Anyone who had hoped that the Bill Bellichick and Tom Brady dynasty was coming to an end will be largely disappointed this morning. The Patriots easily handled the Dolphins to ensure they were crowed AFC East divisional champions and it looks as though they'll be the #1 seed heading into the post-season as well.
People have said that Tom Brady had an off day, but when your QB's off day includes over 300 yards, 2 touchdowns and win by over 20 points, you're doing something right. Brady doesn't have the same ability to force the ball downfield as he once did but he still makes plays when he needs to. He found Gronkowski and Edelman in the endzone to ensure New England were sitting pretty at the top of the standings.
New England were 8/13 on third down and with the Miami pass rush ceasing to exist at the moment, the Patriots offensive line was able to keep Brady clean throughout the contest. New England used pressure up front and inside with the ability to fly to the ball in the secondary to beat a Dolphins team who saw their play-off hopes all but extinguished.
Miami were unable to run the ball effectively to set up the pass, resulting in Miller only chalking up 47 yards on the ground and Ryan Tannehill being picked off twice. Devil McCourty played a great game over the top which forced Miami to look for the underneath routes that were easily sniffed out. Miami were only 3/16 on third down and now sit at 7-7, needing a lot of help to make the post-season.