The Matty O Show Week 17 Review: Patriots 38 Dolphins 7

I continue to step in for Matty O as he looks to get his computer repaired.  This is the MattyO Show Review, Scottie style.

New England Patriots 38   Miami Dolphins 7

Bill Belichick played it safe, learning his lesson from last year, having Wes Welker, Deon Branch, and Aaron Hernandez all inactive.  Tom Brady and BenJarvus Green Ellis both played about a half.  Even without the core players, the Patriots annihilated the Miami Dolphins by 35.

Tom Brady threw for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns.  BenJarvus Green-Ellis got to the 1,000 yard mark on the season, the first Patriot to do so since Corey Dillon in 2004.  He had 20 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown.  Watching Green-Ellis gets better and better every week.  He is the polar opposite of a man named Maroney that once danced around (and thats about all he did) the backfield for the Patriots.  BJGE is always going forward and is the definition of a down hill runner. Rob Gronkowski was a beast today catching 6 balls for 102 yards and a touchdown.  I believe he deserves offensive rookie of the year consideration.

Miami simply couldn’t move the ball today as they had less than 300 yards total offense.  I am unsure if that is a reflection of how bad the Dolphins offense is, or how stout the Patriot defense was.  Several times, the Patriots ran unblocked into the backfield getting to either Chad Henne or Tyler Thigpen.  It should come as no surprise that the Dolphins lone score came at the expense of Darius Butler.  He was flagged for a pass interference and then on the next play Davone Bess caught a ball over Butler.

Brandon Tate finally showed some potential on a great route he ran in which Brian Hoyer found him in the end zone for a diving touchdown catch.  He had another play that was a catch and run for 40 yards.  Although it went for big yardage, it was more due to Miami’s inept tackling that anything Tate actually did.  Taylor Price and Hoyer showed a nice rapport on a few slant plays.

Julian Edelman had a huge day with a 94 yard punt return for a touchdown.  He also had 3 catches for 72 yards.  His success today had me thinking, “is it the hair?” The Patriot offense in general was running on all cylinders today with 321 passing yards and 181 rushing yards.  They have a ton of momentum going into the playoffs and look to be the odds on favorite to win the Super Bowl.

The Patriots return to the gridiron in 2 weeks, opponent unknown.

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