Dolphins' unique personnel groupings on offense paved way for victory over Patriots


New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan is expected to play in Monday's game against the host Miami Dolphins following a four-game absence due to a shoulder injury.

The much-maligned signal-caller completed 25 of 38 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns without an interception as Miami avenged a 35-17 loss two weeks ago in Foxborough.

Dolphins Play A Complete Game -The Miami Dolphins played their best 30 minutes of football in the first half and continued to make game changing plays in the second half against the Patriots. "We can't get any worse than that", said Brady, who finished 24-of-43 for 233 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. After his second touchdown grab, he celebrated by pretending to inflate the football - perhaps mocking New England quarterback Tom Brady's "Deflategate" issues. The Miami running back ran wild for 114 yards on 25 carries, adding 79 yards on five receptions.

Monday may have been a classic trap game for the Patriots with the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2) looming next week.

They were outgained 123 yards to two in the first quarter, when Brady went 0 for 4 with an interception.

"We got behind, turned it over, and had to play on their terms all night", he said. The Dolphins also had 20 first downs while the Patriots converted 14.

The Patriots entered the game with a 20-5 record in games without Gronkowski, though in the past having receiver Julian Edelman helped soften that blow. The drive ended with a Rex Burkhead rushing touchdown to give the Pats a 7-6 lead. Branch left early with a knee injury, returned shortly after, but then had to leave for good in the second quarter.

The New England Patriots (10-2) have created a distance in the AFC East Standings with four games ahead over Buffalo and five games over Miami and NY.

A Patriots win in Pittsburgh pulls the two even in the standings, with New England holding the tiebreaker.

To do so, they'll need to quickly move past what unfolded against the Dolphins, as the struggles with "next man up" extended to the defense as well.