The Patriots had a miserable first half offensively on Sunday and trailed the Dolphins 17-3 at the half after gaining just 25 yards.
Making matters worse was apparent swelling on quarterback Tom Brady’s right hand, which had been the source of interest since he was seen with a couple of fingers taped together on Saturday. Brady looked much better as the Patriots rolled up 24 points in the second half to win the game 27-17 and he said after the game that his hand felt “perfect” and “awesome” while questioning whether there was any swelling at all.
“I didn’t know anyone knows what the back of my right hand looks like, but it looks fine to me and it feels good,” Brady said in comments distributed by the team, “I’ll be out there next week; you don’t have to worry about that.”
It has been a grind for the Patriots offensively all season, but they’re still 6-2 and have to be encouraged by what their defense is doing on a weekly basis. They’ve got a healthy lead over the Dolphins and Bills with the Jets looking like they’re on their way to a loss in Cincinnati, which is a scenario that gives them some time to work out the kinks without risking their standing in the AFC East.