LINEBACKERS SHOULD BE READY

The Philadelphia Eagles come to town Monday night on a roll, having won eight consecutive games. There are a lot of reasons for their success, among them the play of their three running backs. And those running backs will make it a busy night for linebackers Zach Thomas, Junior Seau and Morlon Greenwood.

The Eagles divide the number of carries pretty evenly among Duce Staley, Brian Westbrook and Correll Buckhalter, and they also throw the ball quite a bit to those guys.

In particular, Westbrook is a major weapon in the passing game.

There will be times Monday night when the Dolphins linebackers will be charged with covering those guys out of the backfield, and it's clearly a tough challenge for Seau and Co.

Let's not forget about fullback Jon Ritchie, another favorite target of quarterback Donovan McNabb.

The Eagles' corps of wide receivers — James Thrash, Todd Pinkston and Freddie Mitchell — won't scary anybody, but the Philadelphia has been very productive lately, and it's largely because of the play of the running backs.

How the Dolphins defend them could go a long way toward determining how much success they have stopping the Eagles offense.


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