Sunday, December 27, 2009
Patriots 30 minutes from AFC East title
By Tim Graham
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots look like they're going to clinch the AFC East in authoritative fashion Sunday.
And they're probably going to be alone in representing the AFC East.
Over the last two games, the Patriots needed to win one, or the Miami Dolphins lose one. Both are well on their way to happening at halftime.
The Patriots lead the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-0 and should be up even more in a lopsided contest in Gillette Stadium. Laurence Maroney fumbled on the goal line to waste a long opening drive, but the Patriots recovered to tack on three more touchdowns before the break.
Tom Brady has been sensational. He has just two incompletions on 16 attempts for 150 yards and three touchdowns, two of them short darts to Randy Moss. I wouldn't be shocked to see backup quarterback Brian Hoyer late in the third quarter if this continues because the Jaguars are falling apart.
The Dolphins are getting skunked at home by the Houston Texans, 27-3.
With the season on the line, the Dolphins have started sluggishly two straight games. They rallied from a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter last week, but succumbed to the Tennessee Titans in overtime.
If they somehow can make it a game against the Texans, with the way that game is unfolding, it would be a Christmas miracle.
Houston is outgaining Miami 307-107.
Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne has thrown for 82 yards and an interception. Ricky Williams leads them on the ground with 22 yards.