Dolphins Score a Big Easy Win

It was a 10-7 victory for the fins in their last pre-season game

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    Jason Taylor tackles Lynell Hamilton of the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome.

    Although a perfect preseason was hardly worth celebrating, it left the Miami Dolphins encouraged as they begin their quest to repeat as AFC East champs.

    Patrick Cobbs rushed for 54 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown, and Miami had eight sacks and an interception in a 10-7 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.

    "Now it's time to play real football, to get into game week and show what we are made of," said Dolphins receiver Ted Ginn, whose 23-yard reception from backup quarterback Chad Henne set up Cobbs' score. "I know we had a real good preseason, but in a week or so the games count for real."

    Chad Pennington completed eight of 11 passes for 57 yards and led the first scoring drive for Miami, which took a 3-0 lead on Dan Carpenter's 41-yard field goal.

    "I feel good about where we are right now," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said. "Everybody, I thought, played pretty hard. We were about as clean as could be."

    Henne came back strong from a disappointing outing last week in which he completed only two of eight passes. He connected on 10 of his first 12 throws for 81 yards and led Miami's only touchdown drive.

    "I'm happy with the progress I've made, but I know there's more out there," he said.