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The New England Patriots held off the Miami Dolphins, but at a price. They lost QB Jimmy Garoppolo, and it looks as if Jacoby Brissett may be the starter until Tom Brady returns in Week 5.
But not all is lost. The Patriots are 2-0 and couldn’t be in a better position than they are now.
Here’s a quick review of some of the positives and negatives about Week 2’s matchup:
- Quick tempo is useful for Garoppolo. He had a quick release and was able to get the ball out before any pressure got to him. According to Pro Football Focus, Garoppolo was 14-19 for 197 yards and 2TDs vs the blitz and has the highest passer rating (145.0) so far this season.
- Play action passes to TE Martellus Bennett worked effectively. When Garoppolo looked his way, the Dolphins bit hard on the fake. This also help set up a play action pass behind the linebackers to WR Chris Hogan who was wide open running across the field. Hogan also had a good game as well (4 REC 59 YDs). He has been able to consistently find ways to get open and has remained a reliable target.
- Garoppolo’s 2nd TD of the game to Bennett was a beauty, as he looked off the safety to the left, and went back to his right finding the TE down the seam. Bennett also had a huge game (5 REC 114 TD). One can only imagine what will happen with Rob Gronkowski returns.
- The offensive line had a great day in pass protection. With OL Nate Solder‘s return, it helps boost the offensive line that already had a strong outing against the Cardinals. They held up well against a strong Dolphins front seven. They also did a great job in run blocking. There were holes consistently created for Blount. Again, having FB James Develin return is huge for the run game.