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Tonight's game


Denver (13-1) at Miami (9-5)

Time: 8: 20, chs. 2, 7.

Line: Broncos by 4 1/2 .

Vs. spread: Broncos 9-5; Dolphins 8-4.

Outlook: This was supposed to be The Game, the one that would decide if Denver recorded an unbeaten regular season, but the Giants took care of that last week. Denver-Miami, however, still provides plenty to anticipate. It gives us ballyhooed QBs in Denver's John Elway and Miami's Dan Marino, the only two in league history to have compiled 50,000 passing yards. It gives us RB Terrell Davis against a Miami defense that has allowed just 8.7 points a game at home, where the Dolphins are 6-1 this season. It can't be a perfect season for Denver, but 14-1 sounds awfully nice.

Notable: Broncos are 6-1 under Mike Shanahan on Monday night.


BRONCOS: Questionable: S Tyrone Braxton (shoulder); S Eric Brown (groin); TE Dwayne Carswell (ankle). Probable: WR Justin Armour (hamstring); S Steve Atwater (shoulder); LB Keith Burns (thigh); CB Ray Crockett (ankle); G David Diaz-Infante (knee); QB John Elway (ribs); CB Darrien Gordon (ankle); WR Willie Green (hamstring); RB Howard Griffith (knee); DE Harald Hasselbach (ankle); CB Darrius Johnson (ankle); T Tony Jones (knee); RB Derek Loville (shoulder); WR Ed McCaffrey (hamstring-finger); G Dan Neil (knee); LB Bill Romanowski (shoulder); P Tom Rouen (shoulder-wrist); G Mark Schlereth (knee); TE Shannon Sharpe (knee); DE Neil Smith (abdomen-flu); DT Keith Traylor (back); DE Marvin Washington (neck).

DOLPHINS: Out: LB Larry Izzo (knee). Doubtful: T Richmond Webb (triceps). Questionable: DE Kenny Mixon (knee). Probable: Karim Abdul-Jabbar (concussion); DE Trace Armstrong (groin); G Kevin Donnalley (knee); TE Ed Perry (shoulder); CB Patrick Surtain (hip).

Pub Date: 12/21/98

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