Miami Dolphins: 7 Things We Learned After Monday Night's Loss to New England

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Miami Dolphins: 7 Things We Learned After Monday Night's Loss to New England
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On Monday night, the Dolphins and Patriots took the field to kick off the 2011 season. 

It was expected that the Patriots would come into Miami, pick up the win, then leave to prepare for a big matchup next Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

Instead, we got the Patriots coming into Miami, blowing out the Dolphins, then leaving to prepare for a big matchup next Sunday against the Chargers.

In other words, it went exactly according to the script—or so it seemed. 

But this game was a lot closer than you would think. 

Well, no, that's a lie. It actually should've been worse.

So what did we learn about the Dolphins? Is this going to be the pattern or does the Dolphins' usually stellar defense just have problems against New England?

Let's find out.

Note: All quotes used in the article come courtesy of the Miami Dolphins' Sun Life Stadium Media FTP server. 

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