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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.

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He also had a nice block on an 11-yard run by Dion Lewis.

And made a beautiful toe-tapping catch along the sideline.

Coverage breakdown

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.

Offensive snap counts
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%
Defensive snap counts
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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