Patriots improve to 9-2 with 35-17 victory over Dolphins

AP

Remember when the Patriots were 2-2, with their 128 points allowed inviting questions about their defense? Yeah, well, that was a long, long time ago.

The Patriots won their seventh game in a row to improve to 9-2, with a three-game lead over the Bills in the AFC East. New England has not allowed more than 17 points in its past seven games.

The Dolphins scored 17 on Sunday, with one touchdown coming from their defense, but it wasn’t close to being enough. The Patriots had a workmanlike 35-17 win, leading from start to finish. New England had 417 yards to the Dolphins’ 221.

The victory guaranteed the Patriots of a winning record for a 17th consecutive season, breaking a tie with San Francisco (1983-98) and Dallas (1970-85) for the most consecutive winning seasons since the 1970 merger.

Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes, completing 18 of 28 passes for 227 yards. He also threw an interception to Bobby McCain, who later was ejected for throwing a punch at Danny Amendola. Brady was credited with a lost fumble that Reshad Jones returned 14 yards for a touchdown, but backup center Ted Karras snapped the ball before Brady was ready.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski caught five passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns, his 16th career multi-touchdown receiving game. That set a team record he had shared with Randy Moss. Brandin Cooks caught six passes for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Dion Lewis ran for 112 yards on 15 carries, and Rex Burkhead scored two touchdowns on 53 yards from scrimmage.

Dolphins backup quarterback Matt Moore completed 23 of 34 passes for 215 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

Miami lost its fifth game in a row to fall to 4-7.

53 responses to “Patriots improve to 9-2 with 35-17 victory over Dolphins

  1. Some things are just predictable, the Pats dispatch the dirty dollyfins, there will be endless weak division bs (even though the Pats have a higher win % outside of it, chipwib4lifeaarons will empty the sock puppet drawer while peeing down her leg and the Pats are on to Buffalo who looked good against KC today. It will be good to get a test against a legit NFL D.

  2. Offensive line has to do better but a win is a win. Lewis was great, Gronk and Cooks were unstoppable, and the defense once again holds a team to under 20 points. The Pats are on to Buffalo.

  3. If we are being honest the game wasn’t even that close but the refs kept it that way. Not the best day for the stripes. Oh well 🙂

  4. Another horribly officiated game. When I watch a college game it’s almost always well officiated. But this league can’t get anything right.

  5. Patriots made a few mistakes… the refs of course miss all kinds of dirty hits and holds by Dolphin players… and still the Dolphins got absolutely clown stomped. Tee hee. 🙂

    Get that charminy SOFT bunch of weaklings off our field and out of our stadium. Simply not worthy to hang with the World Champions.

    🙂

  6. Miami the worst offense in the NFL respectively put up 17 points. This is a third string QB mind you. If only NE could play a legit offense or a legit team for that matter.

  7. LyinRogerMustGo says:
    November 26, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    If we are being honest the game wasn’t even that close but the refs kept it that way.
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    I usually discount the ref comments but even with what they called on the dollyfins they were still getting away with murder out there. If Suh doesn’t get a fine for that uncalled facemask takedown of Lewis after what he got away with doing to Mallett there can be little doubt of Ross’ most favored nation status as one of Goodell’s primary butt kissers. If Ross was still on the competition committee between him, Blank, Mara and McNair Roger would be making $100M per year.

  8. Typical AFCE slugfest. Injuries, penalties and lost tempers are the norm.

    That said, without those two first half turnovers, the final may have been 62-0

  9. I usually discount the ref comments but even with what they called on the dollyfins they were still getting away with murder out there. If Suh doesn’t get a fine for that uncalled facemask takedown of Lewis after what he got away with doing to Mallett there can be little doubt of Ross’ most favored nation status as one of Goodell’s primary butt kissers. If Ross was still on the competition committee between him, Blank, Mara and McNair Roger would be making $100M per year.

    ***

    Shula has the unbeaten record, not belichick

  10. Some other points of potential interest.

    Tom Brady does not care but some fans might be interested to learn that Brady set records today for most touchdown passes in a season for a QB over 40, and most wins as a starter for a QB over 40.

    More records to follow.

  11. patscheat15 says:
    November 26, 2017 at 4:55 pm
    Miami the worst offense in the NFL respectively put up 17 points. This is a third string QB mind you. If only NE could play a legit offense or a legit team for that matter.

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    Its not the Patriots fault that even good teams tend not to look ‘legit’ when playing against them. Oh wait, it sort of is.

