"I think the atmosphere kind of dictates that," said quarterback Jay Fiedler about being more jacked up for Sunday's game than your typical 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon affair. "It's going to be electric out there. Denver has got one of the loudest stadiums. We know it's prime time. Everyone is going to be a little juiced up. The national TV coverage is going to be in this week watching us. It just dictates a more electrifying atmosphere."
The Dolphins are used to playing in prime time. Besides this game, other night games this season include a Monday night game at Green Bay, a Sunday night game at Giants Stadium against the Jets six days later, and a Monday night home game against Chicago on Dec. 9.
Coach Dave Wannstedt said that from a scheduling standpoint Sunday night games are easier to deal with than Monday night contests.
This week, for example, the Dolphins will hold their pregame meetings on Sunday morning instead of Saturday, watch the early games on television for a couple of hourse, then have their pregame meal and chapel gathering around 2:30 p.m. before heading to the Sunday for the 6:30 p.m. kickoff (Denver time).
Part of the extra motivation, as Wannstedt pointed out, as this is one of the few occasions Dolphins players will get to perform with their peers from around the league watching.
Said defensive tackle Tim Bowens: "It’s great to be in prime time. Everybody is going to be watching. We’ve just got to go out and play Miami Dolphins football."