STOPPING HENRY A PRIORITY

Turnovers obviously made the biggest difference in the Dolphins' loss to Buffalo earlier this season, but Miami also didn't help its cause by allowing running back Travis Henry to rush for 132 yards. But there's reason to believe things will be different this time around.

The Dolphins have shut down every opponent running back since that Oct. 20 game against the Bills, holding Jamal Lewis and LaDainian Tomlinson to under 50 yards each the last two weeks.

With the weather expected to be cold on Sunday, stopping the run will be a major priority for the Dolphins.

"We have been doing a good job the last few weeks as far as stopping teams from running the ball," said defensive end Jason Taylor. "The last time we played Buffalo, Henry got 100 yards. It is a little misconstrued because he had a couple of big runs in there, but that's still our fault. It is what it is.

"He's going to get 5, 6 yards here and there. He's a very good back. If we can limit the big ones, the 20- or 25-yard runs, and put the ball in Drew's (Bledsoe) hands, then we have a good chance. But then again, Drew is Drew and he's having a good year. That is a whole other set of problems."

Henry hurt the Dolphins running outside in the first meeting, and linebacker Zach Thomas explained that the Buffalo wide receivers did a good job of pinning the Dolphins safeties inside.

No doubt, the safeties have to do a better job Sunday, as do outside linebackers Derrick Rodgers and Morlon Greenwood.

Thomas said this week the Dolphins had a few wrinkles to combat Buffalo's outside running game.

"They had some success doing that, and everybody has tried it since," said Coach Dave Wannstedt. "I would expect Buffalo to do it again. Henry likes to run outside and we've got to be ready to stop him."

The Dolphins haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher since Henry, and have allowed only two the whole season — Indy's Edgerrin James was the other.

It has indeed been a great season for the Dolphins run defense, particularly the last few weeks.

Said Wannstedt: "We're playing the run the best since I've been here. Guys are disciplined, we're aggressive, they're executing the scheme and they're making plays."


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