After last week’s 25-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the New England Patriots will try and avoid the dreaded 0-2 start this week when they host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday Night Football. Despite the progress the Patriots appeared to show last week, it’s dwarfed by the Dolphins’ massive offensive output.
In their 36-34 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, the Dolphins boasted 536 yards of total offense, including 466 from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. This was despite star wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle both having a usage rate of under 70 percent for the game.
The Dolphins offense is red hot coming into a matchup its fared well in in recent years. Tagovailoa is 4-0 in starts against the Patriots since being drafted in the first round by the Dolphins in 2020.
What can the Patriots do to slow this offense down? And what other questions surround the team heading into a crucial Week 2 matchup? Let’s get to your questions…
To the first part of this question – I’ll get into the coverage matchups I’m expecting in this game on Friday in my weekly ‘What To Watch For,’ but I’ll drop a bit of a spoiler here and say the Patriots should be relying on Jonathan Jones to have the same kind of success against Hill that he was had in the past.
As for that 25 point line, even with the Dolphins’ explosive offense, holding them below that isn’t an unrealistic expectation. Although Tagovailoa is 4-0 against the Patriots in his career, the Dolphins have reached scoring totals of 22, 17, 33, and 20 in those games. That 20 point performance came with both Hill and Waddle on the roster, and also included a defensive touchdown by Miami. So although the Patriots have struggled against the Dolphins in recent years, it’s been the offense holding the short end of the stick more often than the defense.