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Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots Pick & Prediction SEP 13TH 2020

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Predictions of the end of the New England Patriots' 11-year reign at the top of the AFC East are plentiful this summer. Some even speculate the Miami Dolphins might be the team to supplant them.


One thing is certain: the longtime adversaries look much different than the teams that squared off in Miami's 27-24 upset win last December.


The post-Tom Brady era begins for New England Sunday at Gillette Stadium.


The Patriots hand the keys to the offense to another former Super Bowl MVP. Cam Newton, released in the offseason by the Carolina Panthers, could have signed with any team but went unclaimed for weeks before the Patriots brought him in on a relatively bargain deal for a starting quarterback.


Newton overtook second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham to earn the starting job, while winning over head coach Bill Belichick.


But there's more to prove.


Newton has undergone four surgeries over the past six years, which raises doubts about his potential effectiveness, but he won over teammates in New England and will make his first start for the Patriots.


The Dolphins (5-11 in 2019) had a productive offseason in free agency and drafted a potential future franchise quarterback in Alabama star Tua Tagovailoa.


Dolphins head coach Brian Flores named Ryan Fitzpatrick his starter for week 1 as Tagovailoa continues to learn the offense.


"New England is different, we're different, it's a new year, it's a different year, so it'll be a different environment with no fans," said Flores, a former Patriots defensive coordinator who guided his team to an upset win at Foxborough to close out his first season as head coach. "Everything is just so, so different that we as an organization, as a team, we're not really looking at last year's game and taking much from it."


Newton's offensive targets won't have much experience beyond Julian Edelman, N'Keal Harry and a backfield of James White, Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead.


The Patriots recently placed second-year back Damien Harris on injured reserve after undergoing finger surgery.


"It's been a fun process (with Cam), he brings a lot of energy," Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. "There's never a dull moment and then you can see why the players gravitate so much towards him and his personality."


The Patriots' defense took some hits in the offseason in losing linebacker Dont'a Hightower and safety Patrick Chung after both opted out due to COVID-19 concerns. Tackle Danny Shelton and linebackers Jamie Collins, Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts each departed in free agency with the latter two joining the Dolphins.


Cornerback Stephon Gilmore and both Jason and Devin McCourty are back in what should be a formidable secondary.


The Dolphins' defense felt the pain of the initial stages of their rebuild in 2019 surrendering the most points in the league (494) and allowing a league-worst 6.0 yards per play.


Fitzpatrick (85.5 passer rating in 2019) still has DeVante Parker (72 catches, 1,202 yards, nine TDs), and second-year pro Preston Williams (32 catches, 428 yards, three TDs), but lost Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns after each opted out.


The arrival of Jordan Howard and Matt Breida should improve what was the league's worst running game in 2019 (3.3 yards per attempt). Miami also traded for versatile receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. last week.


"We have a lot of talent on the offensive end and I think being able to utilize each guy, playing to their strengths and giving them some freedom to go out there and do what they do best, that will hopefully show up here as we get going," Fitzpatrick said.


For Miami, Parker (hamstring), Williams (knee), Van Noy (hand), cornerbacks Byron Jones (Achilles) and Xavien Howard (knee) and tight end Mike Gesicki (glute) were limited in practice Wednesday. Tagovailoa (hip) practiced fully.


For the Patriots, Edelman (knee) was limited in practice as were wide receiver Gunner Olszewski (foot) and defensive lineman Chase Winovich (shoulder).


