- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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The New York Jets wanted to put extra "hot sauce" on Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush earlier this season. The New England Patriots, on the other hand, are just concerned with stopping Bush from making big plays.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had nothing but praise for Bush during his Wednesday news conference with Boston media. Bush, Miami’s most dynamic playmaker, broke out of a midseason slump last week against the Seattle Seahawks. He rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Bush averaged 6.2 yards per carry and had his highest rushing total since Week 2.
"Absolutely, he’s a dynamic player. I think you have to know wherever he is when he’s on the field," Belichick said. "He could be in the backfield, they could hand him the ball, they could throw him the ball and he can get it in a lot of different ways. He has good strength for his size. ... He has great quickness. He’s got great speed. He can run through tackles, he can run around people. It’s similar to [C.J.] Spiller, that type of player: very hard to match up with in coverage. He’s a tough guy to defend."
Miami's best chance to upset New England (8-3) Sunday will be to control the clock with the running game. The Patriots lead the NFL in total offense and scoring. Miami (5-6) simply does not have the weapons to keep up with New England in a shootout. Therefore, expect Bush and backup tailback Daniel Thomas to get a lot of carries this week.