The Dolphins have traditionally given the Patriots fits, especially in Miami, and on a night when the Dolphins were wearing their throwback 1972 uniforms, perhaps to remind the Patriots that they are still the only franchise in National Football League history to record a flawless season and go on to win the Superbowl they did turn back the clock, avenging a loss to New England just a few weeks ago in Foxboro, and tagged Tom Brady and company with a 27-20 loss.
"It's all about taking the air out of the ball", Landry said. "The locker room wasn't in very good spirits and the plane ride home was very quiet". The New England Patriots went down to Miami for a nationally televised Monday night game, and were without the services of tight end Rob Gronkowski, whose late hit on a defenseless Tre-Davious White near the end of the Pats win against Buffalo last week earned him a one-game suspension.
"We needed to play with more energy. We've just got to go back, watch the film, and get better". Despite falling down 27-10 and terrible most of the game, the New England Patriots did fight back and had a few opportunities to complete yet another comeback. Miami was a superior team and the Patriots were EXPOSED. They might even have looked past the Dolphins knowing it comes down to this week. Against a team like the Steelers in Pittsburgh, they will certainly have to bring a better game plan and a higher level of motivation to prevent losing back-to-back games. QB Jay Cutler, RB Kenyan Drake and CB Xavien Howard are all examples of coaches putting players in position to succeed, so tip your hat to Gase and his assistants. "We've had a lot of good nights this year and this was a bad night". They've got great continuity from the top down.
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Brady struggled to find wide receivers in the first half, deferring to his running backs. Both returnees are expected to bolster their team's offense.
For the Patriots defense, it was the first time since Week 4 where it didn't allow 17 points or less. "Play harder, come out and just fight, fight until the end, which we did, probably a little too late", said Butler of Harmon. "Obviously his absence is a significant one and his presence is a significant one".
Gase admitted Tuesday that the New England victory is meaningful. Last season, the Patriots defeated Pittsburgh twice, a 36-17 pasting in AFC title game following a New England win at Heinz Field during the regular season. "We were just saying, 'We've got to make a play.' Not really make a play, we just got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot". We've got some good leadership and I think that's always an element of it. "We can't get any worse than that".