New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins will certainly play at Sun Life Stadium for the first week of NFL 2014 regular season. The last time these two teams dealt with, the Dolphins gained their first draw the Patriots in the Joe Philbin-Ryan Tannehill era.
The New England Patriots overachieved in 2013 by finishing 12-4 yet they effortlessly might’ve gone 9-7 if not for some lucky breaks. They will certainly requirement a few of that luck because they enter the 2014 NFL season with the 10th most difficult routine and play six games against teams that made the playoffs in 2013. Severe road stretches will certainly once again be a difficulty, but they need to still make the playoffs.
The Dolphins’ offending line was their bugaboo in 2013, enabling Ryan Tannehill to be sacked 58 times. New general manager Dennis Hickey has actually been slowly including items to try to reconstruct that group, authorizing Branden Albert to be the left take on and Shelley Smith to be the right guard. They still need one more guard and a right deal with, however they are well on their method to rebuilding their offending line.
They currently have spent greatly in their capability placement ability after dishing out huge deals to Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline last offseason, however tight end Charles Clay also emerged as a favorite weapon of Tannehill’s last season. The Dolphins added running back Knowshon Moreno that help repair their distress in pass security in the backfield, with Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller both struggling in that area.
The Patriots were successful in in 2013’s very first conference partly as a result of their capacity to identify and strike the Dolphins’ weak points in pass security (28 blitzes on Tannehill in 49 drop-backs). If they tee off against that rebuilt team, which could include 2 novice starters, prior to they ever before get a possibility to obtain their bearings as a device, the Patriots can acquire the road succeed for their 11th straight Week 1 triumph.
At the same time, the Miami Dolphins protection did a fine job of limiting Tom Brady in their 2 meetings in 2012, holding him to merely 61 percent in conclusions, 3 goals, two interceptions and an 81.1 passer rating, but they capitalized in the second meeting with Tannehill kipping down one of the finest performances of his job.
He tossed 3 goals, no interceptions and made a 120.6 passer rating, the 2nd greatest of his job. He likewise assisted the Dolphins to goal drives with 4 mins or much less to enter each one-half.
The Patriots were short-handed during that game, however they could be short-handed yet once again this time around. The statuses of pass receiver Aaron Dobson (foot) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (ACL) are in concern for Week 1, and the Patriots will certainly lack Brandon Browner for this game (suspension).
One means the Patriots were successful in in 2012’s first conference was striking the Dolphins offending line (28 blitzes on 49 dropbacks). If the Patriots could make the most of a group that could feature at least 2 unskilled beginners, they can edge out the roadway win.
Event: 2014 NFL Regular Season Week 1
Match: New England Patriots vs Miami Dolphins
Date: September 7, 2014
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Venue: Sun Life Stadium