Dolphins begin Mike McDaniel era with 20-7 victory over Patriots

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The Patriots tried to acclimate themselves to the warm South Florida climate by spending the practice week in the area.

But in the end, the Dolphins got off to a hot start in the Mike McDaniel era, defeating New England 20-7 in the season opener.

Miami’s defense was able to keep New England’s offense off-balance for much of the contest, forcing a pair of costly turnovers in the first half. Safety Jevon Holland picked off a tipped pass to end the Patriots’ first drive of the game, which led to a field goal.

Then in the second quarter, safety Brandon Jones strip-sacked quarterback Mac Jones deep in New England territory. Edge rusher Melvin Ingram had the ball bounce right into his hands and picked it up for a 2-yard touchdown.

But the call of the game likely came from McDaniel on fourth-and-7 with 24 seconds left in the first half. McDaniel elected to go for it and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa connected with receiver Jaylen Waddle on a pass over the middle for a 42-yard touchdown. That gave the Dolphins a 17-0 lead going into halftime.

The Patriots used a long drive to score their first points in the third quarter. But New England couldn’t convert a key fourth-and-3 at midfield with 9:46 left in the game when Jones threw incomplete to tight end Hunter Henry.

Later in the fourth quarter, receiver Nelson Agholor fumbled a reception over the middle when he took a hard hit from Kader Kohou. Linebacker Jaelan Phillips recovered the loose ball to keep Miami in control.

The Dolphins removed all doubt when Tagovailoa hit Chase Edmonds for a 15-yard pass on third-and-9 with 3:21 left and then running back Raheem Mostert brought the offense down to the 24-yard line with an 11-yard run before the two-minute warning.

With the win, Tagovailoa is the first quarterback to go 4-0 against Bill Belichick’s Patriots in the regular season. Tagovailoa finished the game 23-of-33 passing for 270 yards with a touchdown.

Receiver Tyreek Hill had eight catches for 94 yards in his Miami debut.

On the other side, Mac Jones was 21-of-30 for 213 yards with a touchdown, an interception, and a lost fumble.

At 1-0, Miami will travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens next week.

The 0-1 Patriots will be on the road again with a trip to Pittsburgh.

55 responses to “Dolphins begin Mike McDaniel era with 20-7 victory over Patriots

  1. The offense line still needs some continuity and the defense needs to get their pre-snap adjustments done earlier but man that’s a way to open the season. No turnovers. They were aggressive. Mac Jones was flustered all game long. Tyreek looks like the real deal. This was just a classic example of Mike McDaniel playing chess while BB was playing checkers. Phins Up!

  2. At least we won’t here “can you believe those other teams passed on Mac Jones?” for a week.

    Tua had some really good moments, and that Miami D looks legit (Pats does also for the most part). Hill had a great day.

    Jones looks a lot like the guy that scouts said he would be. He may still surprise us – but the Pats will likely have to build a very strong team around him to contend.

  3. What wasn’t there to love about this game? Tua has the weapons. The OL has improved some, but still needs fine tuning. The defense is playing lights out! Overall a B+ for the Phins on opening day. 🙂

  4. nhpats2011 says:
    September 11, 2022 at 3:56 pm
    At least the Dolphins didn’t score a TD on every possession. The defense is improving

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    They were facing a lesser team.

  5. Bad defense, bad performance by the defense, bad on special teams and bad coaching. Figured the Pats would lose to the Fins but not this bad. Time for the Pats to do some serious soul searching because that was the worst opener I’ve seen in over a decade from the Pats.

  6. The Pat’s would have lost to a team from china the way they played to many self inflicted wounds. Gotta clean up the turnovers and miscues.

  7. We’ve been listening to the Pats fans yap on the Bills and Fins boards all off-season yet it seems pretty devoid of them now. Hopefully this is humbling but I’m guessing they’ll say the league wanted Miami to win, it’s the refs faults, etc. Bottom line is the Pats we’re outplayed and out coached. They start the season at the bottom of the AFC East along with the Jets. On to Baltimore. Phins Up!

  8. Yesteryear’s team stomped in the opener just as predicted. If the objective is to finish in last place in the AFC East then the hapless Pats are in first place. Just what their fan base deserves.

  9. Miami fans will crow but neither team is anything to write home about. in the village of the blind the one eyed man is king and that’s what Miami was today.

  10. The Patriot Way left the building already. Sloppy, ineffective team inspiring no confidence for a third straight year.

  11. Yesteryear’s team stomped in the opener just as predicted. If the objective is to finish in last place in the AFC East then the hapless Pats are in first place. Just what their fan base deserves.


    Bragging about 1st or last place after the first game… Brilliant

  12. bawlzich says:
    September 11, 2022 at 4:09 pm
    I guess the Dolphins don’t care about Mac Jones’ rookie season either.

    Apparently you do how many times are you going to post the same lame comment??

