ReFo: Dolphins @ Patriots, Week 15

Chandler Jones, Jared Odrick, and others get mentions in Kiernan Hogan's review of the Week 15 win for New England.

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ReFo: Dolphins @ Patriots, Week 15

2014-REFO-WK15-MIA@NEThe New England Patriots clinched the AFC East title for the sixth consecutive season yesterday, after a blowout victory over the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots were not at their best in the first half, but outscored Miami 24-0 in the third quarter to put the game away.

Now standing at 7-7, the Dolphins will be hard-pressed to make the playoffs. Miami had difficulty protecting Ryan Tannehill, allowing 22 total pressures. The team’s defense also missed 16 tackles, which is never a recipe for success. Here are the game’s key performances:

Miami Dolphins – Performances of Note

Ja’Waun James, LT: -5.1

Breakdown: James was adequate as a run blocker, but surrendered a season-high 11 total pressures (two sacks, two hits and six hurries), on his way to a -4.7 pass protection grade. James now has red grades in three of his five games since replacing the injured Branden Albert at left tackle.

Signature Stat: James had surrendered nine total pressures in his previous four games at LT, before allowing 11 in yesterday’s game alone.

Jared Odrick, DT: +2.1

Breakdown: Odrick was moved too easily in the run game at times, but shined as a pass rusher. He turned 29 pass rushes into three hits and a pair of batted passes for a season-high +3.5 pass rushing grade.

Signature Stat: Odrick has just one sack this season, but still ranks 12th among defensive tackles with a +8.6 pass rushing grade for the season. He now has 28 total pressures, and his six batted passes lead all defensive tackles.

Philip Wheeler, LB: -2.4

Breakdown: Missed tackles were a major problem for the Dolphins, and Wheeler led the way with four. Adding to the tackle troubles, Wheeler was targeted three times in coverage and surrendered three catches for 62 yards. The former Colt/Raider had missed just three total tackles in 2014, and his -2.4 grade is his worst of the year.

Signature Play: Rob Gronkowski beat Wheeler for a 35-yard gain that set up Julian Edelman’s touchdown late in the third quarter.

New England Patriots – Performances of Note

Chandler Jones, OLB: +4.1

Breakdown: Jones played 56 snaps in his first game back from a hip injury, and posted his second-best grade of the season. He earned positive marks in both run defense and pass rushing. All four of his tackles were stops, and he turned 40 pass rushes into two sacks, a hit, four hurries and a forced fumble.

Signature Stat: Despite the missed time, Jones ranks ninth among 3-4 OLB’s in both overall grade and pass rushing grade.

Dont’a Hightower, LB: +4.4

Breakdown: Hightower continued his excellent season, and now leads all inside linebackers with a +22.7 season grade. Hightower led the team with a +3.0 run defense grade and four stops, and added a sack and a hit as a pass rusher.

Signature Play: Hightower teamed up with Jones to sack Ryan Tannehill on 4th-and-23 late in the fourth quarter, giving the ball to New England’s offense to run out the clock.

Rob Gronkowski, TE: +4.4

Breakdown: After being shut out in the first half, Gronkowski had three catches of 27 or more yards in the second half. He was also dominant as a run blocker (+2.0), earning his best grade of the season in that department.

Signature Stat: Gronkowski’s overall grade of +27.7 is more than double that of Greg Olsen, our second highest-graded tight end of 2014.

PFF Game Ball

Chandler Jones’ excellent performance in his return to the field earns him the game ball.


  • Football

    Remember when people were saying the Dolphins were gonna win the AFC East after week one? LOL

    • Dennis Josefsson

      No, no-one said that.

      • Football


    • Jim

      What unrealistic people do you talk to?

      • rogue

        He might be referring to Davathon, who’s been MIA since week 2.

    • One of Nine

      Huh? The Dolphins do as they usually do and stomp the Patriots once a year and then get steam-rolled when it matters in December.

    • corners

      and this is why nobody likes pats fans.

  • Jason Williams

    Gosh I love watching Miami football in December.

    • Tim Edell

      its better then watching Browns football September-December

      • Jason Williams

        I realize this is a sad statement but this has been the most watchable Browns team I can remember since the 2007 team.

  • Derrick

    It was a MOLE, I say! A MOLE caused the Dolphins to lose!

  • The_Cheetah

    It was Trusnik that Gronk beat for the 35 yarder – not Wheeler. Wheeler is the guy who got juked out his pants by Tom ‘The Cheetah’ Brady.