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Week 14 Patriots Offensive Stats:
QB Tom Brady had his worst game of the season when it came to deep passes. Brady attempted six attempts of over 20 yards and completed just one while throwing two interceptions on such throws. As a result, the Patriots signal caller had a passer rating of just 13.9 on deep passes while his passer rating on these attempts was 105.9 coming into this game.
Brady has excelled on long developing plays prior to this game as, coming into yesterday’s game, he led the NFL by a significant margin with a passer rating of 116.9 when he attempted a pass 2.6 or more seconds after the snap. However, he struggled on these plays against the Dolphins and both of his interceptions came on passes when he held on to the ball for more than 2.5 seconds. Consequently, Brady had a passer rating of just 26.7 on these plays, which was the second-lowest in the NFL in Week 14.
It was not an easy task to solve the Patriots’ problems in pass protection as pressure came from everywhere. In fact, all Patriots offensive linemen allowed at least two pressures against the Dolphins. Joe Thuney (one sack and three quarterback hurries) and David Andrews (two hits and two quarterback hurries) struggled especially since they allowed four total pressures apiece.
The Patriots were never able to get the ground game going and both the offensive line and the running backs can be blamed for this. New England’s running backs were contacted after just 0.7 yards on average; however, they were also unable to break a single tackle on their 10 carries and averaged just 1.8 yards after contact.
While the Patriots had disastrous results throwing into the coverage of Xavien Howard (0/6, 2 interceptions, 0.0 passer rating), Tom Brady did have success targeting other directions as he completed 24 of his remaining 31 passes for 233 yards and one touchdown for a passer rating of 108.7.
Week 14 Patriots Defensive Stats:
Edge defender Eric Lee continues to play a big role for the Patriots as he was the only player in the front seven to play all 73 snaps for New England. While he did lead the team with four total pressures (four quarterback hurries) on 37 pass rushing snaps; he was the Patriots’ third-lowest graded player on defense with an overall PFF grade of 41.5.
Even though the Patriots defense was on the field for the third-most snaps this season, Deatrich Wise played just 16 snaps, his fewest all season. Although all of Wise’s 16 snaps came rushing the passer, he failed to pick up a single pressure for the second time in three games after recording at least one pressure in each of his first 10 games.
The Patriots front seven did a good job to win their battles against the Miami offensive line, but they just could not bring RB Kenyan Drake to the ground. Even though Drake averaged just -0.27 yards before contact, he was able to churn out positive plays as 122 of his 114 yards came after contact and he averaged 4.88 yards after contact and broke three tackles on 25 runs.
Overall, the Patriots were unable to generate pressure and get close to QB Jay Cutler. Cutler was under pressure on just 22.0 percent of his dropbacks, which was the second-lowest for a quarterback in Week 14. While Cutler completed just one of his seven attempts for eight yards and had a passer rating of 39.6 under pressure (second-lowest in Week 14), he had a passer rating of 133.1 when kept clean (fourth-highest in Week 14) as he completed 24 of his 31 attempts for 255 yards and three touchdowns when there was no pressure.
While cornerbacks Malcolm Butler, Stephon Gilmore and Jonathan Jones allowed a passer rating of just 23.2 in their first game against Miami, they struggled on Monday night. The three players were targeted a total of 16 times and gave up 11 receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns without breaking up a single pass as they allowed a passer rating of 127.3 in this game.