Coming off of a very close loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the Miami Dolphins will look to once again try and pull off the upset against the New England Patriots in New England, this Sunday at 1 PM EDT.
If the Dolphins can get the unlikely win they’ll improve to 1-1, if they lose they’ll have the unfortunate record of 0-2, where only 5 teams since 2007 have rebounded to make the playoffs.
After the Patriots upset the heavily favored Arizona Cardinals in Arizona without the big names of Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Rob Ninkovich, it doesn’t look great for the Dolphins, but then again the Dolphins weren’t supposed to have a close game against the Seahawks either.
I’m sticking with my early prediction and I’m going to give the Dolphins the surprise win here. My bold prediction for this game is that the Dolphins defense continues to impress, as they don’t allow the Patriots to score more than a couple touchdowns. The Dolphins defense will likely be heading into Foxborough without some of its big names as defensive end Mario Williams, and defensive tackles Earl Mitchell and Jordan Phillips were all banged up during the Seattle game.
Williams is in concussion protocol so there’s no time-table for his return. Mitchell is week to week with a calf injury and currently on injured reserve. Phillips has an ankle injury but isn’t expected to miss any time. Should Williams miss the game the depth of the Dolphins will be put to the test early this season, as Jason Jones will look to replace him until he can return.
The Dolphins will also look to give new teammate Donald Butler a chance for a backup and potential starting role behind a questionable linebacking core to say the least. Judging from last week the Dolphins look like they’re getting ready to give return man Jakeem Grant the green light on the starting job as he returned 3 of the 4 punt returns and 2 of the 3 kick returns for the Dolphins as Jarvis Landry looks to become a full time receiver. All things considered you can make strong claims for why both teams have a chance in this one however anything can happen in the NFL and the Dolphins will look to prove that to everyone as they head into Foxborough to take on the Patriots.