Who even knows what to predict anymore. The bounce back week ended up a bounce down week. That was an embarrassing performance against a very weak Lions team. Yeah sure maybe Matt Patricia knew how to counter what Belichick does, but the talent on this team is lacking. And now a very hot Dolphins team is coming to town at 3-0. They are most likely just playing way above their heads, but that doesn’t mean that they’re going to be the usual Dolphins that the Pats roll over. This is a must win to get this team on track.
Brady needs to carry this team on his back if they are going to get back on the horse this week against the Dolphins. The Dolphins defense is not to be taken lightly. If Brady is not properly protected then this is a pass rush that could cause problems for him. The gameplan has to be more than handing the ball off to Sony Michel and going 3 and out every drive. That was pathetic. The Dolphins have a very aggressive front 7 and that is not going to work. This secondary has given Brady problems too. Last season Xavien Howard picked off Brady twice in one game. If he doesn’t have Josh Gordon out there to create separation from DBs then there is going to be some issues. There needs to be a lot more James White in the backfield, and Gronk has had some great games against Miami in the past, so he should be a handful for them if he gets the targets.
The Dolphins have developed a high speed offense, similar to Kansas City’s. It involves a lot of motion and fast players on the field. They have 5 different receivers to watch out for. DeVante Parker has been disappointing so far, but still has that #1 receiver talent and can’t be forgotten about. Kenny Stills exploded in week 1 and has some legit speed to break open. Our old friend Danny Amendola is also still there to make an impact in the short game. The Dolphins also had 2 receivers breakout last week in Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant. Grant might be the fastest guy in the league, and he made Malcolm Butler look dumb last year. It’s tough to pay attention to so many guys, as well as running back Kenyan Drake and rookie tight end Mike Gesicki. Ryan Tannehill has looked great with all of these weapons around him, so the secondary will have their hands full this week. They are even thinner at linebacker without Ja’Whaun Bentley, but Pat Chung being back should make a huge difference.
Overall this is a tougher game than it should be, and although its still early it could be a pivotal point in the season. They cannot let themselves get down on the season this far below .500. I’ll give the Pats this one in a close one because it’s in Gillette, 34-31.
-Jake Kobierski (@TheRealKobe83)
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