--Field Level Media


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Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

Player Position Lineup
Jerome Baker primary: Linebacker Starter
Jesse Davis primary: Right Tackle Starter
Ryan Fitzpatrick primary: Quarterback Starter
Mike Gesicki primary: Tight End Starter
Davon Godchaux primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Xavien Howard primary: Cornerback Starter
Bobby McCain primary: Safety Starter
DeVante Parker primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Durham Smythe primary: Tight End Starter
Andrew Van Ginkel primary: Linebacker Starter
Preston Williams primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Shaq Lawson primary: Linebacker Starter
Emmanuel Ogbah primary: Defensive End Starter
Jordan Howard primary: Runningback Starter
Elandon Roberts primary: Linebacker Starter
Ereck Flowers primary: Left Guard Starter
Ted Karras primary: Center Starter
Byron Jones primary: Cornerback Starter
Austin Jackson primary: Left Tackle Starter
Raekwon Davis primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Brandon Jones primary: Safety Starter
Solomon Kindley primary: Right Guard Starter
Chandler Cox primary: Runningback Substitution
Julie'n Davenport primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Michael Deiter primary: Guard Substitution
Sam Eguavoen primary: Linebacker Substitution
Isaiah Ford primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Myles Gaskin primary: Runningback Substitution
Jakeem Grant Sr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Matt Haack primary: Punter Substitution
Mack Hollins primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Patrick Laird primary: Runningback Substitution
Calvin Munson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Nik Needham primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Eric Rowe primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Jason Sanders primary: Kicker Substitution
Zach Sieler primary: Defensive End Substitution
Christian Wilkins primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Jamal Perry primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Kamu Grugier-Hill primary: Linebacker Substitution
Kyle Van Noy primary: Linebacker Substitution
Noah Igbinoghene primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Robert Hunt primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Matt Breida primary: Runningback Substitution
Blake Ferguson primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Kavon Frazier primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Adam Shaheen primary: Tight End Substitution
Adam Pankey primary: Guard Not active
Clayton Fejedelem primary: Defensive Back Not active
Tua Tagovailoa primary: Quarterback Did not play
Jason Strowbridge primary: Defensive End Not active
Malcolm Perry primary: Runningback Not active
Lynn Bowden Jr. primary: Runningback Not active
Player PositionLineup
David Andrews primary: Center Starter
Ja'Whaun Bentley primary: Linebacker Starter
Byron Cowart primary: Left End Starter
Jermaine Eluemunor primary: Right Tackle Starter
Stephon Gilmore primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Lawrence Guy primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
N'Keal Harry primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Ryan Izzo primary: Tight End Starter
Jonathan Jones primary: Cornerback Starter
Shaq Mason primary: Right Guard Starter
Devin McCourty primary: Cornerback Starter
Jason McCourty primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Sony Michel primary: Runningback Starter
John Simon primary: Right End Starter
Joe Thuney primary: Left Guard Starter
Chase Winovich primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Isaiah Wynn primary: Left Tackle Starter
Adrian Phillips primary: Strong Safety Starter
Damiere Byrd primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Brandon Copeland primary: Linebacker Starter
Mike Onwenu primary: Guard Starter
Cam Newton primary: Quarterback Starter
Jake Bailey primary: Punter Substitution
Justin Bethel primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Terrence Brooks primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Rex Burkhead primary: Runningback Substitution
Adam Butler primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Shilique Calhoun primary: Linebacker Substitution
Joe Cardona primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Julian Edelman primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Hjalte Froholdt primary: Guard Substitution
J.C. Jackson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Jakob Johnson primary: Fullback Substitution
Jakobi Meyers primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Derek Rivers primary: Defensive End Substitution
Matthew Slater primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
James White primary: Runningback Substitution
Joejuan Williams primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Deatrich Wise Jr. primary: Defensive End Substitution
Cody Davis primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Kyle Dugger primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Anfernee Jennings primary: Linebacker Substitution
Devin Asiasi primary: Tight End Substitution
Justin Herron primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
J.J. Taylor primary: Runningback Substitution
Xavier Williams primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Nick Folk primary: Kicker Substitution
Korey Cunningham primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Jarrett Stidham primary: Quarterback Not active
Brian Hoyer primary: Quarterback Did not play
Josh Uche primary: Linebacker Not active
Dalton Keene primary: Tight End Not active
Cassh Maluia primary: Linebacker Not active