  12. Like I said wibb22 is so jealous of the Patriots he comments about them on other articles that have NOTHING to do with the Patriots

    From Talib and Crabtree articles

    wib22 says:
    November 26, 2017 at 5:01 pm
    Once a patriot…

    Can you say JEALOUSY

  13. wib22 says:
    November 26, 2017 at 4:35 pm
    Eagles and Vikings are better teams.

    Brady’s cupcake schedule will be ending soon.

    ———————
    You are right, so far hes been mostly playing other divisions, he has to play the AFC east next.

  14. patscheat15 says:
    November 26, 2017 at 4:55 pm
    Miami the worst offense in the NFL respectively put up 17 points. This is a third string QB mind you. If only NE could play a legit offense or a legit team for that matter.

    Actually dummy Miami only put up 10 points on offense the other 7 came from the defense

    So as usual the jealous crybabies get it wrong, again!

  15. patscheat15 says:
    November 26, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Miami the worst offense in the NFL respectively put up 17 points
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    10 chip, their very offensive OFFENSE put up 10. We know the game you see is different from the one everyone else does but if it’s that different you should at least try reading the box score before commenting.

  16. Wib22, patscheat15 and their other aliases are just further proof that Patriots haters truly are the dumbest people on the planet. More like broken bots with the lack of facts & originality.

  17. NFL puts the schedule out and the Patriots go out and get the job done. No excuses! Cupcake!

  18. “Beating the MINNOWS is not something you should be bragging about.”

    Lolz that’s probably true Bill. In fact you reminded me that during the game I had the thought that aren’t Dolphins mammals, and aren’t all mammals supposed to have a spine? The Fins sure looked spineless today as the Pats walked all over them.

  19. This is a SB caliber defense folks. I don’t see how the Patriots lose another game this season. 17-2 record is almost guaranteed at this point.

  20. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 26, 2017 at 5:41 pm
    This is a SB caliber defense folks. I don’t see how the Patriots lose another game this season. 17-2 record is almost guaranteed at this point.

    #fakepatriotsfan

  21. wib22 says:
    November 26, 2017 at 4:35 pm
    “Eagles and Vikings are better teams.

    Brady’s cupcake schedule will be ending soon.”

    The Pats broke the record for consecutive winning seasons(17 and counting) they have been to 7 consecutive AFC championship games( and counting).if I wasn’t a Pats fan, I guess id be peeved too.

    Wib22 defines crybaby.

  22. superpatriotsfan says:
    November 26, 2017 at 5:45 pm
    Another cupcake schedule for the Patriots.

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    This is because the Patriots are the only team that can sustain greatness year in and year out, the other teams simply flash once in a while. So each year as the NFL tries to create great matchups they schedule the Patriors, who will have finished at or near the top against other teams that finished at or near the top. The problem is the other teams are just flashes so by the time the game comes around they stink and the Patriots crush them. It does happen that way a lot. Every year when they set that schedule the haters are thrilled and start circling the games where the Patriots are supposedly going to get their’s. This year the back to back games was everybody’s big hope. We read all offseason and into earlier this year how the Patriots were going to get spanked in both of them and all the haters were excited. But it didnt turn out that way, by the time the game days arrived neither opponent was any good any more. But dont blame the Patriots, all they do is show up where they are schefuled and do their job.

  23. Wib22, patscheat15, DuperPatriotsfan, and any of Chippy’s acvounts. Do you guys have any team that you root for that you tune in each week hoping to see them win? Or is your whole point of following football at all to just tune in each week hoping to see the Patriots lose? Since I think football is a great sport to be celebrated and enjoyed I just have trouble picturing only watching it in the hopes of seeing a negative.

  24. End the COMMITMENT TO IRRELEVANCE! FIRE ADAM GASE! FIRE MATT BURKE AKA DUCK DYNASTY! SELL THE TEAM, STEVEN “LOSS” BECAUSE FANS SOUND LIKE JIM “PLAYOFFS!” MORA!

  25. wib22 says:
    November 26, 2017 at 4:35 pm
    Eagles and Vikings are better teams.

    Brady’s cupcake schedule will be ending soon.
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    You sir are a true friend of the crown….. you keep us Patriots fans ENTERTAINED ON A REGULAR BASIS….DILLY DILLY!!!

  26. stipez says:
    November 26, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Who has Philly played? Oh yeah the Jets, lost to them. THEY got Seahawks and Rams coming.
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    Unfortunate for Philly that they don’t get to play the Jets twice a year every year huh.

