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Patriots in big trouble against Dolphins

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Don’t give the No. 1 seed in the AFC to the Patriots just yet.

Miami leads 17-0 midway through the second quarter on Sunday. Matt Moore has thrown a few nice deep balls, and the Patriots defense made a pair of huge pass interference penalties to extend one Dolphins drive.

On offense, New England has only one offensive line starter in his usual spot. Both starting tackles are out, and guard Logan Mankins got hurt during the first half. Tom Brady is 3-for-13 for 37 yards.  The Patriots have punted five times.

The Texans loss on Thursday night looms large now. The Patriots could afford to lose one game and still get a playoff bye.

But they need a big rally to keep control of that No. 1 seed in the AFC.

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13 Responses to “Patriots in big trouble against Dolphins”
  1. phillyphever says: Dec 24, 2011 2:13 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but if NE loses today, Baltimore has the driver’s seat for the #1 seed.

  2. khuxford says: Dec 24, 2011 2:14 PM

    :)

  3. khuxford says: Dec 24, 2011 2:18 PM

    Of course, as soon as I smile at their misfortune, Cruz goes 99 yards against my Jets. Karma is a bitch.

  4. phadedwun says: Dec 24, 2011 2:19 PM

    Say what you will about the Dolphins and not being a good team..

    But it seems like every year they bring the fight to the Patriots.

  5. gonzolo4 says: Dec 24, 2011 2:29 PM

    I know the dolphins are playing themselves out of a top 10 pic(which means no top tier QB) but damn am I glad to see them play some good football. The pieces are in play for a bright future, we just need a legit QB, maybe Peyton Manning from Indy?, he might only have 2-3 seasons left in him…..if his neck is healed

  6. damko12 says: Dec 24, 2011 2:36 PM

    Dolphins playing really good no excuses good job.
    Pats fan.

  7. randomguy9999 says: Dec 24, 2011 2:45 PM

    Brady is getting the lesson that Marino got for years…. O line makes or breaks everything…..

  8. habsman says: Dec 24, 2011 2:46 PM

    I don’t see too much wrong with the QB you got right now. You guys really putting it to the Pats. Brady has zero time to pass. Good job Fins.

  9. Soulman45 says: Dec 24, 2011 2:50 PM

    New England is in trouble it hard to win with no O-line feel sorry for Brady.

  10. steelersownyou says: Dec 24, 2011 2:51 PM

    Only QB in league that can play good behind a bad O-line is big ben! Don’t attempt it brady. Leave that to the trained professional!

  11. Reggie's Bush says: Dec 24, 2011 3:03 PM

    This is the team ahead of the Saints in your power rankings?

    Sorry, I’m just bitter.

  12. bellichickshoody says: Dec 24, 2011 5:38 PM

    C’mon man, you didn’t think BB would allow the fins to win it FB did you?

    Perhaps “rosey” has a concussion. Lets hire an independent neurologist to find out?

  13. aharris230 says: Dec 25, 2011 11:35 AM

    As a Dolphins fan, that meltdown in the second half was hard to swallow. The defense just collapsed, and after getting a ton of pressure on Brady in the first half, there was zero pressure on his in the second. It would have been a useless win for the Fins, so it’s not the end of world. I’m just glad that the Dolphins were able to compete with one of the best teams in the league. I like the Dolphins prospects next year if they can trade up for RG3 or Luck, improve the OL, and the defense continues to improve.

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