Miami Dolphins 20, New England Patriots 7 – The Mercury News

Dave Hyde, Sports Columnist

You didn’t need a perfect script to start the season. You just need a win and that’s what the Dolphins got in a 20-7 win against New England.  You saw Mike McDaniel’s impact in going on fourth down a couple times in the first half, including one that led to a 42-yard touchdown. You saw this defense dominate the Patriots once again, scoring touchdown (their third in the past two games against the Patriots) and shutting down what looks like a pop-gun New England offense.

Chris Perkins, Dolphins Columnist

It was a good day all around for the Dolphins — offense, defense, special teams and coaching. No area was deficient, and the Tua Tagovailoa to Tyreek Hill connection worked well enough for eight receptions for 94 yards. Yeah, perhaps you could nitpick on some areas, but the Dolphins dominated a division opponent with a strong opening-day performance. Nice job, now on to Baltimore.

David Furones, Dolphins Writer

The Dolphins defense made the plays to turn the game in their favor. Tua Tagovailoa was good enough and avoided the costly mistakes that Patriots QB Mac Jones did make against the Miami defense. Mike McDaniel proved the moment wasn’t too big for him against Bill Belichick.

Keven Lerner, Assistant Sports Editor

The Dolphins have flashes of looking like a better offense, but it was the pass rush that paved the way to send Bill Belichick to defeat yet again in Miami Gardens.

Steve Svekis, Sports Senior Content Editor

There is obviously a spark with this speed injection into the Dolphins offense, but the way Tua Tagovailoa shuts down when under pressure, or when throwing to his right? It has to be rectified as the schedule gets tougher, including nine of the final 16 games being on the road. The pass rush and blitz mix was impressive, even with Jaelan Phillips not being seen much. And Kader Kohou … wow. Defense made Mac Jones look like a pretender.

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