palm Beach, WTVX-TV (Channel 34) and WWHB (Channel 48, Spanish); in Orlando, WRDQ (Channel 27)
TV ANNOUNCERS:(Dick Stockton, play-by-play; Bob Griese, analysis; Nat Moore, analysis; Kim Bokamper, sideline)
ONLINE: Game available on computer or tablet. Details at dolphins.com/preseasonlive.
TV REPLAY: NFL Network, Saturday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. Fox Sports Florida, Sunday, Aug. 10 at 8 .m. and Monday, Aug. 11 at 2 p.m.
THE SERIES (PRESEASON)
SERIES RECORD: Atlanta leads 7-5
AT MIAMI: Falcons lead 5-3
AT ATLANTA: Teams tied 2-2
LAST MEETING: 2012 at Miami; Falcons 23, Dolphins 6
SERIES TREND: Atlanta has won three of the past four preseason meetings, scoring 20 points or more in three of those four contests. The Falcons overall have reached the 20-point mark in eight of the 12 preseason contests between the teams.
HISTORY LESSON: The Dolphins scored 28 points in two of their three previous preseason visits to the Georgia Dome, winning 28-27 in 1993 and 28-23 in 2011. The other visit came in 1995 and resulted in a 37-0 loss.
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