Miami (2-4) at New Orleans (2-5)

  • Game info: 4:05 pm EST Sun Oct 30, 2005
  • TV: CBS
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The Miami Dolphins have endured three consecutive defeats but are hoping former LSU coach Nick Saban’s return to Baton Rouge can reverse their fortunes when they meet the New Orleans Saints.

Miami has plenty of problems; a porous offensive line, budding quarterback controversy and an injury-riddled secondary. The team is also coming off its worst effort yet, a 30-20 loss to the Chiefs last Friday night.

With the game pushed up 42 hours because of Hurricane Wilma, the Chiefs arrived less than six hours before kickoff. But it was the Dolphins who looked jet-lagged, allowing a season-high 462 yards and controlling the ball for less than 19 minutes.

“The most disappointing thing to me is I don’t think we showed improvement,” Saban said.

Instead, the Dolphins are getting worse. Victories over Denver and Carolina in the first three weeks of the season now seem an aberration rather than an indication of a turnaround from last year’s 4-12 fiasco.

The latest loss confirmed that quarterback A.J. Feeley wasn’t the only problem in 2004. The Dolphins traded him Tuesday and still played lousy, inviting a renewal of last year’s season-long quarterback debate.

Gus Frerotte went 11-for-29 for 125 yards against a Chiefs pass defense ranked 30th in the NFL. He was replaced with three minutes left by Sage Rosenfels, whose lone throw went 77 yards for a touchdown to Chris Chambers.

Might Saban return to Louisiana with Rosenfels as his quarterback against the Saints?

“I haven’t thought about it yet,” Saban said. “The guy has thrown one pass.

“I’m not here to say we’re disappointed with Gus. I’m not here to say we’re satisfied with Gus. I don’t think it’s just that position. There are other issues that create a problem for that position in terms of how we execute together as a group.”

Ex-Saint Ricky Williams, playing his first game against his former team, carried six times for minus-1 yard against the Chiefs. In two games following a one-year retirement and four-game drug suspension, he has gained 7 yards in 11 attempts.

“I don’t think we’ve had a long drive since I’ve been back,” Williams said. “That makes it hard to get into any kind of rhythm.”

Things aren’t going any better for the Saints, who are coming off a 28-17 loss to St. Louis last Sunday.

A pair of failed trick plays came back to haunt New Orleans, which squandered a 14-point first-quarter lead in losing its third straight.

A quarterback sneak on a fake field goal on fourth-and-1 was stuffed for no gain near the end of the third quarter and Donte’ Stallworth’s fumble on a fourth-quarter reverse led to the go-ahead score. The Rams also blocked a field goal attempt in the second quarter.

Aaron Brooks threw touchdown passes on the Saints’ first two drives. After that, the team without a home fizzled and its three-game winning streak in St. Louis ended.

“It’s a missed opportunity,” Brooks said. “It was a good situation for us but we didn’t capitalize.”

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Scoreboard

Preseason
  Thursday, Aug 18  
  New Orleans
New England 37
27 Final
      Friday, Aug 19  
  Tennessee
Atlanta 24
21 Final
     
  Cincinnati
Washington 24
17 Final
     
  Minnesota
NY Jets 21
28 Final
      Saturday, Aug 20  
  Cleveland
Detroit 21
13 Final
     
  Green Bay
Buffalo 7
27 Final
     
  Jacksonville
Tampa Bay 20
17 Final
     
  Miami
Pittsburgh 3
17 Final
     
  Philadelphia
Baltimore 20
14 Final
     
  Carolina
NY Giants 21
27 Final
     
  Chicago
Indianapolis 24
17 Final
     
  Oakland
Houston 17
19 Final
     
  Arizona
Kansas City 24
17 Final
     
  San Francisco
Denver 21
26 Final
      Sunday, Aug 21  
  St. Louis
San Diego 21
36 Final
      Monday, Aug 22  
  Dallas
Seattle 18
10 Final