What else could the grade be on a night when Tom Brady throws for a franchise-record 517 yards? The protection is excellent, and with Deion Branch and Wes Welker as leading receivers, and Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez with big nights at tight end, the attack is unstoppable.
This was a night to pass the ball given the matchups, but when the Patriots ran it, they had success. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is a hammer on the goal line (1-yard TD run), while Danny Woodhead leads the way with 69 yards on 14 carries while playing the majority of snaps as the "passing" back.
The revamped defense doesn't produce consistent pressure and Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne finishes with 416 passing yards. Some of those came at the end of the game, but still, the Patriots had some trouble in all three levels of the field.
The numbers look better than they truly were for the Dolphins (20 carries, 98 yards, TD) because quarterback Chad Henne had 59 of them on scrambles. Overall, the Patriots do a nice job containing the elusive Reggie Bush (11 carries, 38 yards, 3.5 avg.)
A missed 48-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter by Stephen Gostkowski, coupled with Julian Edelman's decision to field a punt at the 1-yard line bring this grade down. Safety Sergio Brown leads the team with three special teams tackles.
Bill Belichick and his staff have the Patriots ready to go in a game that is often the most unpredictable on the schedule. The fast-paced offense puts pressure on the Dolphins and the rotation in certain spots keeps players fresh.
2015 New England Patriots Schedule
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