New England Patriots 20 Miami Dolphins 27
What an absolute shambles. Seriously, this was a ridiculous game. This was like a flashback to watching Man City games in like 2005 when they couldn’t score if their lives depended on it. Tom Brady is now 7-9 in his career in Miami. That’s a freakin’ Jeff Fisher record and not what you expect from a team trying to win the god damn Superbowl every year. This was by far the worst performance by not just Brady but the whole team since that big Kansas City fiasco in Week 4 of the 2014 season.
On the third offensive play for the Patriots, Tom Brady was picked off by Xavien Howard, who was without doubt the player of the game as he would go on to pick off Brady a second time in the game on an underthrown pass from the future hall of famer. Without Edelman and without Gronk, Cooks was meant to be ‘The Guy’ in this game. He wasn’t, he went missing. Shut down by Howard on the perimeter, Cooks could not get any separation and wasn’t helped by the fact Brady’s accuracy was clearly off in this game.
Normally, Patriots games will feature a number of great Brady throws, however this game was limited to only a couple of good spots for the offense. Two of the biggest chunk plays the offense had came on pass interference calls rather than completions. Of all his throws, two are memorable. There was a good throw to Cooks on a completion very late in the game, and there was an overthrown ball to Dion Lewis which Lewis was able to haul in on a spectacular catch. In the end, the Patriots ended up throwing deep shots down the field with most of the time, nothing coming of it.
The most embarrassing statistic of the night has to be that the Patriots went 0-for-11 on third down. They didn’t convert a single third down, in an entire game, against the third place Dolphins. This was a god damn horror show. I switched shifts with someone in order to be able to stay up for this game and be able to get a decent sleep after it. I stayed up until five in the freakin’ morning to watch this? No no no, the Patriots are supposed to be my security blanket. When Man City come down to earth and when the Red Sox continue to screw up this offseason by doing absolutely NOTHING, I’ve always got the Patriots to give me a win and a belief that things are okay. Well, they’re not.
In this game, Miami might have just given the rest of the league a formula on how to beat the Pats. Remember, in the last two games the Pats lost, they still put up at least 27 points in both. This time round, they were lucky to get anywhere near the 20 points they did muster. Hopefully, this just makes the Patriots angry and they’ll go into Heinz Field in the biggest game of the season and absolutely destroy the Steelers with a rested, returning Rob Gronkowski.
On the other side of the ball, the defence sucked. It looked like Week 4 all over again. They made Jay Cutler look good. I find that personally offensive.
I don’t want to talk about this game anymore, it just fills me with rage. Nothing good happened. It just sucked. Tom Brady sucked. Brandin Cooks sucked. The game plan sucked. The defence sucked. The special teams sucked. That stupid onside kick they tried at the end of the game was the worst thing in the history of football, aside from the butt fumble.
Life as a Patriots fan in the 21st century is a privileged one. But when they stink when they’re not supposed to, oh man it’s easy to get angry about it. Next week, it’s the big one. Patriots @ Steelers with the Patriots needing to win out in order to get that #1 seed. A loss against the Steelers in Week 15 would almost lock the Patriots out of that #1 seed and they’d need to beat the Bills and Jets in order to get themselves a first round bye if the Jags start a run going into the playoffs.