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

  • Match Start
  • Period 2
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 46 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Jason Sanders
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 4 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Nick Folk
    • Rusher: Cam Newton
  • Period 3
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 11 Yards
    • Rusher: Cam Newton
    • Conv Kicker: Nick Folk
  • Period 4
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Sony Michel
    • Conv Kicker: Nick Folk
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Rusher: Ryan Fitzpatrick
    • Rusher: Jordan Howard
  • Match End


Last 10

W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • @Buffalo L 26 - 56
  • @Las Vegas W 26 - 25
  • New England W 12 - 22
  • Kansas City L 33 - 27
  • Cincinnati W 7 - 19
  • @N.Y. Jets W 20 - 3
  • @Denver L 13 - 20
  • L.A. Chargers W 21 - 29
  • @Arizona W 34 - 31
  • L.A. Rams W 17 - 28
W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • N.Y. Jets W 14 - 28
  • Buffalo L 38 - 9
  • @Miami L 12 - 22
  • @L.A. Rams L 3 - 24
  • @L.A. Chargers W 45 - 0
  • Arizona W 17 - 20
  • @Houston L 20 - 27
  • Baltimore W 17 - 23
  • @N.Y. Jets W 30 - 27
  • @Buffalo L 21 - 24

Last Meetings

  • Patriots @ Dolphins 12-22
  • Dolphins @ Patriots 11-21
  • Dolphins @ Patriots 27-24
  • Patriots @ Dolphins 43-0
  • Patriots @ Dolphins 33-34
  • Dolphins @ Patriots 7-38
  • Patriots @ Dolphins 20-27
  • Dolphins @ Patriots 17-35
  • Patriots @ Dolphins 35-14
  • Dolphins @ Patriots 24-31

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots

Cam Newton looked like his former self by scoring twice and amassing a combined 230 yards passing and rushing to lead the New England Patriots to a 21-11 season-opening win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at Foxborough, Mass.

In his Patriots' debut, Newton showed signs of what New England (1-0) hoped for when they signed him to replace the departed Tom Brady as their starting quarterback.

Newton's ability to keep the Dolphins (0-1) off balance with zone-read options allowed the Patriots to seize control following a scoreless first quarter.

Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP for the Carolina Panthers, completed 15 of 19 passes for 155 yards and posted a 100.7 passer rating, while rushing for 75 yards on 15 carries. His rushing touchdowns from 4 and 11 yards out helped New England build a 14-3 lead with 10:14 to go in the third quarter.

The Patriots' defense, despite losing several players before the season both to free agency and opt outs due to COVID-19 concerns, intercepted Dolphins' quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick three times, including two in the first half by Stephon Gilmore and Adrian Phillips.

J.C. Jackson's interception in the end zone with 1:28 remaining in the fourth ended Miami's hopes of a late comeback.

Fitzpatrick, who completed 20 of 30 passes for 191 yards with no touchdowns and a 44.6 passer rating, played the entire game, as first-round draft pick Tua Tagovailoa watched from the sideline.

Newton's effectiveness opened up the Patriots' running game, which amassed 217 yards. Sony Michel also ran for 37 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Newton nearly had a touchdown pass to add to his stat line late in the third, but receiver N'Keal Harry was stripped of the ball by Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker near the goal line resulting in a touchback.

The Dolphins cashed in with an 11-play, 80-yard drive capped by Jordan Howard's 1-yard touchdown run. Fitzpatrick followed with a 2-point conversion run that cut New England's lead to 14-11 with 10:31 left in the fourth. Howard was held to 7 yards on eight carries in his Dolphins' debut and Miami rushed for 87 yards, led by Myles Gaskin's 40 yards on nine carries.

But Newton answered by leading a 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive during which he converted a fourth-and-1 at the Dolphins' 6-yard line before Michel's score.

Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker exited the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return.

--Field Level Media