Patriots 17, Dolphins 10: Halftime thoughts

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Some halftime thoughts as the Patriots lead the Dolphins 17-10 at halftime:

  • Amazing that the Dolphins, who had 19 passing yards from Ryan Tannehill before the final drive, are even in this game. But the Patriots haven’t exactly been crisp. A little sluggish after the long layoff.
  • Dolphins couldn’t turn the ball over and they essentially had three: botched punt snap (touchdown), a roughing the punter penalty that the Patriots turned into a touchdown and a strip/sack by Trevor Scott (three points). That doesn’t even include the Dolphins losing four points when they had an interception for a touchdown called back on a penalty (field goal).
  • Former Dolphin Wes Welker is absolutely killing his former team with 10 catches for 89 yards. Surprising the Dolphins didn’t have a better plan against Welker.
  • The Patriots’ offensive line is having a rough time in pass protection. Tom Brady has been sacked only once, but he’s been under a lot of pressure. RT Sebastian Vollmer is having a bit of a rough time, and it’s been enhanced by RG Dan Connolly (back) going out again and being replaced by Nick McDonald.
  • The Dolphins drove 95 yards to end the half and there were a lot of big holes up front to run through. Expect the Patriots to double down against the run.
  • Looks like Steve Gregory had the blown assignment on the near touchdown by Brian Hartline. Everyone else, including cornerback Aqib Talib, was playing Cover 2.
  • Kyle Arrington is doing a really nice job, again, against Davone Bess (four targets, zero receptions). That could be a big key in the second half.
  • The Patriots should be able to take advantage of a thin Dolphins line that lost LT Jake Long (elbow). RT Jonathan Martin has moved to the left side, and Nate Garner, normally a guard, is struggling at RT.

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