July 16, 2024


The Patriots protection did some good issues within the Dolphins’ eventual 24-17 win, most notably limiting dynamo Tyreek Hill to 5 catches for 40 yards and a landing.

JuJu Smith-Schuster made an 11-yard reception to the Miami 2-yard line in the fourth quarter.
JuJu Smith-Schuster made an 11-yard reception to the Miami 2-yard line within the fourth quarter, however the Patriots’ longest achieve on a cross play all night time was 14 yards. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Employees

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It’s robust to keep away from a case of big-play envy after watching the Patriots play the Dolphins.

The Patriots protection did some good issues within the Dolphins’ eventual 24-17 win, most notably limiting dynamo Tyreek Hill to 5 catches for 40 yards and a landing.

In addition they held Miami to 7 factors within the second half, spectacular contemplating that quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and pals dropped 36 factors on the Chargers of their opener, together with two Hill landing receptions after halftime.

But the Patriots protection couldn’t cease all the things, which was virtually a necessity with the offense sputtering early behind an offensive line that had three totally different starters than per week in the past. Jaylen Waddle — think about having that man as your second-fastest receiver — had catches of 28 and 32 yards, and working again Raheem Mostert broke off a clear 43-yard landing run within the fourth quarter.

In the meantime, the Patriots’ longest play from scrimmage all night time was an 18-yard Mac Jones scramble on third and 15 within the fourth quarter. It was virtually becoming that the sport ended with Cole Unusual, a guard, developing simply brief whereas making an attempt to transform a fourth down after a lateral. Even the Dolphins’ guards are most likely extra explosive than the Patriots’ linemen.

Some additional ideas, upon speedy overview …

Three gamers who had been price watching

Gamers steered within the Unconventional Preview: Tyreek Hill, Rhamondre Stevenson, Keion White.

Christian Gonzalez: Offered. Oh yeah. Two video games in, and I’m bought. The 20-year-old rookie cornerback, the No. 17 general decide within the April draft, doesn’t simply have a likelihood to be particular. He might already be there.

After choosing up a sack on a nook blitz and adroitly busting up a fourth-down cross to provide the Patriots some fleeting hope within the opening-week loss to the Eagles. Gonzalez was on the market making performs below troublesome circumstances once more Sunday night time.

With Jonathan Jones out with an ankle damage and Marcus Jones sidelined throughout the sport, Gonzalez regularly took on the intense problem of defending Hill, arguably probably the most troublesome participant to cowl within the NFL. Gonzalez did nothing lower than a sensational job, even gathering his first profession interception alongside the way in which with a leaping seize of a deep throw aimed in Hill’s route on the Patriots’ 14-yard line with 10:04 to play.

Christian Gonzalez notched his first NFL interception on this fourth-quarter play.
Christian Gonzalez notched his first NFL interception on this fourth-quarter play. – Matthew J. Lee/Globe Employees

Watching Gonzalez thrive instantly has been the very best a part of this season to this point.

Andrew Van Ginkel: The previous fifth-round decide has began 32 video games in 5 seasons, totaled a half-sack final season, and has a reputation that sounds just like the lead singer in an emo band you noticed as soon as and by no means need to see once more.

He’s a reliable participant, however in opposition to the Patriots, he was so disruptive that he may as effectively be an honorary Watt brother. Within the second quarter, he submitted back-to-back performs wherein he buried JuJu Smith-Schuster for no achieve after a brief catch, then drilled Mac Jones as he was throwing on third right down to pressure an incompletion.

On the following possession after Gonzalez’s interception, he sacked Jones for a 10-yard loss on the Patriots’ 4-yard-line on second down, successfully stalling the possession. Van Ginkel dominated proper sort out Calvin Anderson whereas reminding us that the Patriots’ line has had a horrible behavior to this point of permitting sacks on the most inopportune occasions.

Raheem Mostert: It is smart that Hill and Waddle are the primary names that come up when discussing the Dolphins’ exceptional pace on offense. However Mostert warrants greater than a passing point out for his game-breaking means, particularly contemplating he’s a 31-year-old working again who doesn’t seem to have misplaced a step.

The Patriots held the Eagles to a good 97 speeding yards on 25 carries, however the run protection had no solutions for Mostert Sunday night time. He completed with 121 yards on 18 carries and a pair of touchdowns — an 8-yarder to place the Dolphins up, 10-0, early within the second quarter, and that 43-yard dash halfway by way of the fourth wherein a number of Patriots waved at him however nobody touched him.

Grievance of the sport

When requested to elucidate on WEEI’s “Greg Hill Present” Monday morning why Demario Douglas didn’t see the sphere once more on offense after shedding a fumble on the ultimate play of the primary quarter, Invoice Belichick mentioned partially, “Nothing is extra essential than ball safety.”

That’s definitely essential for his crew; the offense isn’t usually going to be potent sufficient to beat shedding the turnover battle. However you already know what’s extra essential than ball safety? Truly successful video games.

Burying Douglas — who had picked up 11 yards on third and eight earlier than Bradley Chubb punched the ball unfastened — was counterproductive provided that his quickness in tight areas is a talent different Patriots receivers lack. He may have been vastly efficient in opposition to Dolphins defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s scheme, which goals above all else to remove massive performs downfield.

Belichick’s determination to provide Douglas the Stevan Ridley remedy per week after veteran Ezekiel Elliott continued enjoying following an analogous fumble was inconsistent if not hypocritical, and it damage their probabilities.

Three notes scribbled within the margins

Predicted rating: Dolphins 26, Patriots 23

Closing rating: Dolphins 24, Patriots 17

So far as thrilling techniques for blocking kicks go, nothing is ever going to high Jamie Collins bounding over the offensive line like a human pogo persist with swat a discipline aim try. However Brenden Schooler’s block of Jason Sanders’s 49-yard try with the Dolphins up, 17-3, within the third quarter could be the runner-up. Schooler lined up large — his start line might have been the brand new lighthouse for all we may inform — took off in movement to get a head of steam, and swerved in to swat the kick with good timing … This clearly is related to the dearth of cohesion among the many offensive linemen, however it was a shock that the Patriots mustered solely 88 yards on 25 carries in opposition to a protection that gave up 234 on the bottom to the Chargers per week earlier. Stevenson did rating a fourth-quarter landing, however he completed with simply 50 yards on 15 carries, with a future of 12. He has simply 75 speeding yards by way of two video games, which isn’t sufficient from the Patriots’ greatest offensive participant … So Hill says Patriots followers are “nasty,” huh? Was somebody within the stands shout-reading the “authorized points” part of his Wikipedia web page at him or one thing?