Pass rush comes alive as Dolphins score 23 straight to beat Patriots
The Dolphins offensive line was the cause of many questions during the offseason, but the Patriots offensive line is the one with more to answer for after the season opener.
Miami sacked Tom Brady four times in the second half, two of which led to fumbles forced by Cameron Wake, and the Dolphins scored 23 straight points in the second half to beat the Patriots 33-20 in Miami. The turn of events was as sudden as it was complete after the first half featured the Dolphins turning the ball over and the Patriots offense moving the ball without too much trouble.
Brady’s first fumble helped the Dolphins tie the score and then the Dolphins offense sandwiched two long scoring drives around a Patriots punt to build a double-digit lead in what felt like rapid fire fashion. Everyone had a hand in the fun, but Knowshon Moreno was the star in his first game for the Dolphins. He ran for 134 yards and a touchdown while providing a big spark on the ground as the Dolphins mounted their comeback. Also encouraging were several second half connections between Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace, who finished with seven catches for 81 yards and a touchdown, even if they failed to click on deep balls.
As for New England, they need to keep Brady upright. It wasn’t a problem in the first half as they allowed no sacks nor much pressure of consequence, but things went completely sideways in the second half. They’ll hear questions about regrets for the Logan Mankins trade and questions about how much Dante Scarnecchia’s retirement hurts them because the effort was just that hapless over the final 30 minutes.
That’s left them 0-1 while everyone else in the AFC East is 1-0, including a Dolphins team that would like to make the second half of the opener their blueprint for the rest of the season.