Patriots Off To Great Start With First Three Game Wins

Andrew Della Piana

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The defending Super Bowl champions New England Patriots travel to South Florida on Sunday, September 15th, to take on the 0-1 Miami Dolphins for Week 2 of the 2019 NFL Season and will look to improve to 2-0 on the season after the Patriots dismantled the Pittsburgh Steelers 33-3 at Gillette Stadium last Sunday. Based off of what we saw from 2019 Patriots against the Steelers, they might be better than last year’s championship team. The Patriots were absolutely dominate on both sides of the football. Even though former defensive coordinator, Brian Flores, left for a head coaching job in Miami this offseason, the defense was still incredible after only allowing 308 yards, most of that in garbage time, and not allowing the Steelers to enter their end zone either. The Patriots were also supposed to include the 7x Pro Bowler, Antonio Brown. However, due to recent allegations, Brown has since had his contract ended.

The Patriots have struggled at games in the past in South Florida. The Patriots are 16-38 all-time in Miami, including two losses in postseason contests. They are also 1-5 in their last six visits to Miami, including a streak of two straight losses at Hard Rock Stadium.

It is hard to find anything positive for the Dolphins after their season-opening thrashing at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens defeated the Dolphins 59-10 in Week 1. The Miami defense looked absolutely abysmal. Miami surrendered 265 yards on the ground and 378 through the air as they allowed 5.8 yards per carry to the Ravens and 16.4 yards per completed pass attempt, which was the most yards allowed by any NFL defense during the opening week.

There have been reports this week that “multiple” Dolphins players called their agents to request trades after their gruesome loss to Baltimore.

On Sunday September 15, we learned that if the New England Patriots are just that good, or the Miami Dolphins are just that bad. New England destroyed Miami this week, the final score was 43-0. The Patriots’s defense was elite again as they shoutout and outscored the Miami offense with interception returns for touchdowns of 54 yards by Stephon Gilmore and 69 yards by Jamie Collins Sr. The defense totaled seven sacks and four interceptions. They haven’t allowed a touchdown in 3 straight games. Antonio Brown also caught a 20 yard touchdown pass in his debut for the Patriots and ended the day with 56 yards on four receptions. Tom Brady threw for 264 yards and two scores as the Patriots move to 2-0 on the season. They go to 2-0 for the first time since 2016 and have outscored their opponents in the first two games 76-3.

On the other hand, the Miami Dolphins have had two straight blowout losses at home to begin the 2019 campaign. Last week for Miami, it was the worst defensive performance in team history. This week, it was the offense’s turn. Two quarterbacks, two pick sixes. Through three quarters, the Dolphins offense only had 38 yards of offense. Through two weeks, they have been outscored 102-10. That’s 31 points worse point differential than the previous record set back in 1968. That is just a ridiculous stat. Even with these ridiculous stats, the Patriots ended strong in game 3 with 30 points over the Jets’s 14 points. It is looking to be a great season ahead for the Pats.