Patriots will head to Miami on Tuesday, to get acclimated to the heat and humidity

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For most teams, a road game means leaving on Saturday and returning home on Sunday. For the Patriots, their first game of the season will entail a slightly longer stay.

As noted by Mike Reiss of in his excellent Sunday column focusing on all things Patriots, the team will be heading to South Florida on Tuesday, in order to get properly acclimated to the heat and humidity.

Via Reiss, Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty previously has said that the Miami climate is “always a little bit of a shock in pregame.” Chris Simms has said on PFT Live that, for some players, the excursion to Miami takes on a vacation vibe, which can create a distraction.

That’s the counter to spending five days in Miami. The players, who by rule have gotten a few days off over the Labor Day weekend, could get caught up in the South Beach scene when they have some down time.

If anyone can keep them focused, however, it’s coach Bill Belichick. And the easiest way to do it will be to show them some Tyreek Hill film.

Or maybe Belichick can just remind them that they’ve lost two in a row in Miami, four out of five there, and seven out of nine. Even though the Patriots typically have the better team across the board.

That’s the other problem for the Patriots. This year, for the first time in a long time, the Dolphins look to be the clearly better team.

24 responses to “Patriots will head to Miami on Tuesday, to get acclimated to the heat and humidity

  1. skcusoirolf says:
    September 4, 2022 at 9:36 am
    Truth be told Miami has been the better team for the last 3 years

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    Truth be told, Miami hasn’t sniffed a Super Bowl since 1985.

  2. No one gets used to extreme weather, whether it’s heat and humidity or snow and wind chill. Being there longer just gives you more time to wish you were somewhere else.

  3. They can acclimate for weeks, it won’t magically transform Mac Jones into a competent quarterback, or that stiff Patricia into a capable play-caller.

  4. This is a tough game for them. They aren’t without chance but they don’t have great ones either. They need to take every advantage they can get.

  5. I’ve lived in S. Florida since 1974— I still haven’t acclimated to the heat and humidity.

  6. Dolphins are supposed to be good every year, then they miss the playoffs. How is this year any different?

  7. The reality is that you can’t acclimate to that weather over a few days. However, you can work on the hydration issue which does take several days. The down side is being “on the road” for 5 days before playing the game. You are eating road food, living in a hotel room, and dealing with the noise and disturbance to sleep quality etc. When I go on the road myself, for some reason, I become irregular. The lack of BM’s make me feel bloated. I doubt I could perform at my best after so much time on the road. Maybe by day 5 things will level out for them, but it’s a tough trip to make in September, and the league seems to take great joy in setting them up for this annually. Conversely, there were a few seasons where I think Miami got to go to NE for the return trip in October or November, avoiding the cold weather. I think there has only been one truly late season trip to Foxborough for Miami in the last 10 years. Still, it is easier to adapt to the colder weather than the hotter weather because of the hydration issue. It’s an advantage Miami has, similar to Denver. The Dolphins appear to be running smoothly, and the confidence the players are exuding is very high. It seems like the new staff and system are being well received. Things are different for the Patriots. It’s not been as smooth and confidence is shaky, BUT, there is some wisdom in the Patriots running the called plays regardless of the look the defense is giving them, because it has forced the team to execute the concepts they need to learn, under competitive pressure. They can learn from that. Mac Jones has demonstrated the ability to get them out of bad plays at the line of scrimmage. As a result, I expect them to look better than advertised. Is that enough for an early season win on the road? Too much has to go right for them. I won’t be shocked if they win but the early season has more of a look of being a time of development and refinement. I expect the Pats to pick up steam as the season rolls on. The difference this year is that they have to win games at the end of the season versus lose them like last season. The late season game schedule is tough. I expect them to be in a similar place as last season. Their playoff hopes will hinge on that late season schedule. They have to make it through the early season stretch without losing their cool. With 10 rookies, an offense in transition, and massive changes in the coaching staff, it’s going to take more than a few weeks of action to rebuild Rome. We’ll hear all about the new hotness early in the season with some teams jumping out to surprise records, but it’s a marathon, and they have to run the race in a way that gives them the best chance in the end, not the beginning. I can see the reasons for optimism in Miami, but they also have a tough schedule. Much is made of Miami winning 3 of the last 4, but remember, one of the losses was due to a crazy Damien Harris fumble at Miami’s 8 yard line late in the game where a FG gives the Patriots the game. They really should have been 2-2. That was a gift. What will be interesting is how the Patriots handle the team speed of Miami, and whether the Pats can stop the run well enough to dictate predictable passing situations for Tua, and whether they can survive the death by 10,000 cuts short passing game that can kill you if the run is clicking in that offense. I’m taking the long view on the Pat’s season. More will be revealed.

  8. Thaswussup, have you heard of these things called paragraphs?
    Cause, dang, that’s an impressive wall of text…

  9. More money has been lost betting against belichick when pats are the dog is like being long crypto or jim Cramer and short warren Buffett.

  10. It is hot down here this week. Good luck getting acclimated. I’ve been here for 30 years and I got dehydrated twice this weekend. LOL.

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