Dolphins Lose to the Patriots 35-17
In a must win game to keep their playoff chances alive, the Miami Dolphins lose to the Patriots in a 35-17 beating in Foxboro. It wasn’t pretty. The Patriots dominated every aspect of the game throughout and the Dolphins couldn’t muster enough offense to keep up with the division leading New England.
The loss, 5th in the row for Miami, essentially ended the Dolphins quest for a playoff berth. While still technically in the hunt, the Dolphins would have to face a lot of obstacles just to make it to a wild card spot.
The struggles for the Dolphins offense continued with Matt Moore as the quarterback with Jay Cutler out due to being in concussion protocol. The offensive line gave up seven sacks while the entire offense didn’t even muster 300 total yards of offense. Moore was 23 for 34 with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Damien Williams led all rushers with 38 yards. The Dolphins running attacked was also reduced to only Kenyan Drake due to injuries to both Williams and Senorise Perry.
While the Dolphins offense sputtered in mediocrity, the Patriots offense carved up the Dolphins defense for over 400 yards of total offense. Tom Brady threw for 4 touchdowns while Dion Lewis ran for 112 yards on 15 carries.
While he Dolphins defense was only able to muster one sack, but they provided consistent pressure and hit Brady numerous times throughout the game. Prior to being ejected from the game for game misconduct, Bobby McCain intercepted Tom Brady and Reshad Jones returned a fumble for touchdown which were the only real highlights from the defense. Brady was sharp in picking his targets and with the running game working, the Patriots were able to effectively use play action against a tired Dolphins defense.
Afterwards head coach Adam Gase verbalized that the issues that the Dolphins are having are fixable issues. With only a handful of games left, the Dolphins need to correct those issues quickly or the losses will continue to pile up.
Up next for the Dolphins are the Denver Broncos, who come down to Hard Rock Stadium on December 3rd.