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NFL: Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
J.C. Jackson intercepts a pass
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  • Evan Lazar’s Advanced Stats Report: Examining Cam’s day as a passer; Pats third-down defense stays hot.
  • Doug Kyed rewatches and reviews the Week One film: Pats played it safe but effective with Cam Newton as a passer. Newton didn’t throw a single inaccurate pass.
  • Zack Cox breaks down the Patriots’ game-changing drive, and shares some final thoughts from Sunday.
  • Phil Perry runs down the Turning Point of the game: Josh McDaniels’ call for Julian Edelman end-around sparked massive Patriots drive.
  • Jerry Thornton posts his first-of-the-season ‘Knee Jerk Reactions’ to Week 1: The play that was most familiar though was Newton’s second touchdown run. Because it looked exactly like Jacoby Brissett’s unforgettable run when he beat Houston 27-0. /Thornton’s knee-jerk columns are a must-read this season. ‘Always Sunny’ fans will appreciate the ‘Dayman’ reference, lol.
  • Michael Hurley serves up some still-warm leftover Patriots thoughts: Cam Newton to New England is a godsend.
  • Chad Finn shares 13 thoughts on the Patriots’ win: More often than not, watching Cam Newton is going to be a lot of fun.
  • Dave D’Onofrio gives us 5 takeaways from Sunday’s win. It wasn’t perfect but the Patriots handled their business.
  • Mike Reiss notes Cam Newton says he’s not worried about injuries if the Pats keep using him as a rusher.
  • Hayden Bird reports ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky thinks this was a nice start but “fourteen designed runs, all of which [ended with] hits is not sustainable for Cam Newton.”
  • Luke Ervin (PatsBuzz) Winners and losers from the Patriots Week 1 victory. Winner: The offensive line. /Amen!
  • Sara Marshall (FullPressCoverage) The good, the bad and the ugly: Patriots standouts in Week 1.
  • Jerry Thornton calls David Andrews’ reaction to Cam Newton giving him the ball to spike is “bourbon for my soul.” and the same goes for his reaction to Tom Brady’s day. /Good read.
  • Karen Guregian talks about how the Patriots secondary picked Ryan Fitzpatrick apart, forcing three turnovers.
  • Nicole Yang says Stephon Gilmore and the Patriots secondary picked up right where they left off. Even Ryan Fitzpatrick acknowledged it after his team’s 21-11 loss: “Their secondary played better than I did.”
  • Steve Conroy finds Chase Winovich enjoying his expanded role and settling into playing every down.
  • Steve Conroy mentions Bill Belichick lauding the resilience shown by Derek Rivers, who missed two of his first three professional seasons due
  • Andy Hart relays Bill Belichick explaining the Patriots evolution from the Tom Brady offense to Cam Newton.
  • Andrew Callahan explains how Cam Newton unlocks a whole new offense for the Pats.
  • Andy Hart asks, “Tom who?” Cam Newton has barely been in New England two months, but he’s already taken the Patriots by storm.
  • Ryan Hannable tells us how Patriots teammates reacted to Cam Newton’s debut: ‘He’s crazy talented.’
  • Scott McLaughlin highlights WEEI guest Boomer Esiason giving Josh McDaniels an ‘A+’ for his game plan, but warns that the Patriots are asking Cam Newton ‘to do a lot’.
  • Hayden Bird tells us what Dolphins coach Brian Flores had to say about Cam Newton: ‘Obviously the quarterback was an issue’.
  • Ryan Hannable wonders if Brian Hoyer, not Jarrett Stidham, be the backup quarterback moving forward.
  • Rob Bradford relays Cam Newton detailing how his post-game outfit was put together.
  • Ryan Hannable suggests we not overreact to Tom Brady, Bruce Arians and Cam Newton.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Week 1 Report Card: Cam Newton era starts off strong.
  • Andrew Callahan grades the Patriots in his Week 1 Report Card: Cam Newton earns an A in his debut.
  • Logan Mullen passes along the reported details of Stephon Gilmore’s reworked deal.
  • Chad Finn reports Patriots-Dolphins outdraws Tom Brady’s Buccaneers debut in Boston TV market.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Best of social media: Week 1 Dolphins vs Patriots.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Dont’a Hightower shares first photographs of newborn son.


  • Sam Monson (Pro Football Focus) NFL Week 1 refocused: New England 21, Miami 11. “The Patriots’ offensive line also largely had its way with Miami’s defensive front, controlling the line of scrimmage and answering some of the questions that surrounded it entering the year.”
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: Lamar Jackson’s improvement, Jonathan Taylor is ready; Plus, the Colts’ rookie runner is ready to step up, silver linings for the Vikings and Falcons; More NFL notes.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( Debrief: Tracking Week 1 storylines that actually matter. 3) The Patriots’ offense will be as funky as you wanted it to be.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) The Week 1 Overreaction Index: What’s real and not real fFrom the NFL’s opening slate? Tom Brady and the Bucs looked rough, Cam Newton and the Pats were solid; More.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick on new-look offense: “We always try to do what’s best for the team to win.” /Big, if true.
  • Nora Princiotti (The Ringer) Cam Newton and Russell Wilson are a window into understanding the NFL in 2020.
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) Week 1 NFL quarterback awards: Picking the best and worst from Sunday. The ‘Return to Form Award for getting back to your old tricks’ goes to Cam Newton.
  • Adam Schein ( The nine biggest winners from Sunday. 8. Bill Belichick.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The winners and losers of NFL Week 1. Winner: Bill Belichick.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 1 grades. Patriots B-, Dolphins C.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Four more games will have fans in Week Two.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL warns teams of potential discipline for failure to properly wear masks. /If spotting all the slipped masks on the sideline were a drinking game, we’d still be drunk from Sunday.
  • Jimmy Traina (SI) TV highlights, lowlights from NFL Week 1.


  • Jerry Thornton posts his ‘mini-jerk’ reactions to Tom Brady vs. the Saints. “As much as I thought with six months to prepare, I’d be ready for seeing the greatest winner in NFL history under center for the losingest franchise in NFL history, I was completely unprepared. Mentally. Emotionally. Spiritually. It fried all my circuits like an Electro Magnetic Pulse.”
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Bruce Arians surprised Tom Brady didn’t play better, expects a bounce-back.
  • Eric Wilbur sneers at Tom Brady having a disastrous first outing with the Bucs. /’Eesh.
  • Robin Lundberg (SI) Time has finally caught up with Tom Brady: Unchecked. /After one game?
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady extends pick-six streak to three.
  • Rob Bradford notes Stephen Gostkowski avoids a totally disastrous night by nailing the game-winning field goal with 17 seconds left in the game after missing missing three FG attempts and an extra point earlier.
  • WEEI reports Jamie Collins was ejected from first game with Lions for head-butting ref.