Cassel, Moss eating up Jason Allen

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

MIAMI -- The New England Patriots are making the Miami Dolphins pay for assigning defensive back Jason Allen the task of covering Randy Moss.

The Patriots have taken a 24-21 lead in the third quarter at Dolphin Stadium on Moss' second touchdown reception, an 8-yard timing route in the back of the end zone with Allen defending.

It was the sixth lead change.

Two plays earlier, on a third-and-10 play, Matt Cassel absorbed a jarring hit before rifling a pass to Moss for a 15-yard gain even though Allen was flagged for defensive holding.

On Moss' first touchdown, he gave New England a 17-14 lead with 2:14 to go in the second quarter. Cassel threw a short pass to Moss, who made the catch, faked Allen to the ground and ran the rest of the way for a 25-yard score.

Moss has six receptions for 90 yards.

Allen, the 16th-overall pick in 2006, has been used at both cornerback and safety this year. He entered Sunday with only one start.