For a Patriots defense that had had so many positive moments over the last two months, Monday represented a low point.
New England yielded 27 points in the loss, the most in a game since the first month of the year when the Patriots allowed an average of 32 points per game. Miami running back Kenyan Drake had 25 carries for 114 yards, while the Dolphins had four different receivers with 40 yards or more receiving. And Jay Cutler went 25-for-38 for 263 yards with three touchdowns and no picks, all while picking up his first career W at the expense of Bill Belichick.
Quite a difference in the shutdown performance that the New England defense flashed in much of the contest against the Dolphins two weeks ago, a game where the Patriots were able to make some big plays at the end of the first half and silence the Miami offense down the stretch for a 35-17 win.
What was the difference this time around, Devin McCourty?