Curran's 1st-half thoughts for Patriots-Dolphins

Curran's 1st-half thoughts for Patriots-Dolphins
October 27, 2013, 2:45 pm
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FOXBORO -- The Patriots are in danger of dropping their third game in their last four meetings, trailing Miami 17-3 at the half. Lose this one and the AFC East tightens up even more.
* Tom Brady threw for 25 yards in the first half. He had three bad throws to Rob Gronkowski. One was a pick, one was incomplete on third down, one was a triple-coverage throw on third down on which Brady got bailed out by a pass interference call.
* The Dolphins ran the ball 22 times in the first half. Their high for a game this season is 26. Exploiting the Patriots shortcomings in the middle.
* The Patriots tweaked their communication on defense by giving the green dot to Steve Gregory instead of Dont’a Hightower.
* H-back Charles Clay has been targeted six times already. A season-high.
* Protection has been below average. Logan Mankins has been twice beaten for sacks
* Marcus Cannon is in for Vollmer who may have broken his right leg in the second quarter.
* Neither Logan Ryan nor Stevan Ridley played in the first quarter. Both did some hot-dogging last week on TDs against the Jets.