The Patriots achieved revenge yesterday against a Dolphins team that ended their 21-straight regular season winning streak last season. In that Week 3 game, the Patriots couldn't stop the Wilcat offense that rushed for 216 yards en route to a 38-13 win. Fast forward a year, the Patriots were not to be fooled again. "Last year, we panicked and were all over the place," S Brandon Meriweathersaid according to the Boston Herald. "This time, we came to the sidelines, stayed calm and we made adjustments." DL Ty Warrenadded, "We focused on what was going on in front of us. They're gonna get their yardage, but the object of the game is to win more than you lose and I think we did that today."
Bill Belichick on the Wildcat according to the New York Times: "The first couple of times they ran it, we were indecisive. After we saw it, we were a lot more confident and had everybody accounted for. Once we saw it, we played more aggressively."
The Patriots now hold a two-game lead over the New York Jets for first place in the AFC East. The Dolphins were undefeated (3-0) in division play prior to Sunday's game. "This is a big one, especially being in the division," WR Wes Welkersaid. "It gives us a little bit of separation. As long as we take care of business, we'll be in great shape."
The Boston Globe reports QB Tom Brady recorded his 27th 300-yard passing game. This places him ahead of Drew Bledsoe for first on the team's all-time list. Additionally, Brady has been victorious in 20 straight starts at Gillette Stadium since 2006.
*ESPN Boston *reports DL Jason Taylor had no sacks on Sunday thanks to the play of rookie OL Sebastian Vollmer. "He'll be just fine", Taylor said of Vollmer who replaced the injured Matt Light on the offensive line.
The Providence Journal reports the Patriots were only 1-for-4 in the red area in putting touchdowns on the scoreboard. "We could have been better in the red area today," QB Tom Bradysaid. "That would have helped. It comes down to execution. You've got to get the ball in the end zone."