An Amazing Upset: Miami Dolphins Trample New England Patriots

James WilliamsonSenior Writer ISeptember 21, 2008

Once in a while, I'm glad I'm wrong. I'm glad right now. I thought that Miami was going to get smashed by New England. But I take it back. Miami was the one taking revenge in a 38-13 victory Sunday.

Chad Pennington gave a stellar performance, passing 17-of-20 for 226 yards while setting up four touchdowns. However, the game ball will go to runningback Ronnie Brown. This man gave the largest one-man performance for the year. Running for 113 yards on 17 carries, he scored four rushing touchdowns of two, 15, five, and 62 yards.

He also threw a pass to Anthony Fasano for a 19-yard touchdown. Count 'em: five touchdowns. The people who have this guy on their fantasy team are thanking the football gods right now.

I am just stunned at the fact that this team is the first team to deal a loss to the Patriots. The defense was great, holding New England to two field goals and one touchdown, while intercepting Matt Cassel for his first interception of his starting NFL career.

I was doubting GM Bill Parcells. I was doubting new head coach Tony Sparano. I was doubting quarterback Chad Pennington. I was a doubting Thomas.

Miami can actually have a good season this year. With this win, all they need is one more to have a better season than last year. I thought linebacker Joey Porter would have to eat serious crow for saying that the Dolphins would win. Well it looks like I'm going to have to say "Bon Appetit" and eat it myself.

And for one of the very few times, I am going to eat it happily. Joey Porter backed up his words with five tackles, three sacks, an assist, and a forced fumble. The defense also had safety.

Yeremiah Bell made seven tackles and three assists, and safety Renaldo Hill added six tackles and an assist. Defensive ends Randy Starks and Philip Merling had good games with an interception by Starks, and a sack made by Merling. David Martin also forced a fumble.

The battle for the AFC East is far from over now that Miami avoided an 0-3 start. If the Jets lose to the Chargers on Monday, then the Dolphins will be tied with them with 1-2 records. New England, with its no-longer-perfect season, will be 2-1 and the Bills will be 3-0 after their victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Well, ladies and gentleman, we should be happy that the Patriots will not have a perfect season, because it makes the game boring for the rest of us. Right now I have to go out and hunt dinner, or can you get crow store-bought?