  13. Kraft needs to convince Bill to retire, the game has passed him by and he’s embarrassing himself

  14. nhpats2011 says:
    September 11, 2022 at 3:56 pm
    At least the Dolphins didn’t score a TD on every possession. The defense is improving

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    Pats have zero super bowls without cheating…

  15. Patriots showing exactly why they’ll be a bottom 10 team in the league this season. They’re atrocious without Brady. LOL

  16. Hahahaha where are the patriots trolls??? I told them their team was an irrelevant joke with no QB, no receivers, no defense and no chance, and that their season was already over before they lost their first game.

    Their Super Bowl is managing to find a way to beat the Jets once and not get swept by the division.

  17. Richard Nguyen says:
    September 11, 2022 at 4:20 pm
    The Patriot Way left the building already

    Yep. His name was Tom Brady. BB didn’t want to pay him; thought he was too old. The arrogant BB thought he could win with any QB.

  18. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    September 11, 2022 at 4:00 pm
    Let the Bailey Zappe era begin. I doubt that this year but if mac does put up a bad season it will be an open qb competition in camp next year.

  19. Belichick is useless without Brady. Mac Jones sucks and this team may very well lose when they face the Jets.

  20. orchidsofasia says:
    September 11, 2022 at 4:27 pm
    Hahahaha where are the patriots trolls??? I told them their team was an irrelevant joke with no QB, no receivers, no defense and no chance, and that their season was already over before they lost their first game.

    If the are so “irrelevant “ why do you keep posting comments on every article related to them?

    Asking for a friend…

  21. flash1224 says:
    September 11, 2022 at 4:20 pm
    Yesteryear’s team stomped in the opener just as predicted. If the objective is to finish in last place in the AFC East then the hapless Pats are in first place. Just what their fan base deserves.


    Bragging about 1st or last place after the first game… Brilliant

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    Patriots suck and everyone knew this aside from the biggest homers. It’s just a fact and has zero to do with this being the first game of the season. It will be shocking to see New England win 6 games this year.

  22. Hahahaha the patriots are irrelevant because they are competing for the #1 pick, not a wildcard spot.

    I post about it because it’s hilarious. Keep crying, it’s what you deserve.

  23. riggedkangaroocourt says:
    September 11, 2022 at 4:09 pm
    Touchback6! Your thoughts on the Dolphins game please

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    This isn’t a post about another team signing a great player and CAP HELL, it’s a post about the games finally starting and his talk needing to be backed up.

    Therefore, he’s off cowering.

  24. So. I didn’t catch the game. Did Mac win his gold jacket today? Touchback said he was going to carve up this defense.

  25. I also thought neither team looked particularly great. The play call by McDaniel on fourth and seven right before the half was gutsy.

  26. All Brady wanted was better receivers, but Belichick told him no. Honestly, I think Mike Tomlin is a better coach than Bill. We’ve seen the Steelers win with multiple quarterbacks over the years. The Patriots? Not so much. Other teams have won at least one playoff game without their starting quarterback, but not New England, so let that sink in.

  27. lowlyfinfan88 says:
    September 11, 2022 at 4:16 pm
    We’ve been listening to the Pats fans yap on the Bills and Fins boards all off-season yet it seems pretty devoid of them now. Hopefully this is humbling but I’m guessing they’ll say the league wanted Miami to win, it’s the refs faults, etc. Bottom line is the Pats we’re outplayed and out coached. They start the season at the bottom of the AFC East along with the Jets. On to Baltimore. Phins Up!

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    So you saved this comment in your drafts earlier this summer and all this time since the Raiders game when Pats fans were pretty much conceding their team did not look ready you have bravely hung onto it to post anyways. Because to you its not about the teams or even about the game, its about the other fanbases.

  28. I was informed by a self-proclaimed football genius that the Patriots are “loaded and deep”. I guess I missed it.

  29. bawlzich says:
    September 11, 2022 at 5:59 pm
    I was informed by a self-proclaimed football genius that the Patriots are “loaded and deep”. I guess I missed it.

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    Probably just something made a Miami fan that desperately needs to pretend they heard anyone say that.

  30. @Football

    You must be new around here. TD6 regularly makes those claims, among other outrageous pro-Belichik takes.

  31. Probably just something made a Miami fan that desperately needs to pretend they heard anyone say that.
    ______________
    Nope. Word for word comment from one of your fellow Patriot fans.

  32. Please re-read your comment Football. It makes absolutely no sense. I didn’t say a word about the Raiders. I didn’t say anything about Pats fans conceding their team is trash. I simply stated that all off-season Pats fans were trying to get in the last word about every other AFC East team but their own. Please don’t put words in my mouth. And as flattering as it is to say I held onto a comment all off-season, I don’t have that kinda patience.

  33. If we’ve learned anything from today maybe we can laugh at touchback and other blowhards who in the end. Have no common sense

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