6 questions Patriots need to answer in Week 2

The Patriots came close to knocking off the Eagles in Week 1, but Week 2 doesn't get any easier against the Dolphins' electric offense
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In Week 1, the New England Patriots hosted the defending NFC Champions in the Philadelphia Eagles and lost by just five points.

Although the Patriots actually dominated the game in some aspects, they were unable to close it out and finish the job. In Week 2, they'll take on a high-flying Miami Dolphins team that saw Tua Tagovailoa put up 466 yards passing in Week 1.

Before kickoff, though, we have a few questions that

1. Will New England improve on third down?

Against the Eagles, the Patriots ended up running more plays than Philadelphia (78 to 61). They out-gained the Eagles, too, by a healthy margin (382 to 251). But, the Patriots could not move the chains on third down, as they went 5-for-15 on the day.

That was a big reason for why the offense struggled to put up more points. Against a Miami defense that allowed the Chargers to convert 60 percent of their third downs in Week 1, the Patriots should have better luck.

2. Is DeVante Parker going to return against his old team?

This past offseason, the Patriots handed out a 3-year, $33 million contract extension to wide receiver DeVante Parker. His chemistry with Mac Jones improved down the stretch last year as he emerged as one of Jones' favorite targets.

This season began with Parker on the sideline due to a knee injury. Will we see him out there against his old team in Week 2? New England could use him, that's for sure.