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Dolphins get reality check after loss to Patriots

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Dolphins get reality check after loss to Patriots

FOXBORO - Look out for those big, bad Dolphins, they said.

They're coming in real hot, they said.

Two blowout wins in back-to-back weeks behind interim head coach Dan Campbell makes this a tough division game . . . they said.

Well they were wrong. Who's they, you ask? Who knows? But there's no doubt about the extra hype around the Dolphins heading into Thursday night's game.

But it didn't take long before reality set in for those over on the visiting sidelines. It turns out beating the Patriots is going to be much more difficult than beating the Titans and Texans.

Down 7-0 before the offense even took the field, the Dolphins punted on their first possession - the only one of the first quarter. Three plays into their second possession, and deep in their own territory, Dolphins center Mike Pouncey snapped the football to a not-looking Ryan Tannehill. Safety.

The rest of the first half didn't go much better, as the Patriots took a 19-0 lead into the break.

One scoring drive for the Dolphins was all they could muster up in the second half. Tannehill ended up with 300 passing yards. Lamar Miller, coming off back-to-back 100-plus yard performances had just 15 rushing yards.

“That wasn’t us tonight," Pouncey said. "We didn’t run the ball effectively enough and we didn’t protect Ryan [Tannehill]. We just played bad on offense. I think we are just going to learn from this. This just put a sour taste in our mouth. We were on a real high by winning two back-to-back games by blowouts. We just know that it is not going to happen like that each week. We have to do a better job running the football when we have the opportunity and keeping ourselves out of third and long.”

The loss for Miami can be considered a bit of a wake-up call. Perhaps they really are a better team than they showed the first three weeks of the season. But they certainly aren't at the level New England is at yet. Perhaps they'll be closer by Week 17, when the two teams meet again down in Miami.

"When I look at a team like this, they move the ball down the field," Ndamukong Suh said. "They have a very potent offense. A defense, in my opinion, that bends but doesn’t break. And obviously paired with a high power offense like that, you have to go out there and make plays. And one, either keep it close, or put them behind so they have to pass the ball. And I think when we put them in long yardage situations, we got after them and that’s the thing we have to do as a defensive team and as a defense to combat that. So, look forward to going back against them. We have them at home next, but we have some other tasks at hand that we need to take of first."

Sources: Patriots not interested in bringing back Antonio Brown

Sources: Patriots not interested in bringing back Antonio Brown

Once bitten, twice shy.

Two sources with knowledge of the Patriots thinking scoffed at the idea Antonio Brown would rejoin the Patriots this season.

When one source was asked if there was a chance the wideout – who was with the Patriots for less than two tumultuous weeks in September – might have a chance at rejoining the team, this was the two-word response.

“What’s changed?”

I mentioned Brown’s social media apology to owner Robert Kraft earlier in the week and his meeting last week with the NFL as possibly changing the equation.

I was told that it does not.

At issue aren’t hurt feelings that Brown couldn’t fix with a few keystrokes. It’s the wariness of something else cropping up down the road.

When the Patriots signed Brown, there was no advance notice from Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus that Brown was on the cusp of being slapped with a lawsuit by his former trainer Britney Taylor even though the legal wrangling between Brown and Taylor’s attorneys had been going on for months.

And while it was subsequently reported Rosenhaus couldn’t break a confidentiality agreement Brown supposedly had in place, the fact that the Patriots entered into the Brown experience not knowing at all that that bombshell was waiting to explode makes them unwilling to go down the same road again.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Mike Florio on Antonio Brown situation; Robert Kraft-Jerry Jones rivalry

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Mike Florio on Antonio Brown situation; Robert Kraft-Jerry Jones rivalry

Tom E. Curran is joined by Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, who discusses the latest on Antonio Brown's legal situation and a potential reunion with the Patriots, as well as New York Times journalist Mark Leibovich — author of the book "Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times" — who talks about the off-field rivalry between Robert Kraft and Jerry Jones, in this new episode of Tom Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast.

4:09 — Tom Curran is joined by Mike Florio to talk about the emerging new details of Antonio Brown's legal situation and how it relates to his possible return.

12:22 — Mike explains why the NFL's disciplinary system for players who violate the league's personal conduct policy is not fair.

14:52 — Will the Patriots try to resign Antonio Brown if he is cleared? Tom and Mike discuss how close the wide receiver actually is to making a return to football and why the Patriots might go after him.

21:46 — Tom is joined by author and journalist at the New York Times Mark Leibovich to discuss the off-the-field rivalry between Robert Kraft and Jerry Jones.

28:12 — Is there inherent jealousy between the two owners based on their own success?

33:40 â€” Mark gives his take on the Patriots' upcoming matchup with the Dallas Cowboys.

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