At The Half: Patriots 20 - Dolphins 10
Rough Start: The Patriots first possession set the
tone for what could have been a long day. Punter Ryan Allen
had his punt blocked after a three-and-out by Brady and co.
The ball was recovered by Miami leading to the Dolphins first score of
A slight stumble at the beginning of the game didn’t stop the Patriots
from fighting back in full swing. After a lost punt
for a Miami touchdown, the Patriots answered with a quick 80 yard drive
in less than seven minutes (6:36). RB Shane Vereen
ran in New England’s first score with a two yard run.
Solid Outing For Edelman:
WR Julian Edelman recorded 95 yards in six receptions in the first half
with a couple of impressive catches. His experience with Brady showed
as the pair connected on a 44-yard hookup to put New England in
Dolphins territory leading to another score.
DB Alfonzo Dennard, who appeared to be odd-man out in camp, showed by
he is still a valuable member of the defense. Dennard was
able to intercept a throw from Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill to snuff out
a Dolphins drive at the New England 6.
Darrelle Revis also made an appearance recovering a Miami
fumble. Revis had a close call allowing Mike Wallace to beat
him on a double move, but Tannehill overthrew the wideout. Revis then
brokeup a would-be Wallace touchdown shortly after.
Gronk is Back:
TE Rob Gronkowski was back in full form, catching the team’s second
touchdown of the day on a seven yard catch; adding his signature spike
for old time’s sake.
Steven Ridley and Shane Vereen split rushing attempts in the first
half, Ridley with six attempts and Vereen with five. Brady ended the
first half a touchdown and 187 yards, completing 19/29 pass attempts.
New England net 248 yards in the first half.
Miami wasn’t in full form for their season opener with three
possessions in a row resulting in turnovers for the team. Tannehill had
an interception, WR Mike Wallace and RB Lamar Miller both coughed up
the bal lon the ground. Tannehill ended the first
half with 10 completions in 15 attempts, recording a touchdown and an
Miami’s top offensive player in the first two quarters was newly
acquired running back Knowshon Moreno rushing for 43 yards in 8
attempts. Moreno ran hard and strong carrying Patriots
players with him after first contact.
With the scores still close, the Patriots are currently topping the
Dolphins 20 to 10. Stay tuned for more updates throughout and after the
Halftime notes by Patriots Insider contributor AnneMarie
Blanco (Ablanco on the forums). Look for more updates from AnneMarie
here at Patriots Insider. Follow her on Twitter: @ABlanco2
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