Wk. 2 at Dolphins: We’re on to Miami

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bigq

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That was a bit lopsided. Great win. This Patriots team looks like a locomotive.
 

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Second half is likely too tough to go undefeated, but this is a 14 win team on average.
 

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Once he hit the turf players came out onto the field. Would have been an too many men on field penalty on both benches it seems.
 

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I can’t believe in year 20 of Brady/Belichick we still have game thread posts bemoaning the fact that Brady is still playing and throwing in garbage time.
 

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Seems like apples and oranges to me. At the start of the fourth quarter the game in Miami last year was Dolphins 28 Patriots 27. This time around it was Patriots 23 Dolphins 0. That being said, it was completely unsurprising to see Brady play the entire game today.
 

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Football Night in America - Dungy and Simms crying about the AB push-off. Saying how bad off a missed call it was. I mean yeah AB put his arms on the guy, but the throw was perfect outside shoulder throw and a TD all day, but the entire narrative of a missed call is only b/c Simms and Dungy hate the Pats.
 

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Football Night in America - Dungy and Simms crying about the AB push-off. Saying how bad off a missed call it was. I mean yeah AB put his arms on the guy, but the throw was perfect outside shoulder throw and a TD all day, but the entire narrative of a missed call is only b/c Simms and Dungy hate the Pats.
Simms is an attention whore and Dungy, while he gives the impression of a mild mannered, thoughtful, considerate man, is a sanctimonious sore loser.
 

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Challenge. Many of the other starters were sitting by the end of the game.
Disagree. Edelman and Gordon were in on the last offensive drive, and the OL went wire-to-wire (except Wynn obviously and six snaps Thuney missed early on). Hightower, Butler, Chung, Jones, and Collins were all in the final play. Some guys were out, but I think they were just rotating more than usual because of the heat, and the D had to play a ton of snaps in the fourth because they kept getting pick-sixes and then Sony fumbled on the first play of a drive.
 

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Disagree. Edelman and Gordon were in on the last offensive drive, and the OL went wire-to-wire (except Wynn obviously and six snaps Thuney missed early on). Hightower, Butler, Chung, Jones, and Collins were all in the final play. Some guys were out, but I think they were just rotating more than usual because of the heat, and the D had to play a ton of snaps in the fourth because they kept getting pick-sixes and then Sony fumbled on the first play of a drive.
I don't think the final play counts, mainly because they clearly wanted to make sure that they got the shutout, so some players may have been subbed back in.
I would have to go back and watch but I am pretty sure that the last couple drives sat Gilmore, DMcC, Bennett, Michel, Brown, etc. There are only 46 players dressed, so you can't sit everyone, but I think a lot of key guys sat a lot more than you would have expected in the last couple drives if the score had been closer.
 

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I don't think the final play counts, mainly because they clearly wanted to make sure that they got the shutout, so some players may have been subbed back in.
I would have to go back and watch but I am pretty sure that the last couple drives sat Gilmore, DMcC, Bennett, Michel, Brown, etc. There are only 46 players dressed, so you can't sit everyone, but I think a lot of key guys sat a lot more than you would have expected in the last couple drives if the score had been closer.
Michel sat on the last drive because he fumbled the drive before. But it was the A squad. Maybe not Brown (which could easily been because of playbook / conditioning reasons) but everyone else.

Gilmore, DMC, and Bennett weren't in on the last drive, but they were in on the second-to-last drive. I think what you were seeing was just more heat-related rotating than usual. Chung and Hightower weren't in on the second-to-last drive, but they were back on the last drive. They played starters late into the game, and the substitution patterns look to me more consistent with giving guys breathers in oppressive conditions than playing less than 60 minutes.
 
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