1:00 PM ET, October 21, 2007
MIAMI -- Tom Brady emerged from the locker room Sunday wearing a suit and tie complemented by a pocket scarf, his stylish look marred only by a few small drink stains on one side.
Tom Brady is threatening to shatter the NFL record book this season. In fact, no quarterback had had a better start to the season, in terms of tossing touchdown passes, than the New England QB in 2007.
|Player||TDs thru 7 games||Total TDs|
|Tom Brady, 2007*||27||?|
|Peyton Manning, 2004||22||49|
|Kurt Warner, 1999||21||41|
|Brett Favre, 1996||21||39|
|*At least 3 TD passes in all 7 games|
The Patriots offense has been downright scary this season. In fact, only two teams in NFL history scored more points in their first seven games.
S Renaldo Hill hurt his right knee on Moss' second touchdown pass. S Courtney Bryan hurt his thigh, further depleting Miami at a position plagued by injuries. ... Taylor's touchdown was the eighth of his career, breaking the modern career NFL record for a defensive lineman he shared with George Martin. ... Patriots RB Laurence Maroney returned after missing three games with a groin injury. He carried six times for 31 yards.
New England did a great job in this game of spreading Miami out by formation and exploiting both the two-deep zones and man coverage schemes the Dolphins employed in an attempt to limit Patriots QB Tom Brady and his explosive wide receivers. Brady was consistently able to get the ball deep and WR Randy Moss continues to show why he is once again one of the best vertical threats in the league. Miami was able to make up a little ground late in the second half and did manage to rush for 179 yards, something that might cause some concern for Patriots coach Bill Belichick and his staff. Brady’s six touchdown passes still made this an old-fashioned beat down.
-- Ken Moll, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||8.7||5.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-3||3-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||1||1|
|TD||10:01||Donte' Stallworth, 30 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 5:09
|TD||4:33||Kyle Brady, 2 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 28 yds, 2:43
|TD||15:00||Cleo Lemon, 4 yd run (Jay Feely kick is good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 79 yds, 4:31
|TD||14:57||Willie Andrews, 77 yd kickoff return (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 77 yds, 0:00
|TD||10:52||Randy Moss, 35 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 82 yds, 1:23
|TD||6:57||Randy Moss, 50 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 73 yds, 2:54
|TD||0:33||Wes Welker, 14 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 71 yds, 14:53
|TD||11:38||Patrick Cobbs, 1 yd run (Jay Feely kick is good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 5:42
|TD||10:40||Jason Taylor, 36 yd interception return (Jay Feely kick is good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 2 yds, 1:05
|TD||8:18||Wes Welker, 16 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 59 yds, 2:19
|TD||3:49||Jesse Chatman, 7 yd run (Jay Feely kick is good)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 75 yds, 4:26