The Miami Dolphins were sent crashing back down to earth by the New England Patriots on Sunday, losing 38-7.
It had been a perfect start to the season for the Dolphins, who were 3-0 heading to New England to take on AFC East divisional rivals, the Patriots. It was seen as a chance for Adam Gase’s men to prove themselves in their first real test, but they did not.
In fact, quite the opposite as they were crushed in spectacular fashion by the previously 1-2 Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots ran riot against the Dolphins, crushing their O-line and forcing their defense to stay on the field with a relentless offensive game.
The New England Patriots reminded us all what they are capable of, especially when Tom Brady is on-song. The veteran QB threw 274 yards, pulling out three touchdown passes. And equally, in a negative sense, the Dolphins reminded us of what they are capable of.
The O-line reverted to its old habits, failing to protect Ryan Tannehill throughout and resulting in a total of just 56 rushing yards on 18 runs, most of which arrived when the game was already dead and buried.
It was a disastrous display from the Dolphins, and specifically the offensive line who were called out by head coach Adam Gase after the game.
“We really didn’t anticipate getting out-physicaled like the way we did.” – Adam Gase
“We had been good all year; the first three games, as far up front and our run game. We just couldn’t get anything going. We were getting pushed back, a lot of pressure on Ryan even though they weren’t pressuring with blitzes.
So when you are getting pressured on three, four-man rushes that’s going to be an issue and that’s really what happened, we could not get anything going on offense and then it just kind of trickles down to the defense because now they’re on the field and we had a couple of chances to get off and we had some penalties and it just affects everybody.”
It’s a tough one to take for the Dolphins who had positives aplenty coming into what was always going to be a difficult task. However, now they find themselves needing to prove people wrong once again. Now they have to prove that they are not the ‘same old Dolphins’.
The next chance they will have to prove that is against the Bengals next week. The Bengals are top of the AFC North with a 3-1 record, while Dolphins remain top of the AFC East with the same record. It will be another big test for Adam Gase’s men at the Paul Brown Stadium next weekend.