Foxboro, MA - The New England Patriots were able to pull out a 27-17 win over the Miami Dolphins this afternoon, but it was a very good game all the way through. Miami outscored the Patriots 17-3 in the first half, but allowed 24 consecutive points to be scored in the second half. These two teams were expected to compete with each other for the AFC East division title, but currently the Patriots are beginning to run away with it.
Ryan Tannehill had a fairly rough game today with two touchdowns and 192 yards, but he also threw two interceptions. He started off the season extremely strong, but now has tapered off the last few weeks. Lamar Miller came through with a very good game for a change, carrying the football 18 times for 89 yards. Miller will need to step up in a big way on the ground if the Dolphins want a chance to compete down the stretch of the season. Mike Wallace led the way for the Dolphins in receiving with three catches for 41 yards.
Tom Brady had a rough game this evening as well, passing for one touchdown on 116 yards and an interception. Without his corps of wide receivers, he has been struggling quite a bit this season. Stevan Ridley led the way for the Patriots on the ground with 79 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. Aaron Dobson was the Patriots’ lead wide receiver with four catches for 60 yards and a touchdown as well.
Overall, the New England Patriots won the game, but they certainly did not look pretty in the effort. There are obvious flaws in their offense for the first time in a few years, and their defense isn’t going to be enough to get them past the elite AFC and NFC teams. Miami has a lot of work to do to become a competitor, but they do have potential. Both of these teams could be competitors as the season continues on.
Evan Massey is an Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.