TRACKING TRAVIS

The Dolphins turned in one of their best defensive performances of the season, if not their best, in the last meeting against the Buffalo Bills. They will be looking for a repeat performance this weekend, and a big key will be their ability to contain running back Travis Henry.

The Dolphins shut down Henry in the first meeting, holding him to 7 yards on five carries before he left the game with an injury.

To make Henry's night even more miserable, cornerback Patrick Surtain also came up with an interception when Henry tried to throw a halfback pass inside the red zone.

The Dolphins have had great success against just about every running back they've faced this season. They have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in the last two seasons, with the season high this year being the 89 yards gained by both Houston's Stacey Mack in the opener and Indy's Edgerrin James in early November.

You have to go back to the 2001 playoff game against Baltimore, when Terry Allen did it, to find a 100-yard rusher against the Dolphins.

Henry obviously will get more carries in this game than he got back in September, and the Dolphins will have to make sure their tackling is sound, much better than it was Monday night against the Eagles.

Linebacker Zach Thomas has called Henry one of the most difficult running backs to bring down.

Rookie Willis McGahee might be making his NFL debut against the Dolphins, but it's clearly Henry who's the guy the Dolphins have to stop this Sunday.

And it will all start with Tim Bowens, Jeff Zgonina and Larry Chester up front.


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