New England Patriots defeat Miami Dolphins, 48-28

MIAMI GARDENS - The Patriots exacted payback yesterday and their resounding revenge couldn't have come at a better time, as it kept them in contention for the playoffs.

Agitated by the Miami Dolphins' trash talk and the 38-13 thrashing the South Floridians dished out in Week 3, New England avenged itself with a 48-28 victory over Miami at Dolphin Stadium. The vengeful victory allowed the Patriots (7-4) to keep pace in the playoff race.

The Patriots jumped ahead of Mi...

MIAMI GARDENS - We're finished talking about Matt Cassel "managing the game," right?

It's an insult of sorts. You never heard anyone talk about Joe Namath, Dan Marino, or Johnny Unitas "managing a game."

No. "Managing the game" is a euphemism for quarterbacks who are not wildy talented. It's a polite way of saying that your QB is serviceable with no chance to be great.

Remember when you were in high school and had a mad crush on that pony-tailed girl in study hall...

MIAMI GARDENS - Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter was right. The Dolphins don't like the Patriots - and the feeling is mutual.

The dual disdain manifested itself in some chippy plays, the most notable of which came following Stephen Gostkowski's 30-yard field goal with 7:08 remaining that gave New England a 41-28 lead yesterday. Patriots left tackle Matt Light was locked up with Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder on the attempt, and the wrestling match became a bo...

MIAMI GARDENS - The Patriots' first defensive adjustment came well before the game started yesterday. Facing a Dolphins team that gashed them for 38 points earlier in the season, they shuffled their coaching operation.

Coordinator Dean Pees, who all year has relayed signals and defensive play calls to the field from the sideline, was instead sent upstairs to serve as another set of "eyes in the sky." Linebackers coach Matt Patricia was elevated to defensive sideline bos...