Can Big Plays Be Eliminated?

Limiting big plays will again be a point of emphasis for a Dolphins secondary that has been riddled by big-gainers for much of the season.

Against the Patriots last week, that included three of the six longest plays — run or pass — against them all season: a pair of 58-yard pass plays to Randy Moss (touchdown) and Wes Welker, and an 81-yard touchdown pass to journeyman Sam Aiken early in the third quarter.

Keep in mind the Dolphins were trying to double-team Moss for much of the game, holding him to no catches over the final 50:35.

Of the 18 pass plays of 35 yards or longer against the Dolphins this season, rookie Vontae Davis has been in primary coverage on seven of them, including both Moss touchdowns against Miami (71 yards in Foxboro and Sunday's 58-yarder).

Fellow rookie cornerback Sean Smith got linebacker Akin Ayodele and free safety Gibril Wilson off the hook (Dallas Clark's 80-yard touchdown to open the Indianapolis game in Week 2) with an 81-yard mistake against Aiken that is now the longest play against the Dolphins this season.

Smith has had primary coverage on five completions of 35 yards or longer, including Malcom Floyd's 47-yarder at San Diego (with deep "help" from Wilson). Smith's only other touchdown allowed of 25 yards or more was the 33-yarder to Maurice Stovall in the fourth quarter against Tampa Bay.

Veteran corner Will Allen, out for the year since blowing out his knee against the Saints, takes the rap for primary coverage on two other long balls (55 yards to Vince Jackson at San Diego and the game-winning 48-yarder to Pierre Garcon against the Colts).

In fairness, that was a flanker screen to Garcon, and Allen wasn't the only one blocked out of the play — Nate Jones had a shot, too — but Allen had primary coverage.

That leaves one whiff for Channing Crowder (a 49-yarder to Dallas Clark) and one for strong safety Yeremiah Bell (a 37-yarder to Kellen Winslow).

Mike Sims-Walker, the Jaguars' leading receiver, was limited in Wednesday's practice with a calf injury, but he should provide the biggest challenge to the Dolphins on Sunday. Sims-Walker has already set a career high with 52 catches for 752 yards and six touchdowns.

Sims-Walker is averaging 14.5 yards per catch this season, including a 61-yard touchdown.

Torry Holt, No. 10 all time in receiving yards and total receptions, is second on the team with 44 catches for 590 yards and a 13.4-yard average.

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