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New England Patriots links 9/13/21 - Mac, the apple of Sunday’s pie; Fumbles, red zone the rotten core

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Miami Dolphins v New England Patriots
Matt Judon, the pulverizer
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  • Karen Guregian emphasizes how the Patriots Week 1 loss can’t be blamed on having a rookie quarterback; Mac Jones stars in his Patriots debut.
  • Mike Reiss recaps Sunday’s loss to the Fins: Mac Jones impresses in debut, but a late fumble at the 9-yard line ended what could have been a go-ahead touchdown drive. Jones finished 29-of-39 for 281 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Red zone offense, penalties doom Patriots in 17-16 loss to Miami.
  • Tom E. Curran knows losing at home to a division rival thanks to self-inflicted wounds is a tough way to start the season for the Pats, but the future is bright with Mac Jones passing his first test.
  • Karen Guregian talks about how the Dolphins took advantage of the Pats’ miscues in a rare flip of script.
  • Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned from Sunday’s loss. “Finishing drives and games was an issue for the Patriots offense with Cam Newton under-center in 2020 and carried over to the opener with the Pats coughing up the football four times (two lost fumbles) and going one-for-four in the red zone against the Dolphins.”
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Patriots’ lessons learned from Week One loss to Dolphins. Lesson One: Move on from mistakes, but protect the football.
  • Zack CoxPatriots Takeaways: Sunday’s loss wasn’t all bad news for the Pats. 1. Mac Jones is legit.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Missed it by that much: Patriots fall to Dolphins in season opener 17-16, despite some impressive moments on both sides of the ball.
  • Bob George (PatsFans) Patriots fumbled away Jones debut in loss to Dolphins.
  • Scott McLaughlin points out how Mac Jones’ debut was statistically historic.
  • Jake Levin compares Mac Jones’ first start with Tom Brady’s debut.
  • Phil Perry’s Week 1 Report Card: Mac deserves high marks for poise under pressure.
  • Karen Guregian relays Bill Belichick on WEEI: ‘If we don’t address (our problems), I’m sure we’ll see them again next week’
  • Ryan Hannable highlights WEEI guest Bill Belichick: We did enough things to win, but didn’t play well in situational football.
  • Nick Goss highlights Damien Harris’ reaction to his costly fumble yesterday.
  • Adam London notes James White told Damien Harris after his costly fumble that ‘he’’s got to keep competing.’
  • Ryan Hannable NFL Rumors: With Ryan Fitzpatrick injured, could Cam Newton find new team in Washington?


  • NFL Game Center ( Dolphins 17 at Patriots 16: Drive summary, stats, highlights.
  • Miles Ruder (PFF) NFL Week 1 Game Recap: Miami Dolphins 17, New England Patriots 16. Trailing by a point with under four minutes to go, Mac Jones nearly led the New England Patriots offense to a game-winning score, but a fumble by Damien Harris on the Miami 8-yard line ultimately cost them the game.
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Patriots vs. Dolphins takeaways: Late fumble spoils Mac Jones’ NFL debut.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Damien Harris’ red-zone fumble allows Dolphins to escape 17-16.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Mac Jones: Definitely wasn’t good enough, starting with me.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Jimmy Garoppolo has learned to live with his unusual situation. Plus, Joe Burrow dissects overtime, David Culley and Jameis Winston talk after wins, Kyler Murray’s magic and more from Week 1.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA Week 1: Cheese, Decisions and Dreams—Jameis Winston gets the ‘W’ in Saints’ statement rout of Pack.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Week 1 takeaways: More Mahomes magic, Saints destroy Pack, Urban Meyer’s debut disaster; Plus, the Steelers gut one out, Chandler Jones’s unstoppable return, Jalen Hurts shines, Seattle finds a new star, Kyle Shanahan’s offense runs wild, Ja’Marr Chase catches just fine, and much more from first Sunday of the season.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL insider notes: Eagles, superb Jalen Hurts could be a factor, Jags must help Lawrence and more from Week 1.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) Week 1 takeaways: What we learned, big reaction questions and stat leaders for every game.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 1 grades. Patriots: D+, Dolphins C+.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The winners and losers of NFL Week 1. Loser: The Patriots’ fumbling running backs.