It was the Miami Dolphins‘ move recreation that excelled in Week 1, however operating again Raheem Mostert shined to assist defeat the New England Patriots, 24-17, on Sunday night.
The Dolphins improved to 2-0, whereas the Patriots fell to 0-2 on the season.
For a lot of the night, Miami was answerable for the sport, utilizing its offensive firepower and aggressive protection to have a one-touchdown lead late within the recreation. However, after a Jason Sanders missed 55-yard area purpose, the Patriots had an opportunity to tie it up with nice area place.
Mac Jones could not get the job carried out final week in opposition to the Philadelphia Eagles when the Patriots had been down 5 with an opportunity for a game-winning drive. Jones had an opportunity at redemption right here, however he wasn’t in a position to execute but once more.
Miami’s protection gave Jones and the Patriots’ offense matches all night lengthy, and it continued within the two-minute drill as Bradley Chubb sacked Jones for the fourth group sack on the night.
On fourth down, needing to get 4 yards to maintain the drive going, Jones discovered his tight finish (and former Dolphin) Mike Gesicki on a crossing route. But Gesicki was clearly going to be brief, so he thought on the fly by throwing the ball backward to offensive lineman Cole Strange to provide the Patriots an opportunity to possibly break the road to realize.
Strange spun and fell to the turf, and it was initially known as a primary down. However, video replay confirmed that Strange was too brief, and the Dolphins celebrated figuring out the sport was over.
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Miami’s protection was making the right performs all recreation lengthy, and it began when New England was pressured to punt on its first drive after going simply 21 yards on eight performs.
That was adopted by a fumble by Pop Douglas, who didn’t see Chubb flying in behind him on a catch-and-run and throwing a hammer fist to get the ball out.
The Dolphins’ offense would capitalize on that chance, going 11 performs and 73 yards with a Raheem Mostert landing from eight yards out transferring Miami’s result in 10-0.
While final week was a giant passing week for the Dolphins, it was the run recreation in New England that led the best way. Mostert completed with a game-high 121 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns.
After punting on its subsequent drive, the Patriots had been lastly in a position to get on the board with a 49-yard area for Chad Ryland, who tallies his first area purpose within the NFL.
But simply earlier than the top of the primary half, the Dolphins discovered the top zone as soon as extra, and it was Tua Tagovailoa discovering Tyreek Hill – his favourite goal in Week 1 – for a two-yard rating
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New England was lastly capable of finding the top zone within the fourth quarter after forcing a three-and-out on Miami. It was Jones discovering Hunter Henry, who scored twice in Week 1, for a six-yard rating to drag inside a landing.
That’s when momentum began to go the Patriots’ manner, and rookie cornerback Christian Gonzalez introduced much more to his sideline when he intercepted Tagovailoa, who was in search of a deep ball to Hill. It was Gonzalez’s first interception of his younger profession.
However, Miami’s protection acquired to Jones once more on the following drive. Andrew Van Ginkel, who wreaked havoc on the Patriots’ offensive line all night, acquired a sack that pushed Jones again 10 yards deep in Patriots’ territory.
The Patriots had been pressured to punt, and the Dolphins wasted no time getting their two-touchdown lead again. Mostert discovered the top zone once more, however this time, he wasn’t even touched.
Mostert discovered an ideal gap on an inside zone run and used his blazing velocity to go 43 yards for the rating to make it 24-10.
Jones and the Patriots needed to reply on the following drive as time was dwindling within the fourth quarter. New England dialed up the suitable performs, and Jones dealt with the Dolphins’ strain as he made the suitable throws, together with a scrambling strike to Juju Smith-Schuster to arrange a Rhamondre Stevenson two-yard landing run to make it 24-17.
But the Patriots fell brief but once more, and it is again to the drafting board.
In the field rating, Tagovailoa went 21 of 30 for 249 yards with a landing and interception, with Jaylen Waddle his main receiver with 86 yards on 4 receptions. Hill completed with 40 yards on 5 catches.
Jones went 31 for 42 with 231 yards, tallying one landing and one interception. The Patriots solely had 88 speeding yards, with Stevenson main the pack with 50 on 15 carries.
The Patriots stay up for Week 3 in opposition to one other AFC East rival, the New York Jets, on the street.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins, getting off to the quick begin head coach Mike McDaniel definitely loves, will return dwelling to face the Denver Broncos.