1. QB Tua Tagovailoa
The Dolphins are 12-8 in games where Tagovailoa has started, which makes it seem like Miami has found their franchise quarterback. However, given his low yards per attempt and his struggles pushing the ball down the field, there are still questions about his true quality … but he averaged 7.5 yards per attempt against the Patriots in Week 1 and beat them!
Tagovailoa has taken down the Pats twice in his career, and Bill Belichick would love nothing more than to finally hand the former Alabama star a loss. The key to beating Tagovailoa is rattling him early, and New England has the defensive front to make that a reality.
The Patriots need to cause problems for Tua Tagovailoa.
The Dolphins have one of the worst offensive lines in the league. Without a bazooka arm to challenge teams deep or the time to see deeper routes develop, Tua has been relegated to checking down and hoping that the defense can bail out his ultra-safe gameplan.
The Patriots have made a habit out of confusing young players, but Tagovailoa and the Dolphins have been strangely immune to that. If the Patriots can bully the likes of Jesse Davis and that line, Tagovailoa might need to play the best game of his career to get the win.