Patriots Vs. Dolphins: Tom Brady Piles Up Stats In 38-24 Win

The Patriots are traveling to Miami to take on the Dolphins in the first of two Monday Night Football games to open the season. Here's the complete Monday Night Football schedule.

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Patriots Vs. Dolphins: Bill Belichick's Postgame Talk Is So Bill Belichick

QB Tom Brady just threw for 517 yards, completing over 66 percent of his passes, and the New England Patriots looked strong against the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football. The Pats finished with a 38-24 victory and head coach Bill Belichick downplayed it and delivered his usual "We can do better" postgame speech.
"Again I thought it was competitive tonight, but there's still a lot of things that we need to do better, that's obvious.  We've got to go back to work, it's the first game of the season, we've got 15 more in the regular season, and hopefully we can improve on a weekly basis.  I mean that's what we need to do.  We're a long way from being a good football team right now."
Never get too high and never get too low. That's part of who Belichick is, despite how much you want to see the guy get excited for what was clearly a strong performance by his team.

That said, his approach has resulted in a few Super Bowl appearances, so maybe others should take note.
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Tom Brady, Chad Henne Combine For Slew Of NFL Records On Monday Night Football

Michigan men Tom Brady and Chad Henne staged a shootout for the ages when the New England Patriots faced the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football, breaking several NFL records in the process.

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Patriots Vs. Dolphins Score: Tom Brady, Wes Welker Tie NFL Record With 99-Yard Touchdown Pass

Tom Brady is having one of the best nights by a quarterback in NFL history. And an NFL record-tying 99-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker just made it better.

After New England's defense pitched a goal line stand against the Miami Dolphins, Brady led the Patriots onto the field to start a possession on their own 1. On that series' first play, Brady rifled a throw to Welker, who beat a cornerback and took the pass 99 yards for a touchdown.

The 99-yard reception tied an NFL record that cannot be topped under current NFL rules. It's the 12th 99-yard pass play in NFL history, and the first since Gus Frerotte hooked up with Bernard Berrian for a 99-yard touchdown in 2008.

The pass made the score 38-17 in New England's favor; Miami has since gotten a touchdown back, and trails 38-24.

Be sure to check out Pats Pulpit, our Patriots blog, and The Phinsider, our Dolphins blog, for more on the game.

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Patriots Vs. Dolphins Score: Tom Brady Stakes New England To Fourth Quarter Lead

The New England Patriots lost their lead early in the third quarter after a rare Tom Brady interception, then took it back behind two touchdowns from Brady's unstoppable passing game.

After an interception to Jared Odrick set up a game-tying Miami touchdown, Brady led 73- and 78-yard touchdown drives, capped by throws to Deion Branch and Aaron Hernandez for six, respectively. Those touchdown drives bookended a Dolphins field goal, and gave the Patriots a 28-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Brady has a staggering 353 yards through three quarters in Miami, and could well end the earlier of two Monday Night Football tilts tonight as the NFL's leading passer. Only Cam Newton (422 yards) and Drew Brees (419 yards) had more yards in Week 1 action than Brady already has against the Dolphins, and both racked up those numbers in losses.

Be sure to check out Pats Pulpit, our Patriots blog, and The Phinsider, our Dolphins blog, for more on the game.

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Patriots Vs. Dolphins Score: Miami Ties Game Up With Touchdown In Third Quarter

The New England Patriots have had a decided statistical advantage in their Monday Night Football tussle with divisional foe Miami. But that hasn't quite translated to the scoreboard, where the Pats' lead has evaporated early in the third quarter.

The Patriots have outgained the Dolphins by over 100 yards — Tom Brady has 232 passing yards already — but a poorly-timed Brady interception to Jared Odrick gave the Dolphins a short field to work with. And Chad Henne made quick work of it, connecting with Brian Hartline on a 10-yard touchdown pass for the game-tying touchdown. The score is now tied, 14-14, midway through the third quarter.

Henne, embattled to the point that Dolphins fans were openly chanting "We want Orton" — referring to Denver quarterback Kyle Orton — at Miami's 2011 training camp, has had an excellent night. He's completed 12 of 16 passes for 147 yards and touchdown, and scored the Dolphins' other touchdown on a rare draw play.

Be sure to check out Pats Pulpit, our Patriots blog, and The Phinsider, our Dolphins blog, for more on the game.

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Dan Koppen Injury: New England Patriots Center Carted Off With Apparent Leg Injury

New England Patriots center Dan Koppen, a mainstay on the offensive line, was carted off the field in the second quarter of Monday night's matchup with the Miami Dolphins. Koppen had his leg pinned under a defensive lineman as he was rolled up on, creating a scary situation that left him face down on the turf. He stayed down for several moments before leaving on the injury cart.

While it's unclear what the injury was, Koppen's left leg was bent at an incredibly awkward angle as it was swallowed up in the pile. It was clear Koppen was in serious pain as a result of the injury, though we've heard no word on the extent yet.

