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New England Patriots links 9/14/20 - Pats make ‘Phins play like fish out of water in Week One win

Daily news and links for a Victory Monday

Miami Dolphins v New England Patriots
Derek Rivers nets Ryan Fitzpatrick for the sack
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  • Mike Reiss offers his Week 1 recap: Cam Newton leads run-heavy New England to opening win.
  • Phil Perry recaps Sunday’s win, with the Patriots unveiling their new offense. ‘Behind a whopping 15 carries from Cam Newton — going for 75 yards and two scores — they bullied their way to a Week 1 win over the Dolphins, 21-11.’
  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) New England Transit Authority: Patriots defeat Dolphins 21-11.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots ground game keys 21-11 win over Miami. “The Patriots rode a grind-it-out running game and an opportunistic defense to down the Dolphins 21-11 in the opener for both teams.”
  • Nick Goss gives us his Pats-Phins takeaways: 1. Cam Newton-led rushing attack looks impressive, 2. Stephon Gilmore, Pats’ pass defense still really good.
  • Tom E. Curran says the Patriots’ first post-Tom Brady W started with the D throwing a blanket party for the Miami offense.
  • Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned Sunday. 3. Pats’ O-line gets credit from Cam and the coaches. 4. Kyle Dugger, Adrian Phillips, Joejuan Williams, Terrence Brooks replacing Chung.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Five thoughts following the Patriots win: Newton’s gesture said a lot; More.
  • Doug Kyed says Cam Newton’s Patriots debut couldn’t possibly have gone any better.
  • Zack Cox lays out how the Cam Newton-led Patriots ground game made history.
  • Bob George (PatsFans) New look Patriots off to a good start.
  • Doug Kyed highlights the Patriots who helped the most in Sunday’s win, starting with Cam Newton’s impressive performance.
  • Michael Hurley picks his four ups and four downs from the season-opening win. Up: Josh McDaniels. “The Patriots played it cool all summer long, saying their offense looked and felt pretty much the same as it always did. That, of course, was not at all the case, and the offensive coordinator deserves major kudos for reshaping that offense on the fly.”
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Kicker competition still unsettled after win; Rookie RB J.J. Taylor flashes in debut; More.
  • Doug Kyed notes Bill Belichick singles out JC Jackson for mental toughness after the game. Jackson made up for an earlier mistake with a game-clinching interception.
  • Zack Cox hears from players and coaches explaining how it felt to play in an empty stadium.
  • Adam London relays David Andrewsshout-out to the Patriots fans who weren’t allowed to attend their team’s regular-season opener. /Hey Dave, nice TD spike!
  • Abigail Adams posts a few of the strange sights from the fan-less season opener at Gillette.
  • CBS Boston reports the Dolphins literally tried to yank Cam Newton’s chains after they lost.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Steve Balestrieri break down Week 1 Pats-Fins, including Cam Newton’s performance, the prowess of the defense and what was the game’s biggest surprise. (38 min.)


  • NFL Game Center ( Patriots vs. Dolphins: Drives, stats, highlights.
  • Judy Battista ( Cam Newton leads new-look Patriots to quiet victory vs. Fins.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Dwayne Haskins is responding to Ron Rivera’s challenge; Plus, confident words from the loaded Saints, Gardner Minshew doesn’t look like he’s tanking, an excerpt from ‘Elway’ and More.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA: The good, the bad and the Trubisky in weird, wonderful NFL Week 1.
  • Kevin Patra ( What we learned from Sunday’s Week 1 games. 1. Cam Newton said we’d have to wait for Week 1 to find out what the Patriots offense would look like. It turns out it was a whole lot of establishing the run, led by the bulldozing QB.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Week 1 Takeaways: Brady struggles while Cam runs wild, Russ Cooks, Lions drop one; More.
  • Staff (ESPN) NFL Week 1 takeaways, stat leaders: Lamar Jackson, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson have huge 2020 debuts
  • Dan Graziano (ESPN) Judging Week 1 NFL overreactions: Cam Newton is back, the Eagles are doomed and more
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL insider notes: Lamar Jackson somehow looks even better, Cam Newton’s Pats not about style points and more.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Patriots beat Dolphins 21-11 in Cam Newton’s debut.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Belichick honors Fritz Pollard on his visor.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Cam Newton doesn’t want to dwell on postgame scrum with Dolphins.
  • Terez Paylor (Yahoo! Sports) Cam Newton’s Patriots debut suggests chains are all you can hope to take away from this offense.
  • Kaelen Jones (The Ringer) Cam Newton has the Patriots offense looking very different already.
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Cam Newton draws praise from Patriots coaches, teammates after halftime adjustments lead to success
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) J.C. Jackson leads a young, hungry and revamped Patriots defense following offseason departures.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Breaking down the debuts of Tom Brady, Cam Newton, other quarterbacks in new places.
  • Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) Tom Brady’s mistake-prone Buccaneers debut shows competent football isn’t as easy as Patriots make it look.
  • Ian O’Connor (ESPN) Tom Brady’s risky gamble laid bare in loss to Drew Brees, Saints
  • Conor Orr (SI) NFL Week 1: Stuff we’re already wrong about in 2020.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 1 grades. Patriots B-, Dolphins C.
  • Top plays from Week 1 (ESPN) Cam Newton rushes for two touchdowns in debut, leads Patriots to win. (1 min. clip)


  • Travis Wingfield (MiamiDolphins) Week 1 Recap: Dolphins Fall to Patriots 21-11. The New England defense was the story of the day.
  • Joe Schad (Palm Beach Post) No Brady. No fans. All-too-familiar result for Miami at New England.
  • Dave Hyde (Sun-Sentinel) Wham, bam, Cam —Dolphins got run over in opening loss to Patriots.
  • John Congemi (MiamiDolphins) Breaking down Dolphins-Patriots. 1. Couldn’t control Cam. 2. Lack of explosive plays. 3. Too many turnovers.
  • Tom D’Angelo (Palm Beach Post) Five takeaways: Miami Dolphins suffer season-opening defeat to Cam Newton-led Patriots. 1. Baker giveth, Baker taketh away.
  • Joe Schad (Palm Beach Post) Ryan Fitzpatrick struggles; Tua Tagovailoa in wings.
  • Travis Wingfield (MiamiDolphins) Pair of young Dolphins defenders fill stat sheet.