Same Old Dolphins In Loss To New England

The Miami Dolphins had the New England Patriots reeling in the first half.  Behind the play of Matt Moore and Reggie Bush, the Dolphins opened the game to a 17 to nothing lead before giving the Patriots a field goal to go into halftime.  Bush, who entered the game needing just over 20 yards to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark on the season, took the Patriots porous defense to school and quickly gained the needed yards.

Bush’s 1,000 yard season is his first as an NFL player and marks the first time in Miami Dolphins’ history that they have had both a 1,000 yard receiver (Brandon Marshall) and rusher in the same season.  It all went for nothing after the halftime break as the team reverted back to it’s same old game play allowing the Patriots to get back into the game and eventually take the lead for good.

In the second half, the Patriots scored two touchdowns on Tom Brady‘s legs adding another through the air.  Despite a late game heroic attempt by Matt Moore who spent most of the second half scrambling for his life, Moore was left standing on the sideline as the final two minutes ticked off with the Dolphins defense on the field.  Moore led the team on a late game drive that ended with a TD pass to WR Davone Bess bringing the team to within three.

Interim head coach Todd Bowles opted to kick the ball away as opposed to going for the onside kick.  He had three time outs left.  More than the decision or non decision to kick an onside kick, the Dolphins failed to make any halftime adjustments opting instead to stay the course with what was working in the first half.  It didn’t work in the second half.

The loss means nothing for the Dolphins in the overall scheme of things.  Todd Bowles will find it harder to remain the permanent head coach and the Dolphins will still be looking for both a new HC and a franchise QB.  For New England, they clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

In terms of draft slotting, the Bills and Panthers both win and will move to 6 wins on the season leaving only Miami and Washington with five wins entering the final weekend of the season.  Of the teams in front of Miami, only Minnesota won moving to three wins on the season making the first overall pick slotted to either the Rams or Colts.  The Dolphins will remain, for this week, in the eighth spot.

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  • mmandia

    I thought they adjusted too much going into halftime. The entire 2nd half was 7 or 8 guys in coverage. The decision to stop blitzing is what ultimately cost the Dolphins this game. How can Nolan not recognize that letting Brady get cozy in the pocket is playing with fire and holding a gas can?

  • Lespaul

    Exactly….second half was a different team. No pass rush even with two tight end sets for NE. The offense just sucked…..Moore fell apart and crumbled under the pressure.

  • redteg02

    Very disappointing. I know the Dolphins could use a high draft pick, but watching them just dominate the Patriots in the 1st half was like Christmas come early. How great was it to see Brady frustrated and looking like he might actually be human after all?

    Then coming out of half they looked like the 0-7 team that they started as. They went back into their shell and tried so hard not to lose the game, rather than just win it. The defense sat back trying to be safe, rather than dictating to Brady what he could do and staying agressive. The offense went far more conservative and ran when they “should” and threw when they needed to, rather than keep the D off balance by mixing it up like in the 1st half.

    Oh well, at least Moore did like good enough. He may have faltered coming out in the 2nd half, but that last drive and some of those throws were really inspiring as to what he can do.