Practice Notes

The Dolphins are first in the NFL in red zone defense.<BR><BR>

Injury Update

Ike Hilliard (heel) was the only Giant who didn't practice Wednesday. But he said he will work tomorrow, and he's listed as probable for Sunday's game. Cornerback Will Peterson (calf) and wide receiver Willie Ponder (hip) are also probable. Defensive tackle Keith Hamilton (hamstring) is questionable. Hamilton missed the victory over Washington prior to the bye. "I think the only guy that is a day-to-day situation is Keith Hamilton," Jim Fassel said. "But he told me today that he is playing, so he usually knows more about his body than anybody else. Hopefully he should be healthy for the game."

For Miami, center Tim Ruddy is out with a knee injury, tackle Mark Dixon (ankle) and quarterback Brian Griese (toe) are questionable, and safety Shawn Wooden (hand/hamstring) is probable.

Key to victory

Jim Fassel believes the Giants' performance in the red zone - on offense and defense - will be a key factor in the game. The Dolphins are first in the NFL in red zone defense. They have not allowed a touchdown on eight opposing trips inside the 20-yard line. Offensively, Miami is second in the league, with six red zone touchdowns in seven tries (85.7 percent).

The Giants' red zone offense is tied for sixth in the NFC, with five touchdowns in nine opportunities (55.6 percent), while the defense is second in the conference, giving up only three touchdowns in 12 opposing possessions close to the goal line.

"Nobody has scored a touchdown on them in the red zone, nobody," Fassel said. "And on offense they are good, they get in there and they take it on in. It is like anything else, you are playing against a good team and sometimes in your game plan you need to assume that they are going to maybe move the ball or do some things and that is where you need to be able to shut them down."

Sack attack

The Giants defense has 13 sacks, tied for the second-highest total in team history after three games. The 1985 Giants had 16 sacks in their first three games.


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