And there goes the perfect season. Everyone knew the Patriots wouldn’t stand a chance at matching last year’s (almost) perfect season after Tom Brady lost the various CLs in his leg, but who would’ve guessed that the lowly Miami Dolphins would be the ones to break their winning streak. Or that they’d do it in such convincing fashion?
The loss ends the Patriots’ run of 21 straight regular-season victories. Meanwhile, the win for the Dolphins matches all of the victories they had all of last season. And hey, did you hear about this Ronnie Brown fella? He had a pretty decent game.
Brown finished with 113 yards on 17 carries, a robust 6.64 yards per carry. Along the way, he found his way into the end zone four times while lining up at quarterback and taking a direct snap. And that’s not where the QB-like afternoon ended: Brown threw a touchdown pass as well.
Amazing. Brown did little through two weeks, but got the start Sunday and responded with a monster game. Four of his five scores came while lining up at quarterback in a shotgun formation, with Chad Pennington out wide at receiver. New England had absolutely no answer for the formation, as Brown ran up the gut for two scores, threw a lefty strike to Anthony Fasano on a rollout play for the first passing touchdown of his career and then capped his sick afternoon with a 62-yard sprint down the sidelines. It’s an usual breakout game given the odd formation that led to most of Brown’s big gains, but clearly he’s finally feeling good following knee surgery and is safely above Ricky Williams on the depth chart.
Maybe the Dolphins found their franchise QB after all. It’s just that he’s also their franchise RB.