Patriots Stiffen Up Battle Back To Beat Rival Dolphins.

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192     : Team Stats :    116

23   : First Downs :    19      

    192    : Passing Yards :   116.    

89    : Rushing Yards :    79

7-61   : Penalties :   5-35

  4   : Punts :    5

34:59  : Time of Possession :   25:01

Game Final:

17-27-W

The New England patriots played a division rival and a team that some professional NFL analyst insisted would come out the AFC on top of the New England Patriots in the Miami Dolphins. The game presented a challenge for a depleted Patriots team and were the potential underdogs of the matchup. These two teams clashed in a 1:00 meeting and it was not for cheese and crackers.

kkThe Patriots kept their NFL turnover streak alive with 4 forced turnovers and one other not so positive streak of loosing a key player in consecutive games. So far this year the Patriots have lost Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo, and Adrian Wilson to season ending injuries while guys like Aqib Talib and Tom Kelly may soon come back more injuries to the Patriots offensive line keep mounting up Seabastian Vollmer could find himself on IR with a potentially serious leg injury.

The Tom Brady Led offense that usually throws up 30+ points a game is becoming some-what a thing of the Past. Brady throwing for only 25 yards in the first half was his 3rd lowest of his career while the other two times were in the earlier portion of his career. He opened up the game with an interception as well this could be due to multiple things but to name a few it could be the lack of an outside threat, the inconsistency within his offense with guys always in and out due to injury, or the fact that Tom Brady has been playing for a few weeks on a swollen hand with an unknown injury that he has been trying to work through.

NFL: Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots

Although the Patriots did not play exactly perfect defensively they did enough to keep the game in reach for the offense to make something happen. Logan Ryan has been a tasteful injection into a thin secondary the rookie has forced turnovers in back to back weeks and up’d the ante today with a bigger role in coverage and blitzing packages seemed that he held his end. Chandler Jones has been on an absolute tear since the beginning of the season and incredibly he is still progressing at the halfway point of the year he even blocked a field goal that sealed the game but the highlight of the defense had to be the beautiful play where Devin McCourty tapped the ball to the often cut and resigned cornerback Marquice Cole for a beautiful interception.

The Miami Dolphins quietly had a great first half. Scoring two quick touchdowns and their defense coming to play it felt as if they may be able to take the game from the struggling Patriots. The second half of the game was by far a completely different approach. the Patriots ran off 24 unanswered points against a good Dolphins defense and ultimately finished off this gritty game and got the win.

The New England Patriots face the Pittsburgh Steelers and then have a bye and the trade deadline is looming. 

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