READY FOR STRAHAN

The Dolphins will be facing the NFL sack record holder Sunday when they play against Michael Strahan and the New York Giants. And the challenge of stopping Strahan will fall mostly on the shoulders of right tackle Todd Wade.

If you think Wade is having trouble sleeping because of his assignment, think again. On the surface at least, Wade sounds nothing but confident he'll be able to neutralize Strahan.

"I feel confident in my abilities," Wade said Wednesday. "I look forward to it. I've given everything I've had the last few weeks and I've been pretty dominant. The guys I've faced have not done anything. I don't feel I have anything to prove. But I always wondered what it would be like to go against him."

Offensive line coach Tony Wise agreed with Wade's assessment of his performance and said the Wade-Strahan matchup should be a good one.

The Dolphins will help Wade as much as possible during the game, either by calling for quick passing plays or by keeping somebody else to help double-team Strahan.

Unlike other teams who switch their defensive ends from one side to the other during the course of the game, the Giants usually keep Strahan on the left side, which will be right across from Wade.

What makes Strahan so good is his combination of speed and power.

"It's going to be one of those games where it'll be a fight the whole game," Wade said. "I watched him on film in the game against St. Louis and he worked (Kyle) Turley over pretty well."

The Dolphins obviously need for Wade to keep Strahan fairly silent throughout the game. It's one of the key matchups to watch on Sunday.


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