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“Turnovers are a huge part of the game, and other than points, they’re probably statistically the highest correlation to winning,” Belichick said. “You have to take advantage of those opportunities, to turn them into points. When it happens that fast, it really can swing the momentum in a hurry.”
Miami starts a rookie (Ryan Tannehill) at quarterback, and the Dolphins have struggled with turnovers this season, owning a minus-10 differential. Look for the Patriots to apply plenty of pressure and seek out those game-changing opportunities through turnovers. It’s worked well so far.
“When the defense creates a turnover, or the special teams creates a turnover . . . the offense gets a tremendous amount of energy,” offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. “We always take the field with the mind-set that we want to score touchdowns, and maybe there’s a little extra incentive to follow through on a great defensive series that resulted in a turnover with 6 points.
“Our guys have really tried to respond to those quick changes where all of a sudden we’re on defense and then — bang — we’re on offense right away with great field position. [We’re] really trying to cap off those turnovers with scores.”