The Miami Dolphins Beat the New England Patriots 20-7 with Season Opener at Hard Rock Stadium


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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide receiver Tyreek Hill take the field for their game against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday in Miami Gardens.

Tommy Thornton, Staff Writer

The Dolphins had a promising win this Sunday at the Hard Rock Stadium. Not only did Tua Tagovaila get his fourth win over the Patriots, but it was Mike McDaniel’s first win as a head coach. McDaniel proved to Miami and the rest of the NFL why he should become an NFL coach because of his risky, but rewarding play calls. An example of this was when the Dolphins went for it on 4th and 7, they ended up scoring later with a 42-yard touchdown pass from Tagovailoa (QB) to Jaylen Waddle (WR). This game ended up being a promising win for the organization because small tactics and new coaching ideas like that changed the Dolphins’ momentum for the better.

The great Dolphins Defense is back. Only allowed 7 points and forced three turnovers. Jevon Holland had a significant game with an interception and three solo tackles. Not only did his defense pick off the ball, but they also scored. Brandon Jones (S) stripped Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, and Melvin Ingram (OLB) recovered it for a touchdown. The win shouldn’t leave the fans skeptical about this defense since they showed great effort and played their hearts out.

Even though the Dolphins offense didn’t put up as many points as expected, something showed; the run after the catch, also known as “RAC”. This was expected with McDaniel as the play caller and even though Tagovaila did not take as many deep shots, he still finished with 270 yards and 11.7 yards per throw attempt. That’s almost doubled his career yards per attempt with only 6.2. New additions performed phenomenally as well. Chase Edmonds (RB) did poorly with only 25 yards rushing but was Tagovaila’s safety blanket catching four passes from him with a total of 40 yards. Tyreek Hill (WR) was the talk of the town of the game with 8 catches for almost 100 yards. His speed and spectacular catches were truly game-changing for Miami. It is clear that the Dolphins didn’t put on a total “show,”’ but with this performance, it is certain that a 30+ point game will come up later during the season.