Pats Nation: Week 2 vs. Dolphins Recap
This win was about as bittersweet as it gets. Here I am, on my couch with 5 minutes left to go in the 2nd quarter and the Patriots holding a 24-3 lead thinking all is right in the world. You really couldn't tell me shit at this point. Jimmy was looking like Tom Brady circa 2007 and that is by no means an exaggeration. I watched this man march the offense down to 3 TD drives and make it look easy. Then out of nowhere, I saw Tony Romo in a Garoppolo jersey as Kiko Alonso completely rained on his parade. Luckily, it ended up being just a sprained AC Joint, but man that one looked like it hurt. If Jimmy wasn't so flawless before he got injured, we would have definitely lost that game. Something tells me that Bill is about to light into his defense before Thursday night's tilt with the Texans.
I missed Jimmy's first drive no thanks to Sunday Ticket shitting the bed, but I ended up seeing every throw. The way he spread the ball around to a number of different receivers was reminiscent of #12. He capped it off with a strike to Amendola while on the move, showing great pocket awareness and the ability to extend the play. For his second TD drive, Jimmy found Marty B. on a seam route after a textbook case of "look the safety off to the opposite side of the field". Finally, on his last TD, Garoppolo knew the pressure was coming off the left edge before the snap. He also knew that the middle of the field would be empty because there was straight man to man coverage, and he found Amendola again on a post pattern while throwing on the run. I kid you not, Jimmy G looked like he was on the verge of hanging 50 on the Dolphins; they had no answer for him.
After Jimmy Romo got hurt, we turned to our rookie 3rd round draft pick Jacoby Brissett with Julian Edelman (the former Kent St. QB) filling in as an emergency option. Jacoby actually did pretty well to be honest. Our offense went to a much more run oriented game plan obviously, but when Jacoby did throw he did a reasonable job. He actually led the team down the field for a TD, which is really another testament to Belichick and his coaching staff more than anything. We were up 31-3 in the second half, so for a rookie getting his first NFL action, this is the ideal position to be in.
The reason the game was so close in the end is because for some strange reason, our defense decided to stop playing. They had the clamps on Tannehill in the first half, but like I said in the season preview, "the Patriots will beat the 85' Bears one week and then lose to Ryan Tannehill the next". How do you give up more points to the Miami Dolphins at home than you do to the Arizona Cardinals on the road? They couldn’t stop a nose bleed in the 2nd half, and the entire secondary looked like it was playing on its heels because of there being virtually no pass rush. For as much as we were up, it's embarrassing that this game came down to Tannehill throwing a pick in the end zone for what could have been a game tying score.
With a short week before Thursday night's game, it's up in the air how the dynamic of our QB depth will play out. Sources (Twitter) tell me that the Pats haven't given up hope of Jimmy playing against the Texans, or at least having him active as a backup. But at the end of the day, New England already has their 2 wins they needed to have before the GOAT returns in week 5, the rest of these games would just be an added bonus. Don't fret Pats fans, Tom, Gronk, and Dion Lewis will be back soon enough, and we'll be back where we always are in January, the AFC Championship with a good chance to win it all. We're on to Houston.