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Bill Belichick didn’t call many blitzes for his defense through the first seven games. Sunday against the Dolphins, Belichick brought the house. And it was the main reason why the Patriots overcame a 14-point second-half deficit and escaped with a 27-17 win when, frankly, the Dolphins were the better team on both sides of the ball.
The Patriots blitzed a decent amount in the first half — bringing at least one extra pass rusher seven times on 19 dropbacks. The result, though, was a 17-3 deficit and zero sacks as Ryan Tannehill got into a rhythm with short passes and the Dolphins ran the ball 22 times for 103 yards.