The Patriots squaring off with the Dolphins down in Miami is as much of a David vs. Goliath contest as you’ll find in Week 2.
Head coach Brian Flores is set to see his former Patriots squad for the first time since leaving the organization for Miami this offseason. Unlike Matt Patricia from a year ago, however, the near 19 point spread in favor of New England suggests that he won’t be getting the better of Bill Belichick this time around.
The Patriots, meanwhile, are looking to show off their new receiving weapon in Antonio Brown, who found his way to Foxborough last weekend after his short tenure with the Oakland Raiders came to a dramatic close.
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Time: 1 p.m. ET
Where: Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Florida)
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The last time the Patriots were in Miami, a miracle occurred. This time around, the Dolphins will need lightning to strike twice if they want to walk away with their first win of the season on Sunday.
If the stripping of talent from the roster with various trades didn’t tip you off, the 59-10 thrashing they took at the hands of the Ravens in Week 1 will tell you that the Dolphins aren’t really in the business of winning games in 2019. The 18.5-point spread between the favorite Patriots and the Fins will also tell you that no one really expects this game to be particularly close either.
But, as we saw last year, miracles can happen.
First year head coach Brian Flores does have a special familiarity with the Patriots, the team he worked with from 2004 up until leaving this offseason for Miami. He could have some inside knowledge of how New England will operate down in South Beach, but his inferior roster may be his ultimate undoing.
Last week, Lamar Jackson lit up the Dolphins secondary, completing 17 of his 20 passes for 324 yards and five touchdowns. Marquise Brown was the biggest beneficiary of the Ravens pass catchers totaling 147 yards receiving and two scores. Now in Week 2, the guy under center is six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and his main pass catcher could be Marquise Brown’s cousin in Antonio Brown, who signed with the Pats last weekend.
New England is fresh off a 33-3 trouncing of the Pittsburgh Steelers in their opener, so this club seems primed to put up even more gaudy numbers in this AFC East contest.