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Patriots reminded Dolphins Sunday who’s still top AFC East team

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You could just feel it coming couldn’t you? The Patriots had lost two games in a row, and everyone was writing their most recent premature obituary. The Dolphins had won three straight and everyone was touting their start and potential for 2018.

And then, the Fins traveled to Gillette Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Final score: Patriots 38 Dolphins 7.

If you were looking for the emphatic reminder of who the team to beat in the division is/was/and apparently will be until Tom Brady retires at age 53, you got it in this game.

Yes, Miami got an early interception of Brady by Bobby McCain while the game was scoreless, but not much went right after that. Instead, the Dolphins offense was in quicksand throughout the important parts of the game.

The Fins managed just 172 total yards, with QB Ryan Tannehill throwing for just 100 of them. And worse, RB Kenyan Drake has disappeared from the Miami attack. He carried just three times for an equal three yards and a modest one catch for 13 yards.

Tannehill fumbled a snap at his 22 yard line and New England quickly cashed in on the next play with a James White 22 yard scamper and the rout was on.

Brady was his usual surgical self finishing 23-35 for 274 yards and two scores, that included a 55 yard strike to speedy Cordarrelle Patterson that helped New England off to their quick start. Rookie running back Sony Michel ran for another 112 yards and a score, as well.

It wasn’t all good news for the Pats, as tight end Rob Gronkowski left with a sprained ankle in the third quarter and did not return.

Still, New England played with confidence that they hadn’t shown in back to back losses at Jacksonville and at Detroit. And while it’s a long season, they always seem to string together three, four, five game win streaks, too. And maybe that’s about to start.

Miami played like a bumbling team with 10 penalties and little to no “punch.”

Yes, if Sunday was supposed to be about how far the Dolphins had come/improved in trying to knock off the Patriots to win the AFC East, they failed at that.

Miserably.

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