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If the Miami Dolphins are trying to win Elandon Roberts Jerseys 2019 , there’s little evidence so far. A 59-10 drubbing at home against Baltimore in coach Brian Flores’ debut raised the specter of an 0-16 season — and the No. 1 draft pick that would be the reward. Now the Dolphins will host their perennial AFC East nemesis, New England.WHAT’S WORKINGIn his first start for the Dolphins, journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was the least of their problems. Despite no running game and little protection he threw for 185 yards and a score, and at least two long passes were dropped, one in the end zone.Josh Rosen, who lost a training camp battle for the starting job, entered with the score 52-10 and played no better than most of his teammates. He had one completion, one sack and one interception.Fitzpatrick, the Dolphins’ 20th starting QB since Dan Marino retired, will get the nod again Sunday. A change at that position won’t fix Miami’s problems.WHAT NEEDS HELPThe Dolphins were overmatched up front on both sides of the ball White Kyle Van Noy Jerseys , as will likely be the case all season. The dearth of talent is such that right tackle Julién Davenport and right guard Danny Isidora, who both joined the team after the exhibition season, played every offensive snap. Because of bad blocking, Miami’s three running backs combined for 12 yards on 10 carries.The manhandling was even worse on defense, where three players acquired just this month — John Jenkins, Avery Moss and Steven Parker — saw significant action. The result: Miami allowed a franchise record 643 yards. The Dolphins gave up the most points in the first half of a season opener in the NFL’s 100-year history — 42.“Obviously I didn’t do a good enough job getting this team ready to play,” Flores said Monday.His front seven applied little pass rush against Lamar Jackson, who threw five touchdown passes, and the Ravens rushed for 265 yards. This week’s matchup of the Miami defense against Tom Brady and Antonio Brown is staggering to contemplate.“We can’t let one game dictate our whole season, regardless of what just happened Kyle Van Noy Jerseys 2019 ,” linebacker Raekwon McMillan said. “If we would have won by 60, we can’t let that win dictate the whole season. We’re going to be better, I can promise you that.”STOCK UPDeVante Parker, whose tantalizing skills have been mostly unrealized for five seasons, made a spectacular leaping 49-yard catch.STOCK DOWNFlores denies the Dolphins are tanking this year, and he’s handcuffed because the roster is so barren of talent, but the Dolphins appeared unprepared in the opener. Nine penalties and countless botched assignments made an ugly game even uglier.If this continues, Flores will be hard-pressed to keep the locker room together.“Every team deals with adversity; that’s part of an NFL season,” he said. “We have to be able to endure that and stand up to it and not make excuses and not point fingers and not feel sorry for ourselves, and get back up and go back to work and fight another day.”INJUREDDynamic receiver Albert Wilson White Shaq Mason Jerseys , who missed the final nine games last year because of a hip injury, has been nursing a calf issue and was limited to six snaps.“It brought me back into that same feeling of where I left off,” Wilson said. “I have to do a better job of taking care of my body.”KEY NUMBER15 — games to go, and the Dolphins might not be favored in any of them. They’re 16 1/2-point underdogs at home Sunday.NEXT STEPSBring on the Patriots. A year ago, the Patriots’ defense turned in one of the worst performances in Super Bowl history, giving up 538 yards and 41 points in a loss to the Eagles. What a difference a year makes.On Sunday, the Patriots’ defense was outstanding, giving up 260 yards and only three points in a win over the Rams. Head coach Bill Belichick praised his defense after the game.鈥淭eam defense,” Belichick said. “There is not one guy that can stop the Rams. They have too many good players, too many explosive guys and they鈥檙e too well coached. We played the run competitively. I felt we rushed the passer competitively. I thought we covered competitively. We didn鈥檛 give up big plays Shaq Mason Jerseys 2019 , which they hit on everybody. We for the most part kept the ball in front of us and force them to execute a solid number of plays to move the ball. Eventually, we were able to get some stops. I thought our third-down defense was competitive. Those shortened some drives and got us off the field.”The Patriots’ personnel hasn’t changed much over the last year; most of the players who turned in that great effort against the Rams were also on the Patriots’ defense last year against the Eagles. One major difference, however, is that assistant coach Brian Flores was in charge of the defensive play calling this year, while Matt Patricia did it last year. Flores is about to become head coach of the Dolphins, and fans in Miami have to be thrilled — though not as thrilled as fans in New England.

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