New England Patriots defeat Miami Dolphins, 27-17

In the rare Patriots season that concluded before the playoffs, no team tormented them more than the Miami Dolphins.

Last fall, the Dolphins embarrassed them at their home field with an offense no one had seen before. In the winter, they stood atop the division the Patriots have owned for a decade.

"That was definitely something that we talked about all week," linebacker Tully Banta-Cain said. "We knew this was our biggest division game this year. We had a lot to lose a...

It hasn't always been pretty.

And with an upcoming schedule featuring trips to Indianapolis and New Orleans and a road rematch with Miami, it's probably not going to be. But the Patriots are exactly where they should be at the halfway mark.

Forget the concern surrounding Tom Brady's left knee, the questioning of the running game, the paucity of a pass rush, and the lack of a third receiver. Every team has blemishes. That's the reality of the parity-obsessed NFL. The ...

Not to let the cat out of the bag here -- since it will be part of my Monday morning column -- but here are three adjustments the Patriots made to deal with Pat White running option out of the Pistol this afternoon ...

1) Pressing the edge: After the Dolphins' five-play, 80-yard TD drive, Ricky Williams said the Patriots "brought their outside linebacker up to the line, so our tight end couldn’t get off to the middle linebacker."

That accomplish two things. It allowe...

At one point, it seemed like Tully Banta-Cain had made the biggest play of the afternoon. On the Dolphins' first possession, he raced around tight end Anthony Fasano, blasted through a chip block by Ricky Williams, and clobbered Chad Henne from his blind side. The football flew from Henne's grasp. Adalius Thomas scooped it and ran 59 yards for a touchdown.

Or so the Patriots thought. The Dolphins challenged the fumble ruling, and after review, official Mike Carey called...