New England Patriots defeat Miami Dolphins, 41-14

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The current Patriots defense hardly resembles the units on that side of the ball during the club’s championship years.

The players of today need time to grow, with eight defenders with four or fewer years of experience in starting roles.

As for the defenders of yesterday, the notion that replacements simply can be plugged in for franchise cornerstones such as Tedy Bruschi, Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, Mike Vrabel, Willie McGinest, and Richard Seymou...

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. –In a surprising turn of events, it was not the Patriots offense that was largely responsible for their 41-14 win over the Dolphins last night.

It was their special teams. And Rob Ninkovich.

Patrick Chung blocked a punt and a field goal — both leading to touchdowns — Brandon Tate had a 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and Ninkovich had two first-half interceptions, leading New England to its first significant road win since late in the 200...

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — There are a handful of reasons why last night’s win was enormous for the Patriots as they go into the bye week.

But to find the biggest one you have to take a macro view of the game.

The Patriots won, and won handily, not just because of the performance of the offense, defense, and special teams, but how one fit with the other.

The phrase “complementary football’’ long has been uttered around Gillette Stadium, and last night at Sun Life Stadi...

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Calling all veteran Patsologists, calling all veteran Patsologists. In all your 50 years of Pats watching, have you ever seen anything like this?

I’ve only been watching them on and off since 1964, and I sure haven’t.

If anything, last night’s was the kind of game we’d have expected one of those funky Patriots teams from the 1970s or ’80s to lose, especially on the road. A 103-yard Brandon Tate kickoff return? A Patrick Chung blocked punt settin...