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Live blog of Dolphins-Panthers starts here

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Factoid interesting perhaps only to me: For the first time this season the Dolphins and the Panthers will leave a game week with different results.

One team will win, the other will lose tonight and will be live blogging most of the way through.

But the previous nine games, both teams lost their first three games this year. Both teams won two straight. And each won lost, won, lost, won the past four games.

It is very mild here, temperatures in the 60s. There is a light haze in the air.

The biggest news tonight is that Nate Garner will start at left guard for the Dolphins but Justin Smiley is not inactive. He will be available to play.

 Patrick Turner was working and he will be active for tonight's game.  The inactives are Tyler Thigpen (3rd QB), Lydon Murtha, Paul Soliai, Erik Walden, Anthony Fasano, Andrew Gardner, Lionel Dotson and Nate Ness are inactive.

RB Kory Sheets is active for the first time this season.

For the Panther an interesting note is that WR Steve Smith was involved in an auto accident on the way to the game tonight, but he is not injured. He is expected to play.

Meantime, this is where the live blog will start. So join me in the comments section just prior to kickoff.


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as long as fasano and crowder on the bench we will win .

Unleash the beast play Patrick Turner!
See what the rookie can do out there? There is no one bigg enough to take him.

More Pat White! More Pat White!

What local channel is carrying game. I hears it's on NFL channel which I don't get.

gonna be interesting to see Jake Long battle Everette Brown who got a sack on him in the pre season and Julius Peppers when they line him up to Longs side this will be a good battle.



Got a strange feeling the Phins will have a huge game.

Phins 34
Car 17

D- forces turnovers

Ginn- big game yeah I said it

Ricky steady

Henne- will look composed and look more in sync with the receivers

Special teams- big returns

J.Porter will play pissed

Can't wait here on the West Coast

Go Phins!

Wrong on this one Mando! Your predessors crucified the guy for smoking weed. I think what he said was appropriate canned answers come from asking the same question over and over again.

I hope he breaks some long ones against Carolina. Run Ricky run!!!

what jersey we wearing tonight?


D-dense agree I hope he break off two big runs.

Matt Millen is talking crap (Steve Smith will school our young secondary)

How do you even get a job on evaluating talent after his crap job in Detroit.

Only in America!

Go Phins!

This game will end in a tie, then the two teams finish the season by winning out, then meeting in the Superbowl.

Ya, that is my prediction.

You heard it here first.

On a side note: Anyone interested in buying tickets to the Bills/Jets game in Toronto? If I can't sell them, am going to wear my Dolphins jersey and BOO every single play all game long.

I wish Steve Smith would have sprained his ankle in that car accident on the way to the stadium. Heard it on NFL Network

Time to do some serious cat-swinging. I reckon the ground ought to be big enough for us to get the Panthers by two paws and a tail and give them the helicopter treatment! Wonder what Sparano will say after the game to their losing coach? "My Wildcat is bigger than yours" maybe?

game is on channel 39 and on 4 in wpb.

The inactives are up and Nate Garner is starting for Smiley even though Smiley is active for the game.

will the game be ch39 fsflorida is that so?

i live in charlotte area. Panthers are just awful. Delhomme is awful. We have to win this game. It would be embarrassing not to win it. The Panthers have no identity at all and are lucky to win anything. I hope we can adjust quickly to a new wildcat version without Ronnie

I can see the ESPN talking heads raving about how Steve Smith gets in a car accident and he goes off tonight...makes me sick.

I hate that stupid subplot always happens to us.


We are limited in the Wildcat.

So we will have to go to Whites Pistol Package and
Ted Ginn's Pussycat Package will bust out tonight!

Go Phins!

so we picking up the game here in florida locally? and can anyone confirm is gonna be on ch4 and 39fsn. i would love for it to be pick up.

Thanks for the update Mando!

Your thoughts on Turner?

Go Phins!

LMAO Martin:

Ted Ginn's Pussycat Package will bust out tonight!

I cannot believe that Big O and Keith Sims are saying that Ronnie being hurt it is a silver lining to the offense. Are you kidding me?

That is dumbest assessment I have ever heard. They sound so stupid.

Keith Sims is an idiot by the way.

I'd like to see the Lousakat.


It came about when on one of his drops my brother yelled-more wildcat! I was yelling Ginn don't be a P#@$! We both looked at eachother and the Pussycat was born.

Just like the old chocolate and the peanut butter thing

Go Phins!

Joey Haynos is the starting TE for Miami.

need a link stuck in chicago

I had envisioned it was borne from a moment he cowered to the ground or dove out of bounds.. but I like it just the same!

You can watch the game live on nfl.com people

Its Pat White's night tonight

patman - Of course Fasano will be on the bench since he is inactive DUH!

Me too GOL! Need a link! Anyone?!!

What did Keith Sims say, Wayne Fontes?

Thanks Carlito! But isn't that audio only? Or am I just technically challenged!

So I am stuck with a cable provider that does not offer the NFL Network...does anyone know a link for the game and/or the pregame talk?

"Two teams enter, one team leaves!"

Go Fins!!

Question for everyone: Where do the Dolphins get offense from the rest of the season?

Tonight, because the Panthers are so terrible against the run, I expect Ricky Williams will be fine. But what about the rest of the year?

Where does it come from without Ronnie Brown?

i am interested to see what kory sheets can do.

My assessment was that it forces the Wildcat to go away and makes the Fins use a conventional offense. Henne, in their minds, is now forced to be under center exclusively and he will go as QB.

How stupid? Take away a back destined for 1,000 plus yards and his only game changer. That is great for a young QB.

Aqua and Orange!

RickyBobby in Talladega Nights-
"These Colors don't Run"!
Just before he got his arm broken like a Cheesy Gordita

Go Phins!

My assessment meaning, what Sims and Big O were getting at...

Anyone know if Sheets is active tonight?

Williams and our new te spasomething will be huge factors also Jason Taylor tonight will be huge... I see ginn getting the long ball tonight too

Dolphins come onto the field for warmups and when they gather in a huddle, Joey Porter is the guy talking to them from the middle of that huddle.

Shows who the players believe is their leader.

Oops just saw the rest of Mandy's comments...

Please feel free to ignore the previous post


I really feel like Ricky will be Ricky and go for 100yds.

Something tells me the passing game will bust out tonight.

I think the defense will force turnovers tonight.

Just a feeling.

Go Phins!

if the game is a tie, they will still have the same results for every game.

Porter is old.

AK Fin Fan - Did yuou read what Armando wrote in this blog:

"RB Kory Sheets is active for the first time this season"

What will make rickys game tonight huge is if he doesn't fumble the ball... If he can hold on to it all game we will win no questions asked


Who is the big O?

Is Lex Active?

Is Lex Active?

Posted by: Chris | November 19, 2009 at 07:42 PM

Of courde, he's backing up Ricky.

why do i feel that HENNE will have 2 interceptions .


Don't want to minimize the loss of Ronnie.

Parcells built teams usually flex their muscle about this time of the season. When every team is beat up. I believe he builds the teams from the lines out. Time for the O' line and D' line to step up.

Ricky/Polite/Hilliard are an above average trio behind this line.

Henne will only get better as I think the receivong corp will be serviceable (less drops).

P. White will add some spark ala Kordell Stewart.

Tonight will tell us a lot.

Go Phins!

Sims just said they will be better in the long run without Ronnie...

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