3. The Patriots lose because their offense can't keep up with the Dolphins
The New England Patriots will face an even better offense in Week 2 than they did in Week 1. While the Dolphins don't have much of a run game, they are just devastating through the air. Between the 13 games that Tua Tagovailoa started in last year and the first game of this year, the Dolphins have averaged 26.3 points per game.
While that isn't a ton of points, it's nearly four touchdowns a game, and between Mac Jones' starts in 2022 and Week 1 of this year, the Patriots have averaged 19.5 points per game, which is a touchdown less per contest. There really isn't much more to say here. The Patriots offense during the last season with Mac Jones just has not been able to put up enough points consistently. It's a problem and they might not be able to hang with the Dolphins on Sunday.
4. The Patriots lose because their roster just does not have enough talent to stack up with the Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins have a very good roster, and it might be too much for the Patriots to deal with. Miami features players like Tua Tagovailoa, Jaylen Waddle, Tyreek Hill, Raheem Mostert, Christian Wilkins, Jaelan Phillips, Bradley Chubb, Xavien Howard, and Jevon Hollard. They have studs everywhere you look, and sometimes, the more talented team wins, no matter what else transpires.
That's the New England Patriots primary issue. Their roster doesn't have many, if any, high-end, elite players. It's a good roster with above-average depth, but that's really it. Them being in the AFC East is also a horrible disadvantage, as the division is filled with loaded teams that clearly have more talent than New England does.
I think the Patriots are unfortunately going to have a tough time keeping up with their divisional opponents this year.