Since the start of the season, media members have identified a number of areas of concern regarding the 2010 Patriots. They include poor defense, inability to win on the road, and poor second half performances.

The Patriots made nice progress in all three areas last night, taking a 7-6 halftime deficit and turning it into a 41-14 win in Miami over the Dolphins. Patrick Chung blocked a punt and a field goal, and returned an interception for a touchdown, and Rob Ninkovich had two interceptions as the Patriots made a statement on Monday Night Football.

Obviously, it wasn’t all perfect, as the Dolphins still had success in moving the ball up and down the field, but the Patriots got big plays when they needed them, on the road, in the second half. Get all the coverage at, but in the meantime, here are the top links from this morning:

 Ten Things We Learned Monday: Patriots’ win a retro classic – Christopher Price runs down the important things to take away from this one.

Patriots earn the right to revel– Tom E Curran says it was a good night for “told ya so.” 

How’d they do it? Let’s count the ways – Bob Ryan has never seen anything the likes of what was happening on the field last night in Miami.

Inspired Patriots rise on road – Ian Rapoport has a Bill Belichick pregame speech setting the tone.

Patriots all smiles after rout at Miami – Mike Reiss has Belichick “positively giddy” after this one.

Altogether exciting win – Albert R Breer wonders if this was just “a flash in the pan” but says that last night everything came together just as they drew it up. On the Extra Points blog, Breer says good-bye, as he heads out to Los Angeles to begin his new job with NFL Network.

Unsung heroes make Monday night very special for Patriots – Jim Donaldson says that this Patriots team has a chance to be special.

Defense dials up the pressure – Mark Farinella has the Rob Ninkovich and the Patriots defense getting the job done last night.

Everything old is new again for Patriots – Michael Felger laments that he’ll have to spend the next two weeks ripping the Red Sox.

Chung’s handiwork paid off big – The Globe Notebook has a look at the huge effort from safety Pat Chung.

Jermaine makes his big splash – Bill Doyle has the “other O’Neal” hoping to take another duck boat ride in June after getting his first taste of one this weekend.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers happy with second unit – Scott Souza has the coach impressed with his bench thus far.

Catching up with Brian Scalabrine: Part 1 – Jessica Camerato has the ex-Celtic talking about his time in Boston.

Success on Krejci’s menu – Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins center enjoying some home cooking, and looking forward to a big season.

Comcast SportsNet has sent Joe Haggerty and Mary Paoletti to Prague to cover the Bruins opener. Here is the schedule for the week:

Tue, Oct 5

  • blog postings from Prague by Joe Haggerty

Wed, Oct 6

  • Prague walk-a-bout with Johnny Boychuk
  • SportsNet Central & coverage of morning skate

Thu, Oct 7

  • NHL clinic with Sternberk, CZ native David Krejci
  • SportsNet Central & coverage of morning skate

Fri, Oct 8

  • One-on-ones with 1st round pick Tyler Seguin and GM Peter Chiarelli
  • SportsNet Central & coverage of morning skate

Sat, Oct 9 and Sun, Oct 10

  • Pre and Post game coverage from O2 Arena before and after Bruins-Coyotes games

The Providence Journal has a number of articles on the passing of PawSox owner Ben Mondor.

Paul Kenyon: Tough businessman Mondor became a lovable figure while running a baseball team

Bill Reynolds: Mondor was an unlikely hero for Rhode Island sports

Jim Donaldson: Ben never pointed the spotlight at himself

John Gillooly: Mondor turned a bankrupt team into a R.I. institution


7 thoughts on “Patriots Romp To Special Win In Miami

  1. Bruce:

    Worrying about the defense, winning on the road, and playing poorly in the second half, was something that did not just come from the media. I am not sure if that it what you meant to imply in your opening or if I misread your tone, but there were plenty of fans who came up with similar concerns on their own.


    1. I feel the same way. It was a great win and a step in the right direction (road win on Monday night in the house of Miami horrors). I'm still not 100% convinced, but if they do this to Baltimore, Minny, and S.D. in the next few weeks, I'll be waving the pom poms.


  2. Felger is going to be one miserable person for the next two weeks after that Pats performance last night. He's got nothing to complain about (he can whine about the 400 yards they allowed, but even back in the glory days they used to allow a lot of yards but not a lot of points–much like last night).

    Good thing for Felger that the Bruins start up for real next weekend. It will provide a nice distraction for him.


  3. I'm surprised that none of the Pats writers have noted what I think was the real turning point in the game: the open-field trip-up of (I think) Ricky Williams by Kyle Arrington in the 2nd quarter. Williams was loose in the secondary with nothing but daylight, and would have easily scored but for the trip-up. Next play, Ninkovich interception, drive for FG to make it 7-6.

    Given how the well the Dolphins were playing at that point, and how the Pats were struggling on defense, I think a TD by the Dolphins there and a 14-3 deficit at the half could have set the Pats way back on their heels, and the game might have turned out differently….


    1. I saw that. It was a big play, but it also came right after the refs threw that extremely questionable P.I. flag on McCourty along the sideline to bail out Henne on a bad throw on 3rd and 15 (Jaworski disagreed with it, too, so I know it wasn't just me, as a homer, saying it was a shaky call). So I consider the Arrington trip non-call to be a wash.


      1. There was no non-call on the Arrington trip — he tripped him by grabbing his ankle with his hand as he fell down. The tripping penalty is only if you use your foot or leg to trip the player (for example if you leg-whip a runner).

        The P.I. flag was BARELY justified — as in McCourty did the absolute minimum amount of interfering to be even considered for a flag. I agree that the call was terrible, but mainly because I think the ball was uncatchable — and since McCourty didn't hold the receiver (he just made contact without playing the ball), there should have been no call. (If he holds the receiver, the proper call is defensive holding even if the ball is uncatchable — not so with PI.)


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