When you have suffered the amount of injuries the Patriots have had this season, the margin for error becomes incredibly small.
In a 24-20 loss to the Dolphins, the Patriots were in the red zone four times, but only came away with a touchdown once.
Mike Giardi and Tom E. Curran discussed on PostGame Live the Patriots inability to score touchdowns once inside the red zone.
“That was really the difference in this game as you could see them moving down the field,” Curran said. “They had to go to more vertical routes once they got down inside the 20 and they had to do it earlier in the game as well because it compresses down there without Rob Gronkowski to throw to.”
While the red zone difficulties hampered Patriots, there were other miscues throughout the game contributing to the loss.
“It’s not as if the Patriots peed down their leg all afternoon,” Curran said. “It was just small little things. A pulled field goal, a couple of protection problems that ended up in empty three-and-outs, and a play by Marquice Cole where he probably should of just gone for the wrap instead of the strip on Mike Wallace that resulted in a touchdown. Look, to go on the road against Miami with all that Miami had to play for, I’m not stunned that they didn’t win.”