After losing to the Philadelphia Eagles 25-20 in their season opener, the Patriots will try to bounce back in Week 2 against a more familiar opponent. The Miami Dolphins are coming to town for Sunday Night Football fresh off an impressive 36-34 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Dolphins are a tough opponent and are favored to win the game at various sportsbooks, but the Patriots are still more than capable of coming out on top. After nearly beating the Eagles in Week 1, they proved they can hang with one of the best teams in the NFL. They’ll also be wearing their red throwback jerseys, which have historically given them a boost.
With that in mind, here are three reasons New England will beat Miami in primetime this week.
3 Reasons Patriots Will Beat Dolphins Week 2
1. The Patriots Have a Better Coach
The Patriots may not have Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski or any legit superstars anymore, but they still have Bill Belichick, arguably the greatest head coach of all time in any sport.
Some people might think that Belichick has lost his fastball a bit after winning six Super Bowl titles with New England, but he quieted most of those critics in Week 1. He had the Patriots ready to go against the Eagles and they fought tooth and nail for 60 minutes, nearly pulling out the win against a much more talented team.
Belichick doesn’t have the talent he once did, but he still excels at preparing his team to play every week and putting them in position to win. Sometimes the breaks don’t go your way (like last week), but you can bet that New England will be in this game to the end.
On the other side, Mike McDaniel is basically a rookie coach. This is only his second season as a head coach, and he still has a lot to learn. McDaniel hasn’t won anything yet but is being overrated in some circles because his tenure started with Tyreek Hill’s arrival in Miami.
The Patriots prevailed against the Dolphins last year at Gillette, 23-21, so McDaniel has yet to win in Foxborough, too. Belichick is great at making adjustments, so expect him and his players to bounce back from a close loss last week.