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Previewing Patriots Opening Day in Sunny Miami

Tom Brady and Ryan Tannehill face-off tomorrow. (Photo From USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady and Ryan Tannehill face-off tomorrow.
(Photo From USA Today Sports)

The Patriots will open their 2014 NFL season in sunny and hot Miami Florida tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.

The Patriots have won 10 consecutive opening games while the Dolphins have a 3-7 record on opening day the past 10 seasons.

The Patriots will need to beat the heat and handle Miami’s new look, fast paced offense. Miami will use a no-huddle fast offense and throw a lot, but New England needs to stop the run in order to make them one-dimensional. This Miami team will be better, but I think the biggest thing will be New England overcoming the heat they will face tomorrow. Are they in shape, will they get a lot of cramps, and will they tire out? All big questions and all things they must overcome in order to win.

Also, on the defense, they need to play up close to the line and be physical with a Dolphins team looking to throw short passes and move fast. One way to stop that is being physical and play tight man coverage and cause incomplete passes. Revis will be huge in this game and if he can take away one side and Mike Wallace then New England’s defense should do alright in coverage.

Wilfork and the defensive line will be important tomorrow too. Can they stop the run? Can they create pressure on Ryan Tannehill? Tomorrow will be an excellent test for the new look defense. The biggest thing for the line will be stopping the run.

Flip to the other side, and on offense, the Patriots have to protect Tom Brady. Miami has good pass rushers and they will be a huge test for the Pats revamp offensive line that gave up 40 sacks last season. Huge thing tomorrow and if they keep Cameron Wake and Oliver Vernon at bay the Pats should be able to score.

We will see how well the receivers are tomorrow outside of Julian Edelman. Will Amendola step up or Dobson or Thompkins and LaFell? Tomorrow will set the tone for the wide outs. Someone other than Edelman needs to step up.

If Gronk plays a lot, especially in the red zone, expect the Patriots to score a couple of touchdowns.

The Patriots will need Gronk and Edelman’s A game to win tomorrow and put points on the board.

Football is back, are you ready?

 

 


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