  27. skawh says:
    November 26, 2017 at 7:36 pm
    Unfortunate for Philly that they don’t get to play the Jets twice a year every year huh.
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    They don’t get to play in the cupcake NFCW either. That pathetic collection has been the worst in football for the past decade. The Niners are the browns west, the rams are finally relevant for the first time in forever and AZ is…Az. An entire division made up of the shehawks and the Sisters of the Poor.

  28. dolphincritic says:
    November 26, 2017 at 6:16 pm
    We were trounced! It was painful to watch the dolphins. I think I will root for the steelers.

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    Naw, stick by the Dolphins. Its times like these that make the good times taste so good when they come.

    Patriots fans know your pain. We have been there done that and it lasted for decades. Thats why we appreciate the last 16 years as much as we do. Its why when things finally swing the other way as we all know has to happen someday we will not be crying we will simply be thankful for what we got.

  29. patscheat15 says:
    November 26, 2017 at 4:55 pm
    Miami the worst offense in the NFL respectively put up 17 points. This is a third string QB mind you. If only NE could play a legit offense or a legit team for that matter.
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    No, the Miami offense scored only 10. One of those scores was the TD recovery of an errant snap in a shotgun by a guy playing his second game at center. Ever.

  30. skawh says:
    November 26, 2017 at 7:36 pm
    Unfortunate for Philly that they don’t get to play the Jets twice a year every year huh.

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    Philly is in the NFC East which has a lower winning percentage than the AFC East. They also have the Giants in their division to play twice. Personally I would rather play this years Giants more than this years Jets.

    By the way, Seattle is in the NFC West which also has a lower winning percentage than the AFC East.

  31. Patriots are so good, just hope Buffalo can make it a great game next week and play defense like they did today, difference is, it’s Brady, not Alex Smith. Would love to pull the upset, at least we are home, see what happens.

  32. Wib22, patscheat15, DuperPatriotsfan, and any of Chippy’s acvounts. Do you guys have any team that you root for that you tune in each week hoping to see them win? Or is your whole point of following football at all to just tune in each week hoping to see the Patriots lose? Since I think football is a great sport to be celebrated and enjoyed I just have trouble picturing only watching it in the hopes of seeing a negative.
    ____________

    He (or they) is such a small minded, pathetic little tool bag, which he proves in every Patriots-related post. He’s like a stalker, except that instead of being scary, he’s a joke.

  33. Flash1287 says:
    November 26, 2017 at 5:45 pm
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 26, 2017 at 5:41 pm
    This is a SB caliber defense folks. I don’t see how the Patriots lose another game this season. 17-2 record is almost guaranteed at this point.

    #fakepatriotsfan
    _________________________________

    I was trying to explain to my wife last night that there is someone who trolls Patriot posts commenting positive things about the Pats to try to get upvotes.

    She looked at me like I was crazy, but then I explained the whole story.

  34. wib22 says:

    November 26, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Eagles and Vikings are better teams.

    Brady’s cupcake schedule will be ending soon.

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    Too bad the defending champion Patriots are playing a first place schedule yet again and went 3-1 against the NFC South, the best division win-wise in the NFL. And the AFC East is tied for second in division wins. Other than that, spot on!

  35. patscheat15 says:

    November 26, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Miami the worst offense in the NFL respectively put up 17 points. This is a third string QB mind you. If only NE could play a legit offense or a legit team for that matter.

    ====================

    Going into yesterday, Brady was only 4-3 against Miami since ’13. They often give the Pats trouble, even when their records are very different. And Matt Moore right now is a much better QB than Cutler and Tannenhill, not disputable.

  36. skawh says:
    November 26, 2017 at 7:36 pm
    Unfortunate for Philly that they don’t get to play the Jets twice a year every year huh.

    ==============

    Unfortunately for the Pats, they have played a first place schedule almost every year since ’02. And they went 3-1 this year against the best division in NFL in the NFC South.

  37. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    November 26, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    This is a SB caliber defense folks. I don’t see how the Patriots lose another game this season. 17-2 record is almost guaranteed at this point.

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    Ok, Dan Shaughnessy. Sound like you already wrote half of your “Pats are overrated, see I told you so” blog, ready to post if the Pats stumble. They haven’t hit their stride yet, December-January is their real season.

  38. veddermn8 says:
    November 27, 2017 at 11:15 am
    patscheat15 says:

    November 26, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Miami the worst offense in the NFL respectively put up 17 points. This is a third string QB mind you. If only NE could play a legit offense or a legit team for that matter
    —————
    Actually, Miami’s offense only put up 10 if you were watching. Their only offensive touchdown came in garbage time during the 4th qtr.

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