Following a week of a lot of drama, the New England Patriots had to travel down to Miami face their demons in Hard Rock Stadium. Prior to Sunday’s game, Tom Brady had a record of 7-10 in Miami and it was finally time for revenge. The Patriots carried their strong defensive play from week one into this game and were able to hold a shutout against the Dolphins. The final score was 43-0 and the Patriots are now 2-0 heading into week three.
The Patriots’ defense played absolutely lights out against a below average Dolphins team. They held the Dolphins to 184 yards of total offense and had four turnovers. Through three quarters, Miami’s offense failed to break 40 yards of total offense. All four of their turnovers were interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. The Dolphins have been blown out at home in both of their first two games at home, so this win is not necessarily a surprise, but it is good for the Patriots to get the monkey off their back of not being able to win in Miami.
The offense played well, despite the injury to Isaiah Wynn that sidelined him for the two and a half quarters of the game. The Patriots said they were going to target newly acquired Antonio Brown “early and often” and thats what they did. Brown finished the day with four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown in his hometown of Miami, Florida. Sony Michel also had a nice day running the ball, he racked up 85 yards and was able to find the end zone. Brady finished the day 20-28 passing for 264 yards and two touchdowns with no turnovers. It was an overall solid performance for the offense, despite Sony Michel fumbling one time which Miami was able to recover. The Patriots did not open up the playbook as much as they would have liked due to the depleted offensive line, but they controlled the ball with long drives that ended in points.
Through two weeks, the Patriots have only allowed three points, their total point differential is now 76-3. They host the New York Jets next week and look to jump out to an early lead in the race for the AFC East. Isaiah Wynn’s injury may keep him on the sideline for a couple of weeks, it is an injury to his toe but not much information has been released regarding the severity of the injury. Marcus Cannon, who did not suit up for the game in Miami, also has a chance to play next week. He suffered a shoulder injury in the Steeleers’ game but traveled with the team to South Beach and even warmed up prior to the game before officially being listed as inactive before the game. They have until Sunday to heal up and get their offensive line back to full health, which could be a huge hinder to the team’s success. Brady is surrounded by his best group of weapons he’s ever had, but that could all go to waste if the offensive line has to deal with injuries all year. Depending on the seriousness of Wynn’s toe injury, there is the possibility of trading for Trent Williams, which was rumored during the offseason but the Redskins’ asking price was deemed too much for Belichick to pull the trigger. Now that the offensive line is seriously thin, especially at the tackle position, the Patriots may be in a position of desperation.
For now, we can enjoy another dominant win for the Patriots, and hope for the best for the guys who are injured. The Jets have some talent on the defensive line, so the Patriots’ O-line will be tested, regardless of who plays. The Patriots are currently tied with the Buffalo Bills for first place in the division at 2-0. If the defense continues to play at a high level, the Patriots have a good chance of winning the AFC East title and putting themselves in a good position for the playoffs. For now, it’s time to focus on the Jets.