Next week the Patriots play the Dolphins. The Dolphins are our toughest in division competitor. Last week we should have beat the jets, and this week we should be able to bet the Dolphins. The Dolphins defense is OK, i’d say they are on the same level as the Jets. That being said, I don’t think their coaching staff is as used to the Pats as the Jets are. I think the Pats will win by a touchdown or two because of that. Our defense will be able to contain them pretty well, and our offense is still coming back to full strength. I can only imagine how different our season would have been if Hernandez hadn’t done what he did. If he was still on the team, we would be undefeated. He would have filled the holes in our offense, particularly in the redzone, where we have had a large amount of trouble. Hernandez opposite the returning Gronkowski would have been the exact thing that would have put us over the top last week, and the game probably wouldn’t have even gone to overtime to have that ridiculous rule to come into play in the first place.
The Dolphins put up a good fight, but the Patriots defense came alive in the second half. The defense was able to force several turnovers, and had their best quarter of the season during the third. The turnovers allowed the offense ample opportunities, and they were able to score 17 unanswered points to win the game.