Latest takeaways from the Patriots loss to the Dolphins
By: Jake Rajala
The New England Patriots may honestly be cursed in their fights against the Miami Dolphins. The Phins have impressively (and surprisingly) won the prior four match-ups against the usually well-prepared Pats team. Today — Mike McDaniel and his squad defeated the hooded Pats head coach, Bill Belichick, and his squad by a score of 20-7. With that said, I’m going to untwine five takeaways from the Patriots loss to the Dolphins.
- Tua Tagovailoa
Tua Tagovailoa didn’t play like a vintage Tom Brady, but he did unravel to be the best QB on the day. The Phins signal-caller had a passer rating of 104.4, 270 passing yards, 1 passing TD, and a potent 69.7% completion percentage. Tagovailoa made a few clutch throws (as shown below) and took care of the football. It was simply a successful start for the Phins QB with his new creative HC.
- Devante Parker
Devante Parker, where art thou? It was a sexy image when the Phins were able to acquire the former Phins WR Devante Parker. Well, the crowd that moved from waiting for the answer to the universe into the Devante Parker fan section was disappointed today. He must have told the illustrious WR Allen Robinson, who ousted a catch for 9 yards on Thurs. night, to hold his beer. Parker recorded a mere one catch for 9 yds against his former squad today.
- Tyreek Hill
Jaylen Waddle had the beautiful touchdown grab on fourth down, but I liked Hill’s production a tad more (he had a modest eight catches for 94 yds). *It was more important that he was in sync in the first game, which was clearly executed. The Tua-Hill combo will begin to turn up the heat moving forward.
Of course, Hill was literally a magical WR on one play for his beloved QB.
- Melvin Ingram and Brandon Jones
The Dolphins made an underrated move to acquire Melvin Ingram on a one-year deal worth $4 million dollars this off-season. Ingram should begin to practice his touchdown celebrations after having a scoop and score today. Let’s not forget that Brandon Jones created the opportunity (strip sack) for his LB pal.
- Mac Jones
After making the Pro Bowl as a rookie, Mac Jones surely didn’t have an exciting beginning to his sophomore campaign in Week 1 of 2022. The Pats QB finished with 213 passing yards, 1 passing TD, and 1 interception. To make matters worse – he sadly suffered a back injury in the Pats loss. Hopefully, he isn’t MIA for a few contests.