By: Ian Logue
Last night’s 41-14 victory was a big one by the Patriots, as the win over Miami leaves them at 3-1 and tied for the AFC East as they head into their bye week. There’s plenty to talk about this morning, so let’s get to the headlines.
Greg Cote of the Boston Herald writes that the Patriots exposed Miami’s flaws in front of a national audience last night.
Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald has quarterback Tom Brady’s reaction to winning his 100th game last night, with Brady telling reporters, “I hope I’m here forever.”
Rapoport also writes that an inspired effort by the team after a week of negativity helped play a part in the beating they put on the Dolphins last night.
Rapoport also has an article on Brandon Tate, with his kick return being the catalyst at the start of the 3rd quarter and set the tone for the rest of the game.
Karen Guregian writes that Ninkovich did a good job getting even against his former team last night with his two interception effort.
Ron Borges has a column this morning on Chung and what his performance last night meant to New England.
Mark Farinella of the Attleboro Sun Chronicle writes that Tom Brady got his 100th career win last night, and had plenty of help from his friends in doing it.
He also writes that the defense did a great job in dialing up the pressure during the win.
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com takes a look at Danny Woodhead, who saw the number of snaps he was in rise last night down in Miami.
Reiss also points out that the team’s turnaround last night started in the third quarter on Brandon Tate’s 103 yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Reiss also writes that Ninkovich’s play was a pleasant and unexpected surprise last night, after the linebacker picked off two passes.
Monique Walker of the Boston Globe writes that Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich picked a great time to have a career night, as the linebacker finished with two critical interceptions.
Bob Ryan of the Globe feels that the AFC is up for grabs, and writes that so far only Buffalo and Oakland are the two that likely won’t be in the hunt.
Ryan also points out how they won, and all the ways they did it.
Erik Scalavino of Patriots.com has Analysis/Reaction from last night’s game, looking at several different areas from the game.
Michael Felger writes that “Everything Old is New Again” for the Patriots after they took care of business down in Miami.
Tom Curran of NECN feels that after this game, the Patriots have earned the right to revel in what was quite a performance.
Christopher Price of WEEI.com has some interesting postgame notes from the game, pointing out that Patrick Chung’s performance last night was a historic one to say the least.
Price also has “10 Things We Learned” from this one, and it’s a good read.
Albert Breer of the Boston Globe has a “Movers & Shakers” piece from last night, with Patrick Chung and Jerod Mayo as two guys who are on the rise after last night’s win.
Breer also writes that the Patriots defensive system is finally starting to take shape after last night’s performance.
He also writes that it was an “Altogether Exciting Win” in his “On Football” column this morning.
He also has a piece on Chung, who’s calm approach is what he claimed helped him be successful last night.
Michael Vega of the Boston Globe points out that the Wildcat was never an issue in this one, as the Dolphins never tried throwing that one at them.
Christopher Gasper feels that the Patriots proved that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick can still get it done in a “must-win” scenario after last night’s win.
Gasper also has a piece with Monique Walker, pointing out that Chung’s play last night helped pay big dividends for New England.
And finally Albert Breer says goodbye in this final blog post at Boston.com as he moves on to his new job. We appreciate the football coverage while he was here, and wish him the best.
That’s it for this morning. We’ll have a few more pieces later on, so be sure and check the front of PatsFans.com for updates throughout the day.