Although we don't want to give credit to a divisional rival that just beat the Patriots a week ago on their home turf, the Dolphins absolutely whooped the Broncos on Sunday, scoring 70 points through four quarters and likely could have added more.
It will be a talking point for the next week since that is something you don't see in the game of football. And it should be because the Denver defense apparently didn't get the memo that there was a game today, allowing the Dolphins to do whatever they wanted on the field for the entirety of the game.
Tua Tagovailoa had a nearly perfect game, going 23/26 for 309 yards and four touchdowns. Outside of the quarterback, Raheem Mostert had a breakout day on the ground, recording 13 carries for 82 yards and three touchdowns. And, of course, Tyreek Hill did what he does best, tallying 9/11 receptions for 157 yards and a touchdown.
The game got so out of hand that Tagovailoa sat on the bench for the entire fourth quarter, and several of his starting offense would join him throughout. Unfortunately for Denver, that didn't slow the Miami offense down, as they scored two more touchdowns in the final ten minutes of the game.
The final score was 70-20, which was horrific but could have been worse, especially since the Dolphins had as much success as they did with star receiver Jaylen Waddle out with injury.
But one thing that is being overlooked is how good the Patriots' defense did in shutting down the wild Miami offense, limiting them to just 24 points.
The matchups within the division have always been tough, even during the Tom Brady years. Yet, the Patriots have been historically good at shutting down their top receivers over the last two seasons. It was more of a concern last week due to Jonathan Jones' absence, but rookie Christian Gonzalez impressed in his place.
At the end of the game, Hill totaled just five receptions for 40 yards and a score, a vastly different final stat line than what is generally seen from arguably the best receiver in the league. Gonzalez held him to just three catches for 32 yards, something even seasoned veterans cannot do.
The cornerback has already established quite the resume and was complimented for such last week. However, the Dolphins' performance in week three wiped all of their memories of what happened just one week ago, with the most prominent example being posted by former quarterback turned NFL analyst Robert Griffin III.
He's not exactly wrong with his assessment, obviously. Hill is a real-life cheat code who seems to be able to do things that no other receiver has ever done before. He deserves his flowers for significant performances like he had in week three; there's no arguing that.
But how has everyone already forgotten what happened last week or even in week one against the Chargers? Hill had an even better performance out in Los Angeles, totaling 11 receptions for 215 yards and two touchdowns.
He then goes to Foxboro and is held to just 40 yards, and we've already moved on from acknowledging what the Patriots did to the "most unguardable wide receiver in the NFL?"
Make it make sense.
At the end of the day, it is the Patriots, and we have gotten used to them being overlooked in the media and not credited when it's due, so this isn't surprising. But it's still frustrating.