The first half of the Miami Dolphins vs. the New England Patriots on Sunday was one where Miami’s offense/defense lacked in all areas. The New England Patriots went three straight possessions each resulting in touchdowns and put the Dolphins in a huge hole that they could not swim out of.
Miami’s defense for the life of them, could not stop the Patriots offense from scoring at will, and let’s not talk about how they could not stop the running game of the Patriots. RB LeGarrette Blount who had a field day by rushing 29 times for 123 yards and a touchdown showed that Miami’s “D” was invisible for the entire game.
Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins’ offense waited until the second half to gain some traction and trimmed a 31-3 deficit to 31-24 with six minutes to play in the fourth. Tannehill did not complete a pass until the second quarter and the Miami offense only had six first downs for the entire first half. WR DeVante Parker had a great second half catching eight passes for 106 yards.
I hate to say this but the saving grace that saved this game from getting out of hand even more than it was, was having Patriots’ quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo going out to injury by a totally legal hit by LB Kiko Alonso. This seemed to change the momentum and sparked the Dolphins’ offense to putting points on the board.
I really would like to see the Miami Dolphins have a complete game against an elite team. Yes, you can say that they played a great first game against a tough Seattle team in week one. Or can you? Did you see the Seattle game on Sunday? Seattle is struggling to start the year and I think that Miami looked good against a not so good Seattle team during week one.
Let’s hope I am wrong and Miami can build on the second half of the New England Patriots game and figure out how to stop the run and play an entire game on offense starting in the first quarter and ending in the fourth quarter.
Next up is the Cleveland Browns at Hard Rock Stadium. Let’s hope the season opener at home results in a big time win the Dolphins are desperate to get to start things rolling in the win column.