NFL 2017 Week 12 Analysis-Dolphins vs Patriots

As expected, the Dolphins failed to put much resistance and were defeated by the Patriots in Boston. Miami did not miss, but also did not crave the presence of QB Jay Cutler in the controls of the offense and with this defeat are placed almost out of contention for the playoffs. For its part New England keeps its football up and now they tie their seventh win in a row. Here the analysis of Dolphins vs Patriots.

Dolphins vs Patriots Analysis

The game ended when …

In the fourth quarter, WR Brandin Cooks scored a TD to put the score 35-17 and away from any possibility in the game to the Dolphins.

Analysis of the Dolphins vs Patriots.

Great game by Dion Lewis

Each week the Patriots ground game has a different leader. On this occasion, Dion Lewis was the one who shined in the offensive by land when he got 113 yards. Beyond the numbers, the great merit of Lewis was to move the chains six times to get first and ten in the game and keep alive the attack of the Patriots. The small and elusive runner is being projected as the main RB of New England in ball carries, while the RB, Rex Burkhead and James White, do the same in the game by pass.

For the second consecutive week the Patriots did not have the presence of OT Marcus Cannon and C David Andrews in their starting offensive line. These absences were finally a factor that played against the Patriots throughout the game against the Dolphins, especially considering the dangerous template of pass rushers that Miami has. The pressure exerted by the Miami defensive line managed to keep Tom Brady uncomfortable at several moments of the game and caused him to be the victim of several blows after throwing the ball.

In a play, the DE Cameron Wake fell to Brady with a blow to his legs, this move could end in tragedy, fortunately, Brady was not completely planted on the lawn and his body did not resist the impact. In the end, the Dolphins only managed to capture Brady once, but the pressure they exerted was really incessant.

Rain of injuries whipped New England

Not everything was positive for the Patriots in their victory against the Dolphins. From the start of the game, he started a long list of actions that left him injured on the field for New England. In the first punt of the Pats, DB Nate Ebner led a cheating move that ended in first and ten for the locals, however, the defensive left the game with an injury to his left knee after the action. Later, the DE Marquis Flowers and Trey Flowers left the encounter with discomfort in the leg and chest respectively after getting a capture on QB Matt Moore, none of them returned to the game. Finally, LB Kyle Van Noy, had to leave the field with discomfort in his calf.

These losses forced the Patriots to resort to several substitutes in the defense, which ultimately gave good results in the field, mainly LB Elandon Roberts who supplied Kyle Van Noy and got a couple of fundamental sacks in the game to stop the Offensive attack by the Dolphins.

Fortunately for the Patriots, the rival was the Dolphins and the score was tilted in their favor. In the end, these injuries did not influence the final result.

New England and its dominant offense

Despite not having two elements of their starting offensive line, the attack of the Patriots was again overwhelming. The intensity with which they started the game was lethal for the Dolphins defense and only because of a mistake by Pats center Ted Karras, the game was not defined before. Tom Brady had another spectacular performance, this time throwing for 227 yards, 4 TD, and again, the game took him to his rhythm.

The running game remains a guarantee for the Patriots, the RB Dion Lewis, James White and Rex Burkhead continue to combine for solid and productive performances. This time they managed to accumulate 181 yards and 2 TDs.

In the passing game, WR Brandin Cooks continues to establish great performances on the field and clearly is the main receiver of Tom Brady, in this game he got a TD and eight receptions for 83 yards. On the other hand, TE Rob Gronkowski’s performance is also remarkable with 2 TDs and 82 yards, both goals in goal zone, which re-affirms us of its high efficiency in the last part of the field.

Jarvis Landry, the most prominent in Miami  

WR Jarvis Landry was undoubtedly the best man for the Dolphins in this match. This player shines by itself despite not having a competent QB, something that often happens with players as talented as Landry. Their numbers are not spectacular, but it is enough to observe their work in the field to realize how much it is worth. The man in charge of covering it in this game was CB Jonathan Jones-third CB of the Patriots-and he simply could not bear the weight of this work. Unfortunately, the Dolphins did not want to involve him more in the game and I do not understand the reason.

The Patriots defense took advantage of the rival’s weaknesses

Since week 5, the Patriots defense has undergone a regeneration process in which, they have not stopped improving, in fact, from that date until now, they have not allowed their rivals to score more than 20 points (they average 13 points per game). In this game, they took advantage of the Dolphins’ limitations to prevent any offensive pretension from Miami and help define the victory in favor of New England. CB Stephon Gilmore excelled with a pair of interceptions to Matt Moore, and in both, in coverage over WR DeVante Parker.

In the end, it was another great day for the Patriots defense with 2 INTs, one fumble recovered, 221 yards allowed, and 17 points of which 7 were generated by the Miami defense derived from an error by the Patriots center.

Errors that we rarely see in New England

The victory and the solid display of the Patriots minimizes some mistakes they made in the game, it is not very serious either, but they are actions that we rarely see happen in New England and thanks to the fact that the opponents in turn were the Dolphins, this is not complicated for the Patriots.

First, they gave a TD to Miami after a fatal error by C Ted Karras to get the ball before receiving the indication of Tom Brady. Later, Brady was intercepted, being only his third interception of the season and is something that rarely happens in the season. Finally, in a clearance of the Dolphins, WR Danny Amendola did not hold the ball well and was snatched by FS Walt Aikens, a move that the officials invalidated and generated controversy in the field. Fortunately for New England, these details made no difference, however, I think that, against a rival of higher level, could be a factor against the Patriots.

MVP and party villain

MVP – Dion Lewis – RB – Patriots

Each week it is very easy to put Tom Brady, however, I think Dion Lewis was fundamental in the field in this match. First, it gave a lot of fluidity to the running game by generating yards on each carry and finally, when the Patriots needed to consume the clock, Lewis did the job perfectly.

Villain – Matt Moore – QB – Dolphins

There are several that can be assuming the role of villain, for example, Ted Karras or Kenyan Drake, however, Matt Moore did not identify the weak part of the Patriots defense and his performance was very erratic, and without a doubt, his pair of interceptions catapult him as the party villain.

Whats Next?


They will return to Miami to receive the Broncos next Sunday. Given the circumstances, this game is viable for the Dolphins against a Denver team that is still in a tailspin and a victory would keep them with (away) playoff chances.


They will start a tour of three games as a visitor. The first one will be against the Bills, a team that will fight hard to keep up with playoff possibilities, and that will not make the scenario easy for the Patriots. However, New England is a big favorite to take the victory, especially for the clear dominance they have had in their last games.