Dolphins grinding it out early

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins threw, threw and threw some more to stun the New England Patriots last week.

On Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Dolphins are ready to slog it out.

The slick field at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium has made crisp pass routes tough to execute, but the Dolphins had no trouble running their way to a 7-0 lead with 2:33 left in the first quarter.

The Dolphins went 67 yards on 13 plays, with Ricky Williams punching it in from a yard out. Fullback Lousaka Polite has been a key factor. He picked up two first downs, including one on a fourth-and-1 run.

Chad Henne, who threw 52 passes to beat the Patriots, handed off nine times on the drive. Three of Henne's four throws were on third downs.