Originally posted on AFC East Daily  |  Last updated 12/6/12
BY SEAN DONOVANWhile moral victories are always reserved for losers, the Miami Dolphins still have to be pleased with their defensive performance in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the New England Patriots.After all, the Patriots had been scoring at a record 37 points-per-game pace going into the week, yet were held to just two touchdowns.The Dolphins did this by generating pressure on the quarterback while keeping enough players in coverage, not an easy task against an opponent as sharp as Tom Brady.Five minutes into the third quarter, New England had driven into Dolphins territory looking to add to it's 17-10 lead. On third-and-4, the Dolphins lined up with just three down linemen, with defensive end Olivier Vernon standing up behind the nose tackle.Perhaps knowing that Vernon is primarily a pass rusher, Brady seemed to adjust his pass protection to account for him. At the snap of the ball, Vernon dropped back into a short hook zone.Prior to retreating into coverage, Vernon took one slight...
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