Well that’s one way to start the season….Tom Brady and the Pats came out and made an early statement in the NFL beating the Dolphins 38-24. The statement was Tom Brady throwing for 517 yards and 4 TDs. That being said, teams are going to fear the Pats passing attack.
This game scared me a little more than it should have. The Patriots got off to somewhat of a slow start and were giving up a ton of yards to this average Dolphins offense. The Dolphins came right out and scored on their opening drive setting the tone for the rest of the game. However, the Patriots did what they do best and marched right back down the field scoring and tying the game on their first possession. After that, the Pats were able to slow the Dolphins down a bit and add another TD to the scoreboard taking a 14-7 lead into the half.
Just before halftime, Center Dan Koppen injured his ankle and was carted off the field. Starting the 3rd quarter the Dolphins tried to take advantage by blitzing often. It paid off. They forced a rushed throw from Brady that got tipped and picked off. Shortly after, the dolphins scored on a 10-yard pass to Brian Hartline tying the game at 14. This is the point in the game when the Patriots really got things going. They outscored the Dolphins 24-3 over the next 20 minutes or so. They were able to do this by shutting down the Dolphins offense at the goal-line and by Brady just going off. Brady was non-stop throwing the ball and ended up with 517 yards on the game including a 99-yard TD pass to Welker. The Dolphins added a meaningless TD at the end of the game leaving us with a 38-24 final.
Brady was the story of the game. He couldn’t be stopped and was basically untouchable. His line provided excellent protection all game and his only mistake was an interception early in the 3rd quarter that was his first in 358 attempts. Aside from that, Brady earned himself a top-5 throwing performance yardage wise that did include a record setting 99-yard TD pass.
Overall, the Patriots offense looked pretty good while their defense looks like they need a little work. I was surprised to see how many yards the Pats defense allowed and was pretty disappointed. Chad Henne threw for over 400 yards against this above average defense. As for the newcomers, Chad Ochocinco was a non-factor for the most part, while Haynesworth and Ellis only added a few tackles combined.
The Patriots offense hasn’t skipped a beat, but their defense definitely needs some work. The Patriots have a much tougher matchup next week facing a very solid San Diego Chargers team. As for now, the Patriots are 1-0 and look good. Let’s carry that momentum into next week.
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Written by David Reid