With Koppen out, the Patriots defensive line shifts going forward. Dan Connolly takes over in relief of Koppen, manning the center spot that's all-important in the New England offense.

Be sure to check out Pats Pulpit, our Patriots blog, and The Phinsider, our Dolphins blog, for more on the game.

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Patriots Vs. Dolphins Score: Monday Night Football Opens With A Bang

The Miami Dolphins moved slowly and methodically down the field to open the first Monday Night Football matchup of the year, leaning heavily upon the run and short screen game while bulldozing the New England Patriots defense. Reggie Bush saw plenty of action, with Chad Henne looking like a capable quarterback as the Dolphins drove 84 yards in 12 plays, taking up just under half the quarter. And it was Henne capping the drive by calling his own number for the score.

Henne found the end zone on a nine-yard quarterback draw, gashing the New England defense and taking advantage of a huge hole. Through the first quarter, Henne's been nearly perfect, completing eight of nine passes for 84 yards. Reggie Bush has 16 yards on three carries and four catches for 26 yards.

The Patriots, on the other hand, struck back quickly, moving 78 yards in six plays while taking 3:26 off the clock. The drive was Benjarvis Green-Ellis capped the drive, spinning and twisting for a four-yard touchdown run.

Brady completed his first touchdown pass of the year on the Patriots next drive, finding Rob Gronkowski for the score to put New England on top, 14-0. On the night, Brady is a perfect 8-8 for 127 yards and a touchdown.

Be sure to check out Pats Pulpit, our Patriots blog, and The Phinsider, our Dolphins blog, for more on the game.

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Daniel Thomas Inactive For Patriots Vs. Dolphins Monday Night Football Matchup

The Miami Dolphins will be without one of their three major running backs on Monday night as they take on the New England Patriots. Rookie running back Daniel Thomas was expected to play a significant role in the Dolphins rushing attack, but will not be in the lineup after reportedly being declared inactive.

Thomas came down with a hamstring injury at the worst possible moment for the Dolphins, straining the muscle in practice on Wednesday. Miami appears to be exercising an abundance of caution with Thomas by declaring him inactive, perhaps in an effort to prevent the injury from recurring. As we've seen before, hamstring injuries are prone to becoming nagging problems throughout the season, especially if a player is rushed back to action.

The rest of the inactive list has not yet been released, but Miami does take a significant hit without Thomas in the lineup. In his place, Larry Johnson and Reggie Bush will likely see an increase in carries as they try to alleviate some of the pressure on Chad Henne.

Be sure to check out Pats Pulpit, our Patriots blog, and The Phinsider, our Dolphins blog, for more on the game.

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Patriots Vs. Dolphins, Monday Night Football: Miami Run Game The Focus

The Miami Dolphins are attempting to rebuild their run game, replacing Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams with a trio of backs, each of which face questions. Brown and Williams ruled the backfield, giving the Dolphins versatility and a dynamic wildcat package, but have been replaced by Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas and Larry Johnson. To say nobody has a clue what to expect from the trio may be an understatement.

On Monday night, we'll get our first look at the Dolphins backfield while seeing how it performs against a stout New England Patriots' defense. Miami jumps right into the fire, having to deal with Tom Brady and a powerful offense while also trying to break in the run game on the other side of the ball. The latter of the two aspects of the game will play a large role in the success of the Dolphins on Monday Night Football.

Over at Pats Pulpit, the running game is the focus, and Patriots fans are hoping their team shuts down the Dolphins three-headed rushing attack, forcing Chad Henne to win the game with his arm.

All three runners have the capability to be a game changer. None of them are able to do it on a consistent basis. However, it only takes one player to take over the game and the Dolphins have a stable of potential game changers. It's up to the Patriots defensive line (who have yet to play a down as a starting unit) to stop any chance of a run game from starting. Also, the Patriots' will need big plays from Dane Fletcher as last year's run stopper Brandon Spikes has missed a lot of the preseason.

And Patriots fans aren't alone. On the other side of the coin, Miami fans are wondering what the run game will produce, or if it will produce at all.

3. Miami Running Game. The Dolphins running game is another series of question marks.  Can Reggie Bush actually be an every-down, workhorse back?  Is Daniel Thomas healthy enough to be the compliment to Bush?  What does Larry Johnson have left in the tank?  With Charles Clay out, can Lex Hilliard fill the fullback role effectively? With the offensive line in the mess that it is and all these questions about the running backs, this could be a very difficult matchup against New England.

Be sure to check out Pats Pulpit, our Patriots blog, and The Phinsider, our Dolphins blog, for more on the game.

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Monday Night Football: Patriots Will Cover The Spread Vs. Dolphins

The New England Patriots open the NFL season vs. the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are favored to win, but will they cover the point-spread? Our experts say yes.

All content courtesy of SB Nation's odds experts at OddsShark.com.

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