The Aftermath: Patriots vs Dolphins

Patriots at Dolphins

Brandon Tate kicked off the 2nd-half special-teams scoring barrage with an 103-yard kickoff return for a TD.

NEPD Staff Writer: Jerry F

The New England Patriots heard it all week. 82 points allowed in the first three games of the 2010 season, the most points allowed by any Patriots defense since Bill Belichick came to new England in 2000. Tom Brady and the high octane offense will have to keep putting up 30 points every game if the Patriots plan on winning games.

The Patriots had something else in mind.

Even though we are just four weeks into the NFL season, this was nearly a must win situation as AFC East leadership was at stake. The Jets were sitting at home with a comfortable 3-1 lead atop the division. The winner of tonight’s game was going to join them with the same 3-1 record. Both Miami and New England were in no position to drop divisional games as each had taken turns losing to the Jets in the past couple of weeks.

Belichick has been known for stirring emotions out of his players, especially when playing the underdog card. He was able to fire up his squad, especially the defense, all week by making them aware of how irrelevant they were supposed to be this season. Clippings from local media picking the Dolphins to win the game were shown in the locker room.

The result of all that was a 41-14 beatdown handed to the Dolphins. In a game where the Patriots young secondary were not supposed to have a smidgen of a chance against All-Pro Receiver Brandon Marshall, they actually neutralized and rendered him useless.

Patriots second year Safety Patrick Chung was like a man possessed tonight as he blocked a punt, blocked a field goal, and returned an interception for a touchdown. Chung, who had edged out Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather earlier in the season, showed the faith the coaches had in him as he made plays all over the field. There is a good chance Chung will be randomly tested by the NFL tomorrow morning for any sign of performance enhancement. He was that good tonight.

Patriots Outside Linebacker Rob Ninkovich was right up there with Patrick Chung tonight, as he intercepted Chad Henne twice in the first half. The second of which set up a 30 yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal that put the Patriots 7-6 behind the Dolphins going into halftime.

The second half was none like the Patriots have had all season. Brandon Tate set the tone early as he returned the second half kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown, his second kickoff return in four games this season.

New fan favorite Danny Woodhead continued his magical run with his second touchdown in as many games.Woodhead caught a short pass from Tom Brady and raced 10 yards into the end zone to stretch the game 27-14. Wes Welker continued his amazing comeback from a knee surgery earlier in the year as he led the Patriots with 8 receptions for 70 yards.

With the Patriots being short at the Running back position, the law offices of BenJarvus Green-Ellis had it all covered. Green-Ellis ran the ball 16 times for 76 yards for an average of 4.8 yards per carry. Danny Woodhead also carried the ball 8 times for 36 yards and a modest 4.5 yards per carry. Rex Ryan and the Jets, although loaded at the running back position, still has to be wondering if it was a wise decision to let the diminutive Woodhead go, and to a division rival at that.

Make no mistake about it, this was an all round effort by the New England Patriots as a team. They scored touchdowns on fffense, defense and special teams, a trifecta that all coaches aspire for. The fact that Tom Brady threw just 24 times completing 19 of those passes for a mere 153 yards tells the story even further. It looks like a typo when you consider the fact that the Patriots scored 41 points but Randy Moss did not record a catch let alone score a touchdown.

The Patriots were able to put their overly analyzed road woes to rest momentarily, playing an all-around game tonight as they assumed the “us against the world” approach. This often maligned young defense have shown so far that they have the potential to be great, and with time and some cohesion seem to be on their way to being a force to be reckoned with.

The Patriots couldn’t be going into the bye in a better way after this resounding victory tonight, however, it does not get any easy from here on out. The Baltimore Ravens come knocking two weeks from now at Gillette followed by San Diego and Minnesota Vikings. If the Patriots continue to improve on all aspect of the game like they did tonight they could very well come out of that brutal stretch unscathed.

Tags: Game Recap, Patrick Chung, Rob Ninkovich

9 Responses to “The Aftermath: Patriots vs Dolphins”

  1. John says:

    If the patriots could get a first rounder for Moss, I’d do it in a second. I think that Brandon Tate could take his spot and do well. Unless you think the patriots can win the Super Bowl this year it would be a mistake not to get a first rounder for him. It is very unlikely that the patriots are going to offer Moss the kind of money he wants at he end of this season so it would be smart to get a first or second round pick for him instead of nothing.

  2. Dante says:

    It seems that Moss will finally get his wish to cut ties. As compensation I’d hope w
    They could get at minimum a second round pick. If so, I’d like to see BB put together a nice package and go after a stud 27 yr old receiver in Vincent Jackson! I just cant imagine the rest of the season without any sort of deep threat.

    What do you guys think?

    What

  3. Ryan says:

    We will have to see what happens with this Moss trade. I dont like it, because he opens up the field. But I do not think Moss will ever win a super bowl.

  4. Ryan says:

    Well, to be honest, as of right now. He has no reason to be paid by the patriots. The O line is not AWESOME, but it is sufficient only allowing 4 or 5 sacks. I believe its tied for 6th over all in the NFL. Therefore, I would rather save those pennies for some Defensive pressure or some RB

  5. John says:

    Everybody have fun tonight! Everybody Patrick Chung tonight! Please don’t ban me from this web site for that corny joke. Great road win against a good team. I think the Patriots should get 2 defensive linemen with their first 2 picks in the 2011 draft. The patriots running backs are at least medicore and don’t be surprised if they sign a decent running back as a free agent before the draft. I also think it’s time to get a draft pick for Logan Mankins. There are a lot of teams that need offensive line help and hopefully they can get at least a 3rd round pick for him.

  6. Ryan says:

    Woodhead and the Firm should stay. RB in the draft would be nice. However, not before a DE or OLB.

    • JerryF says:

      I personally think the Patriots need to do away with the old Running backs by committee next season and draft a stud RB to complement Law firm and Woodhead.the ground game this past two weeks has contributed to the two wins.



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