King on Patriots-Dolphins

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By Peter King
Sports Illustrated

In the “Fine Fifteen” rankings, the Patriots drop from fourth last week to 11th:

11. New England (7-5). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the game against Miami was the third this year in which New England has lost after holding a 10-point lead. The Pats had one of those in the previous seven years. Great line, by the way, from MLB/NFL stat maven Elliott Kalb about the Pats: “They’ve only won in England, and New England.”


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In the “Award Section,” King named Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis his defensive player of the week:

With the Patriots up 21-19 and throwing into the end zone to ice the game with 9:45 to play, Davis, the feisty first-round rookie from Illinois, made a play he’ll be telling his grandchildren about someday. He leaped with Randy Moss and picked off the pass, killing the drive and helping the Dolphins make a race of the AFC East again. “It’s something I’ll remember forever,” said Davis. He added three tackles and another pass broken up, but it was the pick that led to a long and winding road to the game-winning field goal by Dan Carpenter.

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Two of King’s Patriots-related one-liners in his “Ten Things I Think I Think” segment:

  • You can’t throw a football better than Ben Roethlisberger threw it to Santonio Holmes, rainbowing it into Holmes at the goal line in tight coverage. Well, can’t throw it better unless you’re talking about Tom Brady’s touchdown bomb to an in-stride Randy Moss.
  • Sam Aiken’s jump-ball-catch-and-run touchdown for 81 yards at Miami tells me one thing about him: The Patriots have a third weapon at wide receiver now.

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    In the “Enjoyable/Aggravating Travel Note of the Week” segment, King notes that a certain other Patriots loss is still on football fans’ minds:

    Amtrak Acela conductor to me, 8:27 a.m. Saturday:

    “Fourth-and-two at the 28. Did Belichick do the right thing?”

    It never ends.

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