The New England Patriots dominated in Miami today shutting out the Dolphins with a final score of 43 to 0. With wide receiver Antonio Brown now in the starting line up, the sky is the limit for the reigning Superbowl champs.
Speculation has run rampant about whether Brown would be a team player or not (which is a must-have character trait for the dynasty team) since he signed with them last Saturday. Today’s game can put some of those fears to rest as the entire team worked together to form one unstoppable force.
In the Patriot’s opening drive, quarterback Tom Brady connected with Brown three times resulting in first downs, but it was Sony Michel who ran the ball in for a TD…and this within the first 4 minutes of the game! While Brown totaled an impressive 56 yards of pass receptions (including one touchdown reception), he was not the only star of the show on the offense.
Sony Michel rushed for 85 yards, and former Superbowl VIP Julian Edelman ate up 51 yards in pass receptions. I think it is safe to say all of the Patriots are hungry this year! LaCosse, Dorsett, and White added to the foray along with Burkhead who caught the longest pass reception of the day with 32 yards.
QB Tom Brady (aka the GOAT) lived up to his name connecting 20 out of 28 pass attempts with 264 passing yards and two touchdowns. On the other hand, even though Brady was on point, he did spend time warming the bench as the Pat’s defense took over some of the responsibility of the offense- in the form of defensive touchdowns.
There was not only one, but two pick 6’s in today’s game. Both interceptions coming in the 4th quarter was the icing on an already sticky cake for the Dolphins who struggled to move the ball downfield. The Dolphin’s quarterback Fitzpatrick, who seemed to struggle to find any protection from the Patriot’s defense, was not the only issue the team had. In fact, the QB did show he had the ability to get the ball out of his hands, but he was unable to connect with his receivers resulting in dropped or fumbled balls.
Not only were there a shocking amount of dropped passes for Miami’s offense, but the Patriots managed to sack the QB a total of 7 times; 2 of those sacks were courtesy of Adam Butler and 1 and an assist from Chase Winovich. To say FitzPatrick was a sad sack after the game is an understatement! Especially after Collins swallowed two interceptions, and McCourty and Gilmore intercepted one pass apiece.
The Patriots are now 2 and 0 going into game 3 of the 2019 NFL season. During the post-game interview, head coach Bill Belichick was his normal ecstatic self while he explained how far the team still needs to go. The reason for his stoic behavior may have something to do with the only disappointment of the day, however. Kicker Rob Gostkowski had the worst game of his career with two extra points missed and one wide field goal.
It will be interesting to see if Gostkowski starts next week against the Jets. Either way, Tom Brady and Co will face New York at home, and it’s shaping up to look like another projected win for New England. Stay tuned for next week!
Written By Shannon MacDevine