TAYLOR SETS THE TONE

Everybody on the Dolphins defense wanted to atone for their poor performance at Kansas City, and they certainly accomplished their goal in the 26-13 victory over New England. But probably no one stood out more than Taylor, who was a one-man wrecking crew.

Taylor said after the game at Kansas City that he "looked like crap on film."

It's safe to say he didn't have the same sentiment when he watched the game tapes of the victory over the Patriots. Simply put, Taylor was all over the place.

That was particularly true in the early part of the game when the Dolphins defense set the tone.

Taylor sacked Tom Brady to end New England's first drive, and sacked him again on the second drive.

That second sack forced a fumble that was recovered by Dolphins defensive end Adewale Ogunleye.

The turnover set up the Dolphins' first touchdown of the game.

"You always talk about one guy having a major impact on a football game as far as setting the tempo," said Coach Dave Wannstedt. "I thought Jason did that (against New England) about as well as anybody I've ever seen."

It won't come as a major shock to anyone that Taylor was awarded a game ball after his performance.


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