This was a very uncharacteristic game for the Pats. The offense was lack luster, the defense was near dominant, and they did not even get 25 points after averaging over 50 in the last few. The pass game just did not seem right because the Dolphins were getting so much pressure.
It seemed as if someone in white was hanging on Brady all day. He was barley over 50%, barley over 200 yards, one TD and one pick. Not exactly a Bradyesk day, although Welker did drop a for sure TD, Brady had a bad overthrow and a few plain old misses. Hernendez had a good game, and Welker was breaking records (10 receptions in the first half surpassing Jerry Rice for first half receptions), but the passing game was just not what it usually is.
Luckily, Ridley had a just good enough game. He finished with 71 yards and an early TD score. But it was the defense that won this game. As I said, the best rushing defense in the NFL held Bush in check (under 75 yards), and the passing defense was not to shabby as well. Although Brady was getting plenty of pressure, so was Tannehill from Wilfork and veteran pick up Trevor Scott. Annoying rookie QB’s seems to be Bellichick’s speciality.
The Dolphins always play the Pats tough and I should have not predicted a blow out, but the W gets them one step closer to that first round bye (who they are competing with Denver for). But they have the tie breaker and as long as they only lose one more, to Houston, they should be all lined up for a first round bye and their first playoff game will be against Baltimore. Pats won 23-16.
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Written by Adam Sharp
I have always loved The Pats and I have always loved writing.