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December 2, 2012

Two-minute drill

Patriots 23, Dolphins 16

BIG SHOWS

1. Trevor Scott – A couple cheapie sacks for two yards lost. Cheap sacks, yet nonetheless sacks. How could you ask for much more than that for Chandler Jones/Jermaine Cunningham’s replacement?

2. Wes Welker – You negative types tend to focus on a drop here or there by Welker, like the one in the end zone yesterday, but when you are open so much and are targeted 18 times in a game, you are going to drop a ball or two. Another monster week with 12 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. He is the pass offense right now.

3. Aaron Hernandez – Again, a couple early drops, but he was extremely productive as things heated up. Finished with eight catches for 97 yards.

4. Vince Wilfork – A couple nice tackles and some steady pressure on the inside. Love his football sense. Reads so well. Pounced on a fumble. Just an active day inside.

NO SHOWS

1. Stephen Gostkowski – Another missed field goal, number six on the year. Do you have confidence in this guy from 35-plus in a close game? I certainly don’t.

2. Rob Ninkovich – The inconsistent Ninkovich returned in which his edged got caved early and often. Marcus Thigpen left him lunging for air once, and Reggie Bush did his best work running this way. No sacks, limited pressure, even though he had the benefit of no Jake Long most of the day.

3. Brandon Lloyd – Any idea where he was Sunday. The play sheet says on the field, and he did have a catch, but the kid was a ghost.

4. Kyle Arrington/Tavon Wilson/Aquib Talib – The coverage was shameful on the outside. A decent QB wouldn’t have underthrown Davone Bess or overthrown Greg Hartline when it mattered. The Pats got away with one here.

5. Nate Solder/Sebastian Vollmer – As strong as this team was opening holes in the fourth quarter for the running game up front, the edge was a problem. Tom Brady was sacked four times and Cameron Wake was trouble all afternoon.

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