Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 10/29/15 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Patriots 36, Dolphins 7
October 29, 2015
Kicking off the Week 8 NFL schedule on “Thursday Night Football,” we had an AFC East matchup between the Dolphins and the Patriots. Miami showed some much-needed life in their last outing, a blowout win over the Texans. As for New England, they remained undefeated with a 7-point win over the Jets in Week 7. Rivalry games between the Dolphins and Patriots are always intriguing, and this one was no different. It ended up being a very one-sided matchup, however.
Let’s check out a few of the notable players and stats from the game so we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll look ahead to Week 9 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: During the first quarter, the Patriots were able to score early on a 47-yard TD hookup from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski. It would be the only scoring of the quarter, as neither offense could really get going for a while afterward.
In the second, the Pats increased their lead to 9-0 after a safety on a botched shotgun snap to Ryan Tannehill, which he recovered and slid out of the end zone. The Patriots would complete their first-half scoreboard domination with a 53-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal (which had a crazy hook to it and was almost difficult to believe) and a TD pass from Brady to Dion Lewis, who came out of the backfield to go 16 yards untouched. It was 19-0 at the half.
After the break, the Dolphins showed a little bit of life on a 1-yard Lamar Miller TD run. Gostkowski would answer with another field goal from 36 yards out.
The fourth quarter belonged completely to the Patriots, as Brady hooked up for touchdowns with favorite target Julian Edelman twice, once from 10 yards out and once from 16. Miami was unable to get anything going at all.
When the dust settled, it was 36-7 New England. The Pats move to 7-0 on the year, while the Dolphins fall to 3-4.
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The Stars: Brady gets a lot of credit here; he passed for 356 yards and four touchdowns. Gronkowski led the way in the receiving department with six grabs for 113 yards and a TD. Dion Lewis added six for 93 and his score. Gostkowski deserves mention also; he’s as close as it gets to automatic among kickers in this league.
The Goats: Miami didn’t do much of anything well. Tannehill had two picks and no scores, while Lamar Miller and Jonas Gray combined for just 16 yards of rushing. The team was just 2-of-11 on third down. Defensively, the Dolphins were pretty good early but crumbled in the later stages of the game.
Injuries: Adding injury to insult, the Dolphins lost DE Cameron Wake to an Achilles injury. The initial fears are that he’s out for the season. They also lost RT Ja’Wuan James (toe) and rookie WR DeVante Parker (foot).
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 9, both teams will be back in action on Sunday, November 8 at 1:00 PM ET. The Patriots will host the Redskins (FOX), while the Dolphins will get another AFC East matchup in Buffalo against the Bills (CBS)
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