Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 12/7/12
DAVIE, Fla. The Miami Dolphins refused to let a Friday night flight alter their pregame preparation. Instead of hanging out at home, well be hanging out on the plane, defensive end Cameron Wake said a couple of hours before the Dolphins departed for San Francisco. Well watch some film together, probably take some naps and get something to eat. Same routine, well just be doing it 30,000 feet in the air. The Dolphins, who usually travel Saturday for road games, left a day early to play the 49ers (8-3-1) at Candlestick Park on Sunday. Miami (5-7) has lost four of its last five games following a three-game winning streak. NFC West-leading San Francisco is coming off an overtime loss at St. Louis last week. By beating Seattle at Sun Life Stadium on Nov. 25, Miami has won seven straight and 12 of 13 at home against West Coast teams since 97. During the same time frame, the Dolphins havebeen West Coast road warriors as well. They are a combined 10-4 when visiting Seattle, Oakland, San Diego and San Francisco. Its definitely a little bit different, coach Joe Philbin said of the cross-country trip. We'vetalked to the guys about the purpose of the trip, why were going out there. Were gong to do everything the same (Saturday) -- practice like we would, meet like we would, go over the practice film like we would. So, we want to keep it as similar as we can. Philbin took his team to Arizona in Week 4, when Miami lost 24-21 in overtime. Not a true West Coast trip, but a good distance from South Florida nonetheless. I thought we had an excellent trip from an operational standpoint when we went (to Arizona), Philbin said. Obviously, we want to go out West this time with the same type of focus and attention to the task at hand, but a better outcome. To do that, the Dolphins will have to get past a San Francisco team talented in all areas. Colin Kaepernick is expected to start at quarterback for the fourth straight week after replacing Alex Smith. Hes an athlete, Wake said of Kaepernick. A guy like that definitely can create problems for a defense if youre not disciplined. Kaepernick isnt Miamis only concern. San Francisco has the league's second-best rushing attack led by former University of Miami star Frank Gore. Offensively, the Dolphins will face a unit that is second behind Pittsburgh in total defense. Miami will be without left tackle Jake Long, who was placed on injured reserve with a lefttricepsinjury. We have to be physical with them. We have to run the football, guard Richie Incognito said. We have to take control of the game. Something thathasn'tbeen a Miami routine this season.
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