Another turnover ends the Patriots momentum early

Miami Dolphins v New England Patriots
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Unfortunately, the Patriots continue to be the ones to ruin their momentum to start the 2023 season.

Their opening drive of the game started well, with good passes and runs to move them down the field. But in typical fashion, the offensive line's inability to be consistent caused Rhamondre Stevenson to lose yardage on a 1st and 10 play. That was followed up by Mac Jones being absolutely annihilated for -9 yards, setting them up for a 3rd and 21 on their own 46-yard line.

But, like last week, it was just the first drive, so we move on and expect the best for the next series.

After a near-disastrous effort by the Patriots' defense, forcing the Dolphins to settle for a field goal, the offense took over at the 25-yard line. Passes to Kendrick Bourne, Hunter Henry, and DeVante Parker quickly brought the spark needed, and they easily moved down the field.

We then saw rookie Demario Douglas get involved again with a nice ten-yard pass that looked like he could've gone for more. But the football was punched out by Bradley Chubb and recovered the Dolphins.

It was an absolute gut punch after another seemingly successful drive. It was the latest example of self-inflicted wounds being the most significant roadblocks facing the Patriots team this year.

Hopefully, it won't continue to be a common theme throughout the game. Although this isn't a game that necessarily means a lot at the end of the day, like post-season contention or something, it's the first divisional game of the year for New England. And it would be an absolute shame for a team that looks capable of being competitive to start this season 0-2.

There's still plenty of game left to play, which is a good thing. But the Patriots are not playing in a way that provides much optimism at this point.