Here are three things to look for:
Slow starters: The Dolphins have had issues in the first half to start the season. Miami has been outscored 29-10 in the first half and trailed at halftime in both games. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said falling behind early is "no way to live" and starting fast is a priority against Kansas City. Miami must have the right intensity and focus at home against a desperate Chiefs team looking for their first win of the season.
Sack attack: It is questionable if Dolphins third-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill is the long-term solution in Miami. But one thing he’s never had in his favor is consistent pass protection. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Tannehill has been sacked 98 times since the start of the 2012 season. No other quarterback has been sacked more over that span. Miami allowed four sacks in last week’s loss to the Buffalo Bills. The Dolphins’ offensive line must create a more consistent pocket for Tannehill to flourish against the Chiefs.
Familiar faces: Sunday’s matchup will have some familiar faces playing against their former teams. Miami left tackle Branden Albert will face Kansas City for the first time since leaving this year in free agency. Albert made the Pro Bowl with the Chiefs last year and played six seasons in Kansas City. Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano and cornerback Sean Smith also spent the early parts of their careers with the Dolphins. Both were former starters in Miami.