Gentlemen, we have to play 60 minutes – not just 30. The Dolphins are now riddled with a four-game losing streak. The team played a great first half against the division leader. But then they found out why the Patriots are the division leader and have those recent history Super Bowl rings. They know how to win, the Dolphins do not. There were some bright spots and some Stinky Fish Moments as well.
Let's dive in and take a look at Sunday's loss to the Patriots.
- With the addition of new tackle Bryant McKinnie, the Fins running game improved – a season high – 31 rushes for 156 yards.
- Lamar Miller had 89 yards on 18 carries.
- Miami’s defense held Tom Brady to his third lowest passing yard total (25) and eighth lower passer rating (38.0) in the first half of a game in his career at New England (10/27). Brady finished the game with only 116 passing yards.
- With his 52-yard field goal at New England (10/27) Caleb Sturgis passed Uwe von Schamann as the only rookie kicker in Dolphins history to have three field goals of 50 or more yards in a season. Von Schamann booted kicks of 53 yards (10/21/79 at New England) and 51 yards (11/5/79 vs. Houston). Sturgis had field goals of 54-yards at Indianapolis (9/15) and 50 yards vs. Atlanta (9/22).
Smelly Fish Moments:
- The Dolphins did not score a point in the second half. Nada, zero, zilch – nothing.
- Ryan Tannehill had three second half turnovers – two interceptions and a fumble.
- The Dolphins have lost four in a row.
- The Patriots beat the Dolphins for the seventh straight time.
So with a hint of a running game, the Dolphins need to learn how to win, how to hold a lead and how to keep an opponent down when you have the chance. If not, there won't be any Fins hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in a Tom Brady-esque manner.
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