Coach Dave Wannstedt talked about the great play of the defense immediately after the 18-15 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.<P>After watching game films, he was even more impressed with the way the Dolphins shut down the Raiders offense.<P>

Wannstedt said Monday he initially intended to give a game ball to linebacker Zach Thomas, who was in on 18 tackles against the Raiders. But Wannstedt reconsidered and decided that every member of the defense deserved a game ball.

"We played so many players because of the heat," Wannstedt said, "and everybody stepped up against an outstanding football team."

The Dolphins held Oakland to 216 total yards and kep the Raiders offense out of the end zone. Oakland's only touchdown on Sunday came on safety Anthony Dorsett's 26-yard interception return.

Former Dolphins running back Tyrone Wheatley was held to 44 yards rushing on 15 carries, an average of less than 3 yards per carry. Future Hall of Fame wide receivers Tim Brown and Jerry Rice, meanwhile, were held to a combined four catches for 27 yards.

Wannstedt still had a hard time believing that stat on Monday.

"Those numbers are mind-boggling," he said. "But that's why we pay Sam (Madison) and Patrick (Surtain) a lot of money."

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