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A PFF look at the Dolphins victory over the Pats

As I did last season, every Tuesday I will share with you the review of the previous Sunday's game (no idea what will happen Monday night) via my friends at ProFootballFocus.com.

The Dolphins dispatched the Patriots 33-20 on Sunday. So most of these grades should be pretty good.

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Offensive summary

Lamar Miller drew the “start,” but was out-snapped by Knowshon Moreno 48-27.

The breakdown of #3 receiver snaps was as follows: Brandon Gibson had 36, Jarvis Landry had 31, Rishard Matthews had 8.

Brandon Albert and Samson Satele came up with two of the bigger performances by any tackle or center in the league in Week One, especially in run-blocking. Albert had a +4.0 grade playing left tackle. Satele, signed in August to fill in for Mike Pouncey had a +3.2 grade.

If Satele continues to perform like this, it gives the Dolphins space to make sure Pouncey is fully ready and fully in football shape to come back from his hip surgery rehab. Maybe they give him two weeks of practice instead of just one.

Second TE Dion Sims is looking at mostly a blocking role; he was asked to block on 24 of his 39 snaps. Understandbly, by the way. He dropped a potential TD pass.


When pressured, Ryan Tannehill was an only 2-for-10 with 12 yards, with an interception, and a sack taken.

Tannehill’s struggles with the intermediate and deep accuracy continued, going 3-for-11 on throws of 10-yards or more down the field.

As I wrote Monday, OC Bill Lazor wants Tannehill to get better fast.


Knowshon Moreno tallied 72 (of his 134) yards after contact and he caused six missed tackles during his breakout afternoon. Moreno is an AFC Player of the Week candidate for sure.

The Dolphins had the most success running right behind their center Samson Satele, recording 73 yards on 12 carries when running up the middle.

Lamar Miller didn’t force any missed tackles, but still had 21 yards after contact of his 59 total on the ground.


Mike Wallace was moved around plenty and saw targets against five different Patriot defenders -- Revis (5), Alfonzo Dennard (2), Jerrod Mayo (2), Jamie Collins (1), and Dont'a Hightower (1). Think about this: Mayo, Collins and Hightower are linebackers so Bill Lazor found a way to get WR on LB matchups for Wallace four times during the game.

Moreno had a great day running the ball but didn’t have a single target in the passing game.


Cameron Wake lapped the rest of the 4-3 DEs this week with a +6.7 grade (the next highest was +3.2), registering two sacks, two hits, and two hurries in the opener. He played well, folks.

Jason Trusnik (66 snaps) and Jelani Jenkins (59 snaps) were the primary nickel linebackers when Koa Misi and Dannell Ellerbe were forced from the game.

Earl Mitchell (+4.1) was a standout performer from the interior line, logging three hurries in the pass rush and three stops in the run game.

Opponents' passing

Tom Brady’s accuracy over 10 yards was also shaky. He was 4-of-22 on passes of 10-plus yards down the field.

When blitzed, Brady was 9-16 for 134 yards. Meanwhile, when not blitzed, Brady went 20-40 for 115 yards and took three sacks.


Will Davis was targeted a team-high 12 times, but allowed just three catches. Here’s who he was targeted with, and their catches in parenthesis: Brandon Lafell five targets (0), Kenbrell Thompkins three targets (0), Julian Edelman three targets (2), and Shane Vereen one target (1).

The Dolphins allowed just four catches on 11 Rob Gronkowski targets, with Jelani Jenkins (4 targets, 1 catch) and Brent Grimes (3 targets, 1 catch which was a TD) doing the best work on him.

Safeties Jimmy Wilson and Louis Delmas combined to allow eight catches on 10 targets, but those eight catches went for just 75 yards.