Tale of two halves
The Patriots didn’t play their best game by any stretch, but pulled out yet another gritty win. The first half was an abomination; the defense allowed Miami to go 6-for-10 on third down and gave up 17 points. Tom Brady looked hurt at times, and made some magnificent throws other times. The 'D' clamped down in the second half in the passing game, but I have some real concerns with its ability -- or inability -- to stop the run. Special teams chipped in with a nice block at the end. Somehow, this beat-up bunch is 6-2. But they have some work to do and, IMHO, are in desperate need of the bye.