MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — That was about as bad as it gets for a Patriots.
They enter a 2014 deteriorate with Super Bowl aspirations, though looked like they were still in preseason mode in Sunday’s 33-20 detriment to a Dolphins.
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After a clever beginning, in that a Patriots took a 20-10 lead into halftime, a Patriots in a second half played maybe their misfortune half of football in a Bill Belichick era.
They authorised 20 unanswered points. They authorised 4 sacks, and incited a round over twice, both Brady sack-fumbles. They let a Dolphins normal 5.5 yards per carry. They gained 30 sum yards in a second half, and didn’t score. They also had a punt blocked in a initial quarter, and for a diversion were flagged 9 times for 100 yards, including 3 penalties for roughing a passer.
It’s usually one loss, and a Dolphins typically play a Patriots tough in Miami. But this was as nauseous as it gets for a Patriots, who mislaid for a initial time in 62 games when forcing 3 turnovers. Suddenly, this Patriots group looks like it has a lot of holes.
Some quick-hit observations:
■ The descent line has vital issues. They couldn’t settle on possibly Dan Connolly or Ryan Wendell during center, and possibly Connolly or Jordan Devey during right guard. They were pushed around by a Dolphins’ front 7 in a second half and authorised 4 sacks, and a Patriots usually rushed for 77 yards for a game. Nate Solder also continued his unsuitable play from a preseason and authorised a bad sack, and Sebastian Vollmer had no possibility opposite Cameron Wake.
The Dolphins have a good defense, though this is really disconcerting.Why again did they trade divided Logan Mankins?
■ Tom Brady still struggles to chuck a low round — even a 44-yarder that Julian Edelman held was underthrown. He threw a whopping 29 times in a initial half, and while he usually averaged 6.45 yards per attempt, he finished 19 of them, kept a bondage relocating and racked adult 187 yards. In a second half, he was using from defenders a whole time, and he was totally out of sorts. He had Edelman open on a large third-and-9 play though overthrew him badly.
■ The Patriots struggled to pierce a round in a second half, and that was with a Dolphins blank all 3 of their starting linebackers.
■ Not usually did Darrelle Revis play left cornerback on all though one snap, he mostly played off-coverage. Didn’t see him play much, if any, strike and run. He was targeted twice in a initial half — a 22-yard accepting for Mike Wallace, and an incompletion to Wallace that would’ve been a touchdown if Ryan Tannehill’s pass wasn’t too far. Revis was targeted usually once in a third quarter, a touchdown to Wallace in that Revis indeed got a palm on a round and deflected it into Wallace’s mitts. Revis had a good pass deflection on a third down early in a fourth quarter. Revis lonesome all a Dolphins’ tip receivers — Wallace, Brian Hartline, Charles Clay, and Brandon Gibson. Only Wallace was targeted.
■ The pass rushers need to work on aiming reduce on a quarterback, as a Patriots were flagged 3 times for roughing a passer. Donta Hightower’s chastisement was flattering weak, though Chandler Jones got destitute twice for attack Tannehill in a head/face area. That’s 45 essential chastisement yards.
■ Rob Gronkowski held a touchdown, though didn’t have most of an impact. He usually played one snap in a third entertain and finished with 4 catches for 40 yards. Impressive that he played, though it’s going to take him some time to get back.
■ Pretty tender with a Dolphins’ offense underneath new descent coordinator Bill Lazor. Created some good advantages in a run diversion — a Dolphins averaged over 5.5 yards per lift — kept a Patriots off change and didn’t punt until early in a fourth quarter.
■ Also credit Joe Philbin and a Dolphins’ coaching staff for creation adjustments on both sides of a round in a second half and violence Belichick during his possess game. This was a consummate beatdown by a Dolphins, who were personification though all 3 linebackers and their starting core and giveaway safety.
■ The invulnerability was bailed out by Tannehill’s inaccuracy. He should’ve had an easy touchdown to Lamar Miller though threw good behind him. Tannehill also terribly underthrew one pass for an interception by Alfonzo Dennard.
■ The invulnerability also looked gassed entrance out of halftime. They let a Dolphins impetus down a margin on 3 true drives for 13 points, and let Miller and Knowshon Moreno slice off outrageous chunks. Vince Wilfork and Joe Vellano were pushed around on run defense, and Jerod Mayo looked a step slow. And this was opposite a Dolphins descent line that was a misfortune in a joining final year and has 5 new starters.
■ The special teams were surprisingly messy. The initial punt was a disaster — Danny Aiken with a low snap, Nate Ebner and Rob Ninkovich blank their blocks, and Ryan Allen’s flog removing blocked. The Patriots also were offsides on a opening kickoff of a second half, Julian Edelman muffed a punt, and one of Stephen Gostkowski’s kickoffs was mis-hit.