By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303
New England Patriots 38 – Miami Dolphins 7
Last week I thought about how I would start this article if the Dolphins went up to Gillette and totally stunk up the joint. Well, the Dolphins didn’t disappoint us there!
I even wonder if the team had even bothered to get off the plane. I could write an article a mile long with stats and what went wrong. I could make excuses on just how badly this team got outcoached and outplayed. But seriously, what would be the point? Simply put, the Dolphins got the brakes beat off of them. In every aspect of the game. This loss can’t be blamed on a single player or a coach. It was everyone’s fault. If you want to see a team that put forth a complete losing effort, just look at the Dolphins in this game.
“No, I didn’t see this coming,” head coach Adam Gase said in his press conference. “I didn’t think that we would get out-physicalled. That surprised me. I knew it was going to be tough because that’s just what it is. You come here, I mean I didn’t see too many teams walk out of here [with a win] against a Hall of Fame quarterback. It’s just not going to happen. We’ve got a lot of things to clean up, but it’s fixable.”
Gase said he didn’t see the game as a particular measuring stick — “I think it’s one game in a 16-game season.” — and that he thought the team would be fine putting the loss behind them in time to face the Cincinnati Bengals next Sunday.
On the bright side, Miami still holds the top spot in the AFC East going into week 5. Next up is the 3-1 AFC North-leading Bengals. They are coming off of a dramatic last-minute win against the Atlanta Falcons.
The mindset going forward is a simple one. As Coach Gase said, this game is behind us. The biggest key to the game against the Bengals will be how the Dolphins respond. The injuries are starting to pile up and the next man up mentality is in full swing in Miami.
Going into this game Miami will be without center Daniel Kilgore. He was diagnosed with a torn triceps and is likely out for the remainder of the season. Miami should have safety Reshad Jones back in the lineup, while cornerback Bobby McCain will miss a few weeks with a knee injury.
The next couple of games will test this new ‘culture’ that is supposedly in place here in Miami.
On to Cincinnati.
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