When you are not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, you are technically out of the playoffs.
The Miami Dolphins season is worse than initially thought.
No one saw this one coming. The second year of an Adam Gase coached team that made it into the playoffs last season.
Tom Brady tossed four TD passes, and the New England Patriots pushed through injuries and a mistake-filled game for a 35-17 victory over the descending Dolphins.
Brady was his same old self, what a difference a year makes for the Dolphins.
Patriots posted its seventh consecutive victory and third straight win over Miami. The Dolphins have lost five straight for their longest slide since 2011.
“The only stat that matters is the win and loss,” quarterback Matt Moore stated.
Here are more stats. Dolphins are third in the league in fewest points and second worst in allowing points moreover it is now nine straight losses for Miami at New England.
Miami has a talent issue. When you see coach Gase standing and stoic looking at his team from the sideline he is not viewing flowers blooming. Instead, the look is from disbelief on how talented the roster is, however, it is not producing what it is capable of on the field. It is shocking and would leave many speechless.
“These guys have done a good job of sticking together through a little of adversity,” Gase stated.
The Patriots dabbed a little salt on the wound early. They got tricky to set up their first score, using a fourth-down run by Nate Ebner on a fake punt on their 27-yard line to keep their opening drive alive. Rex Burkhead finished it with a 2-yard touchdown run.
“It sucks. Losing sucks. If anybody likes losing this is the wrong sport to be in, ” Mike Pouncey stated.
The Dolphins have five games remaining in the season. They will not make the playoffs. The Denver Broncos visit Miami next with ex-defensive coordinator Vance Joseph tagging along coaching for the first time against his ex-employer. The Broncos are winless on the road this season, and the guys in the desert give the edge to the Dolphins. A Miami loss would be catastrophic with the Patriots visiting next.