The New England Patriots may not be firing on all cylinders, but on most of them: midway through the second quarter, the team is up 17-0 against the visiting Miami Dolphins after two big plays allowed the Patriots to add to their lead.
First, linebacker Kyle Van Noy reacted quickly to a bad snap from center Travis Swanson to quarterback Ryan Tannehill:
#Dolphins are making it easy on the #Patriotspic.twitter.com/ceRyuPrupX— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 30, 2018
Despite Swanson and Tannehill in good position, Van Noy was able to fall on the loose football and give New England a short field. Just one play later, the team took advantage of the takeaway:
.@SweetFeet_White breaking ankles on his way to the end zone!@Patriots lead 17-0. #MIAvsNE— NFL (@NFL) September 30, 2018
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White, who usually is more active as a pass catcher out of the backfield, received his sixth carry of the day and he made the most out of it. The veteran reversed course and was able to reach the end zone for the Patriots’ second touchdown of the day.