WHEN THE PATRIOTS HAVE THE BALL
Uh-oh. The Dolphins – like the Jets and Bengals – can bring that pressure without committing extra rushers because they have very good defensive tackles – Randy Starks and Paul Soliai with Jared Odrick in the mix as well and the redoubtable Cameron Wake at one defensive end, Olivier Vernon at the other. The work last week of center Ryan Wendell, left tackle Nate Solder and the backs in blitz-pickup was worrisome. Miami knows it has to get heat on Tom Brady to have a fighting chance. Miami has had problems with tight ends and Rob Gronkowski figures to be better this week than he was in New York where he showed some rust. Hard to expect much from Danny Amendola after missing only a game with what looked like a brutal concussion, but Julian Edelman should have a good day and against a Dolphins secondary that is average, the outside receiver contingent should be better off than it was last week. It all starts with the protection though. If it’s there, Miami gets carved up.