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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3. Can the Patriots establish the run vs. Miami?

One of the eye-popping stats from Miami's Week 1 win over the Chargers was the fact that Miami allowed L.A. to rush for 234 yards on the day. One may have thought Justin Herbert would light it up, but instead, the Chargers flipped the script and kept running the football, and running it very well.

The Patriots have a nice one-two punch between Rhamondre Stevenson (who should be healthier this week) and Ezekiel Elliott (trying to forget a Week 1 fumble). But, can these two go out and establish a physical, consistent run game against Miami? They should be able to, if Week 1 was any indication. Maybe the biggest question here is if the Patriots will get better guard play.

4. Will Mac Jones need to throw another 50-plus times?

We didn't see the 54 pass attempts coming in Week 1, but Mac Jones played pretty well, throwing for 316 yards and three touchdowns. With the way Tua started out the year, the chances of Jones having to throw quite a bit in this one are very high.

The Dolphins' offense might be a top-5 or even top-3 unit in football. It is not out of the question to think they'll score 30 points again in Week 2. If that's the case, the Patriots will either need to see Jones throw it a whole lot, once more, or slow the game down by winning on the ground.