BOSTON (CBS) — Just one week into the 2014 NFL season, the New England Patriots find themselves at the bottom of the AFC East following their disappointing 33-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
The Patriots were shut out in the second half as the Dolphins put up 23 points and outgained New England 222-67. Boomer Esiason of WFAN in New York and CBS’ The NFL Today joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich on Monday morning for his weekly call into the show, and said the Patriots did not show up for the game’s final 30 minutes on Sunday.
“They wilted,” said Boomer, noting the heat and humidity down in Miami. “The defense of the Patriots got steamrolled by Knowshon Moreno and the rebuilt offensive line of the Miami Dolphins. Nate Solder had all he could handle with Cameron Wake, who was a beast in the second half. Any time you throw the ball over 50 times in a game, like Tom (Brady) did yesterday, that usually leads to bad things.
“I don’t really overreact after Week 1; things happen and some teams catch other teams off guard. For the most part yesterday that is exactly what happened — the Dolphins in the second half wore down the Patriots, especially on defense,” added Boomer. “Like Tom said after the game, they had no answer for them offensively. The Patriots offense looked as bad as I’ve ever seen it, to be honest with you. I’m sure Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will get back to work today, figure out their problems and straighten them out before next week.”
Esiason was very impressed by what the Dolphins defense showed in the second half of Sunday’s win, calling the performance “as impressive as it gets.”
Boomer also gives his thoughts on the rest of the AFC East, wins by the Eagles and Bengals, and the latest development in the Ray Rice case: