Patriots - Dolphins: Game Balls & Goats

The Patriots demolished the Dolphins Monday Night at Sun Life Stadium. Some players had a good game, some didn't. Each week we hand out our postgame Game Balls (good) and Goats (not good). Read on, and submit your own.

Each week the crew at Patriots Insider share their thoughts on the Patriots game. Our staffers hand out their Game Balls (Good things) and Goats (bad things).


Jon Scott:

Patrick ChungTwo blocks on special teams, an interception return for a touchdown, Hats off to Patrick Chung.

Rob NinkovichTwo interceptions killed Dolphins drives that could have given Miami the momentum they needed to get the crowd into the game. The first two interceptions of his career gave Ninkovich an impressive day. He also managed to get a sack and finished with 4 tackles.

Special Teams – All around performance won the game in every phase. Blocked Punt, Blocked FG, KO return for a TD.

Honorable Mentions:
Brandon Tateanother return for a TD.
Wes Welker8 catches for 70 yards. He's averaging 8 catches in every game against his former team.
Stephen GostkowskiTouchback after touchback. Only two returns allowed. And made 2 of 2 FGs.

James Christensen:

Rob Ninkovich / Pat Chung -- Due to some poor tackling and missed assignments, these two were initially put on the "Goat" watch-list. However, three plays from each of these players drastically changed the game. Ninkovich's two interceptions and a sack stopped promising Dolphins drives, while Chung's interception, along with blocking a punt and a field goal resulted in 21 precious points.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis -- An incredibly efficient running game from Green-Ellis opened things up underneath for Tom Brady and Wes Welker. He pushed the pile with ease, while showing some good vision on a draw play that went for a touchdown early in the 2nd half.

Honorable Mentions: Stephen Gostkowski, Danny Woodhead, Vince Wilfork


Jon Scott:

Dolphins Special Teams – Abysmal. There's no room for that in the NFL. Two blocked kicks and letting the Pats return it for a TD.

Third Down Defense – 10 of 15. That's 66.7%... worst in the NFL. Keep that up and there are going to be some very ugly games.

Patriots 2nd half offense – New England finished with 265 yards for the game, 148 of them came in the first half. That's 117 yards in the second half. Only one drive of any consequence. The 3 and out with 10 mins left was horrible.

James Christensen:

Jonathan Wilhite -- Kind of an unfair "award" for Wilhite, as few people can check Davone Bess effectively. Wilhite was picked on in man coverage on 3rd down a few times, not being able to keep up with the shifty Bess.

Sebastian Vollmer / Matt Light -- Light had a big holding penalty that resulted in a 30+ yards being taken back, while Vollmer struggled at times against Cameron Wake. Both had decent games overall, but it is tough to find too many goats in a blowout.

Dishonorable Mention: Jake Ingram

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