1. Cam Newton shows little rust and dominates the Miami Dolphins
Game: Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (Sunday, 9/13,1:00pm EST)
By the time the late afternoon slate of games rolls around, we will be smirking on our couches because, for least one week, Bill Belichick strikes again.
The Patriots will steamroll the Dolphins for two reasons. Foremost, the Dolphins still aren’t very good (how’s that for straightforwardness). Second, Cam Newton has the perk of suiting up for the first time as a Patriot in Foxborough. Tom Brady or no Tom Brady, New England is a painstaking spot for a less-than-stellar visiting team to eke out a win.
Keep in mind, this high-flying prognosis for Cam Newton applies solely to Week 1. This analysis does not care about Week 2 until it arrives.
The Dolphins put forth a trashy passing defense in 2019. Typically, remedies for such ailments take longer than one offseason to discover. Miami’s defense may indeed improve but kicking the tires on a new secondary is not advisable at Gillette Stadium.
During 2019, the Dolphins allowed 39 touchdown passes, which was the third-most by any team in NFL history. We don’t throw around words like trashy without due process.
Newton will show off his toolkit of old, dance to a touchdown, and toss 2-3 more.