Here’s our weekly look at the key plays in the Patriots’ game after reviewing the film.
Standing his ground
Trey Flowers doesn’t just pressure the quarterback.
He also does a great job of holding the edge in the run game, forcing Jakeem Grant to cut inside on the end-around.
Elandon Roberts and Patrick Chung were waiting to stuff the run after a 1-yard gain.
Bringing the heat
One reason Julian Edelman was able to scamper 77 yards for a touchdown?
The Dolphins blitzed seven defenders, only leaving four on the back end.
And of course, Michael Floyd set Edelman free with a crushing block.
Making an impression
That block and the 14-yard touchdown weren’t Floyd’s only impressive plays.
He also had a nice block on an 11-yard run by Dion Lewis.
And made a beautiful toe-tapping catch along the sideline.
What happened on Kenny Stills’s 25-yard touchdown?
The Patriots came out showing Cover 2 coverage, with Kyle Van Noy at middle linebacker.
The Dolphins ran three vertical routes, with Patrick Chung (bottom) focused on Jarvis Landry and Devin McCourty (top) watching DeVante Parker, leaving Van Noy all alone with Kenny Stills. Four Patriots sat on the underneath routes.
It’s possible that Van Noy was supposed to trail Stills all the way down the field. More likely, the Dolphins had the perfect play called against the Patriots’ coverage.
Fighting the picks
The Dolphins also used a myriad of legal pick routes to create separation for their receivers.
And Eric Rowe didn’t do a great job of fighting through them, giving up an easy catch-and-run to DeVante Parker for the first down.
Something out of nothing
No one is better at creating extra yards than Dion Lewis, who was surrounded by two Dolphins defenders.
Yet still managed to pick up five yards on the run.
|Miami (67)||Total (1,121)||Percentage|
|C David Andrews||67||1,117||99.64%|
|G Joe Thuney||67||1,117||99.64%|
|OT Nate Solder||67||1,032||92.06%|
|T Marcus Cannon||64||1,034||92.24%|
|G Shaq Mason||64||1,020||90.99%|
|WR Chris Hogan||64||832||74.22%|
|QB Tom Brady||63||819||73.06%|
|WR Julian Edelman||60||877||78.23%|
|TE Martellus Bennett||52||870||77.61%|
|WR Michael Floyd||49||67||5.98%|
|RB Dion Lewis||27||163||14.54%|
|RB LeGarrette Blount||22||529||47.19%|
|RB James White||21||427||38.09%|
|TE Matt Lengel||18||81||7.23%|
|FB James Develin||17||351||31.31%|
|T Cameron Fleming||7||282||25.16%|
|QB Jimmy Garoppolo||3||143||12.76%|
|G Ted Karras||3||109||9.72%|
|WR Matt Slater||2||53||4.73%|
|WR Malcolm Mitchell||0||539||48.08%|
|TE Rob Gronkowski||0||354||31.58%|
|WR Danny Amendola||0||267||23.82%|
|QB Jacoby Brissett||0||158||14.09%|
|TE AJ Derby||0||35||3.12%|
|TE Clay Harbor||0||25||2.23%|
|RB DJ Foster||0||16||1.43%|
|RB Brandon Bolden||0||13||1.16%|
|Dolphins (59)||Total (1,043)||Percentage|
|S Patrick Chung||59||1,005||96.36%|
|CB Logan Ryan||59||897||86.00%|
|CB Eric Rowe||58||452||43.34%|
|S Devin McCourty||56||1,021||97.89%|
|CB Malcolm Butler||55||1,007||96.55%|
|LB Donta Hightower||41||708||67.88%|
|DT Alan Branch||39||625||59.92%|
|DT Malcom Brown||37||596||57.14%|
|DE Chris Long||35||677||64.91%|
|DE Trey Flowers||29||563||53.98%|
|LB Shea McClellin||29||382||36.63%|
|LB Elandon Roberts||29||270||25.89%|
|DE Rob Ninkovich||28||461||44.20%|
|DE Jabaal Sheard||26||580||55.61%|
|DT Vincent Valentine||20||289||27.71%|
|LB Kyle Van Noy||19||250||23.97%|
|S Duron Harmon||15||517||49.57%|
|LB Barkevious Mingo||8||47||4.51%|
|CB Justin Coleman||4||226||21.67%|
|DE Geneo Grissom||3||12||1.15%|
|LB Jamie Collins||0||438||41.99%|
|CB Cyrus Jones||0||147||14.09%|
|LB Jon Freeny||0||98||9.40%|
|DT Anthony Johnson||0||74||7.09%|
|CB Jonathan Jones||0||64||6.14%|
|DT Woodrow Hamilton||0||42||4.03%|
|S Jordan Richards||0||18||1.73%|
|S Nate Ebner||0||18||1.73%|
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