Lost in the euphoria of Tom Brady’s 517-yard performance was the fact that the Patriots’ defense looked at times as porous as it was last season when it was last in the league getting off the field on third down. The Patriots’ defense forced only four three-and-outs in 13 Miami drives and allowed the Dolphins to convert 80% (4/5) of their 4th down conversions. Chad Henne was 30 of 49 for 416 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a 93.6 QB rating. Henne also scrambled for 59 yards on 7 attempts and a touchdown. In total, the defense allowed 488 total net yards to the Dolphins’ offense.
It wasn’t all negative.
The pass rush was much improved, with the defense netting 4 sacks. The Dolphins went 2 for 14 on 3rd down conversions (14%), but the problems for the Pats’ defense came on early downs and on 4th down when the Dolphins went for it. Also, according to Jeff Howe of NESN.com, 213 of the Dolphins’ yards came on their final three possessions with 9 minutes left in the game (basically junk time).
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