Patriots Vs. Dolphins Half Time Thoughts
As the New England Patriots head into the half of their Thursday night match up against the Miami Dolphins with a 19-0 lead, here are some thoughts from the first half of play.
Sack Attack- Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones had his way with the Miami offensive line in the early going. Jones had two sacks of Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill through the first two quarters, which gave him the league lead with 8.5. He also added two tackles for loss and two quarterback hits.
Dominating Defense- The New England defense has been solid through the first half of play tonight. The Dolphins offense that had put up 82 points in their p[previous two games, albeit against inferior opponents, has just 76 yards of total offense so far tonight. Also the only points they've manufactured are the two they gave up to the New England defense on a second quarter safety. The Patriots front seven have dominated the Miami offensive line and the secondary has made the plays when they've had to, including an interception by Logan Ryan.
Brady On Top- New England quarterback Tom Brady has had his way with the Dolphin defense, in the first half. Brady completed 17 of 24 passes for 213 yards and two scores. It looks like linebacker Chris McCain, who was a healthy scratch for tonight's game, and his #CrushBrady campaign are going to come up short.
He's Back- After missing Sunday's game with and abdomen injury, running back Dion Lewis is back in the backfield for New England tonight, and he's giving the Miami defense a lot of trouble. Lewis has two carries for zero yards on the night, but he's made six catches for 93 yards and a touchdown in the passing game. His pass catching skill set has given opponents issues all year long.
Spreading The Love- Brady is spreading the ball around to a host of receivers, as per usual. He's hit seven different receivers for at least one completion, with Lewis leading the way. Wide Receiver Brandon LaFell and tight end Rob Gronkowski each have three receptions as well, with Gronk snagging the other touchdown pass on a 47-yard catch and run on the team's first offensive series.
Cut Down On Penalties- The biggest thing stopping New England in the first half was seven penalties that cost the team 64 yards. Some of the calls were a bit questionable, but if the team can cut those out in the second half the score could get a lot uglier.
Record Books- With a 52-yard boot in the first half, New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski tied Adam Vinatieri for the team's record for most consecutive field goals made at 25.
Look for the Pats to keep pouring it on in the second half, as the revenge tour moves on.