Patriots do a lot of running, Dolphins lead 10-3 at half

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The Patriots didn’t wait to take a lead over the Dolphins to start trying to run out the clock on Sunday afternoon.

New England’s offensive game plan has been heavy on the ground game through the first two quarters with 20 rushing attempts against just five passes for Tom Brady. That made for a quick first half, but it hasn’t helped the Patriots move closer to a win that would cinch up home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

The Dolphins lead 10-3 after Ryan Tannehill and DeVante Parker hooked up for a 14-yard touchdown with 36 seconds left to play in the second quarter. The score came after a rare missed field goal by Stephen Gostkowski cost the Patriots a chance to grab the lead for the first time in the game. The Dolphins also missed a field goal in the first half, which kept them from doing more with a 193-83 edge in offensive yards.

Steven Jackson, Brandon Bolden and James White have all gotten carries for the Patriots, who had a bit of a scare in the second quarter when Brady came up flexing his ankle after an awkward shot from Ndamukong Suh. Jimmy Garoppolo warmed up briefly on the sideline, but Brady didn’t miss a play.

Give the run-heavy game plan and the consequences of a Brady injury, that was a bit surprising so we’ll see if Bill Belichick sticks with the starter in the second half or if Garoppolo will get a chance to hand the ball off.

29 responses to “Patriots do a lot of running, Dolphins lead 10-3 at half

  1. They deserve to lose with how conservatively they’ve played these last two weeks. I know they have injuries but this is over-compensating.

  2. Pats may come back to win but does any team in the AFC look unbeatable?
    The AFC playoffs are wide open this year.

  3. even if everyone is back healthy if you can’t score a 46 yd fg or get off the field on 3rd & long against Miami you are going nowhere in the playoffs. I can only be pleasantly surprised at this point.

  4. “I TOLD YOU SO”

    Patriots OLine cannot run the ball, much less protect Brady.
    Signing Jackson was a complete waste.
    BB & KRAFT royally screwed Brady & the Team by not addressing what needed to be fixed.
    PATCHWORK will not get you through the Playoffs.

    PATRIOTS need a GM that does not kiss Bills’ rings and instead addresses the needs of the Team to:
    #1.) Protect Brady and be Strong enough to have a serious running game.
    #2.) Strengthen the secondary that, year after year, is weak against pass protection. How many times have we seen teams throw the ball on 3rd & 15 against the weak Pats secondary and got the 1st Down. The Jets marched down field on the Pats is OT and scored with EASE. It happened to the Patriots in the SB against the Giants.
    It happened against the Broncos this year.
    Pats secondary will always come up short on pass protection in games that are crucial.

  5. Jackson cannot open holes up by himself. Signing him was a complete waste and a MOST critical time of the year with all the injuries.

    Kraft should of called an EMERGENCY meeting and demanded that the scouting personnel find players from practice squads or undrafted that could help this injured team.

    OLD Players will NOT rejuvenate and injured weak OLine and secondary.

  6. brianav036 says:
    Jan 3, 2016 2:33 PM
    “Miamu is doing what they do best….Winning a meaningless game and losing critical draft position…. Par for the course.”

    *

    This Dolphins fan sadly agrees with you.

  7. solo681 says:
    Jan 3, 2016 2:31 PM
    “I TOLD YOU SO”

    Patriots OLine cannot run the ball, much less protect Brady.
    Signing Jackson was a complete waste.
    BB & KRAFT royally screwed Brady & the Team by not addressing what needed to be fixed.
    PATCHWORK will not get you through the Playoffs.

    PATRIOTS need a GM that does not kiss Bills’ rings and instead addresses the needs of the Team to…
    …Pats secondary will always come up short on pass protection in games that are crucial.
    _________________

    Seems to me it was Seattle’s offense that came up short in the most recent ‘crucial’ game I can remember. “BB & KRAFT” have done okay for the last 15 years in my book, lol

  8. solo681 says:
    Jan 3, 2016 2:38 PM
    Jackson cannot open holes up by himself. Signing him was a complete waste and a MOST critical time of the year with all the injuries.

    Kraft should of called an EMERGENCY meeting and demanded that the scouting personnel find players from practice squads or undrafted that could help this injured team.

    OLD Players will NOT rejuvenate and injured weak OLine and secondary.
    _____________

    Not sure if troll or someone that needs to back away from the last of the left over egg nog

  9. Belichick is getting the offense prepared for mid-January football in Foxboro while keeping injuries to a minimum. Steven Jackson tasting paydirt is going to pay dividends in the playoffs. I like this approach and can’t understand the negative comments.
    Any time the Patriots want to turn it on they’ll smoke these Fins.

  10. Seems to me it was Seattle’s offense that came up short in the most recent ‘crucial’ game I can remember. “BB & KRAFT” have done okay for the last 15 years in my book,
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    First off, the Pats secondary was defending a pass more then 5 yards, which they are good at.

    Secondaly, Butler was not defending a pss but instead ‘Jumped the Route’ as it was in front of him and a split second decision, which he was READY FOR !!!

    Thirdly – As BB would say – Those Pats Wins are in the PAST and have no relevance to the Playoffs in front of them.

    As a GM, the job is too ‘SEE’ what everyone else on here is NOT SEEING, and to FIX what the coaches are not fixing = Personnel DEFICIENCIES.

  11. First off, the Pats secondary was defending a pass more then 5 yards, which they are good at.

    Correction : less the 5 yards

  12. “I TOLD YOU SO”

    You can put all the thumbs down as you like –

    But the outcome will not change, and my assessment is accurate & correct.

    The Patriots will not get to the SB with ‘Patchwork old players’.
    BB & Kraft mismanaged the Team Personnel this year instead of going ‘ALL OUT’ to strengthen the OLine, Protect Brady, Give him some 1st string WR’s that can spread the field and did this BEFORE the Trade deadline.

    When the amount of injuries came up as they did, an EMERGENCY MEETING was in order. BB & Kraft FAILED to see the ‘Writing on the Wall’ and make necessary concessions.

    As a result of this mismanagement we see the PATRIOTS as a one & done Playoffs or at most they make it to the AFCCG and are out.

  13. Plain facts: The Scats CAN’T run the ball. The Scats CAN’T finesse wins anymore. The Scats aren’t tough and fold when confronted with smash mouth football. Facts.

  14. Looks to me like Patricia should have plugged Grissom’s ears and told him to go until he levels Tannehill one time. That would put an end to the Miami cheap shots.

    Not even on a third string center playing Lol.

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