Miami at Jacksonville
Time, TV: 12:35 p.m., WUSA-9, WJZ-13.
Records: Dolphins 10-7, Jaguars 14-2. Line: Jaguars by 8A.
This season: Did not play.
The first playoff meeting of two Florida teams could be a defensive struggle. The Jaguars' 349.1 yards per game ranked seventh in the league offensively in the regular season, but injuries could hamper their output this week. Pro Bowl T Tony Boselli (knee) will not play, and QB Mark Brunell (knee) is hobbled, though will probably start. The Dolphins' defense, meanwhile, showed signs of its old dominance in Sunday's 20-17, first-round playoff win at Seattle. Miami registered six sacks, including three by 11-year veteran DE Trace Armstrong, and allowed just 171 total yards in the franchise's first road playoff victory since 1972. Miami's mediocre offense will try to control the clock as it did last week, when it held possession for nearly 35 minutes and did not commit a turnover for the first time in 10 games. With a gimpy Brunell to protect against a strong pass rush, Jacksonville would like to establish its No. 1-ranked rushing attack, which averaged 130.7 yards a game in the regular season behind RBs Fred Taylor and James Stewart. WR Jimmy Smith will not be ignored, though. Smith led NFL in the regular season with 116 receptions, including 14 in Jacksonville's last game, against Cincinnati. The Jaguars' defense ranked near the top of the league in almost every category, including total yards allowed (270.9, fourth in the NFL), sacks (57, tied for first) and average points allowed (13.6, first).