Reason why the Miami Dolphins will win on Sunday #3:
Did the Patriots get any better?
We have learned, especially with the Patriots, to take preseason results with a grain of salt. But it has been difficult to ignore the grumblings that have been coming out of Patriots training camp this year, and their troubles could carry over in to the regular season if they aren’t careful.
The writers in New England haven’t tried to sugar coat it. There were an overwhelming number of days during training camp when reports were negative about the Patriots’ performance, mostly about the all-around struggles of the offense, from the front line to the quarterback play.
And it doesn’t help that the roster appears wildly untalented, at least on paper. We know that Bill Belichick has the ability to get the most out of mundane depth charts, and how he is able to turn role players in to impact players. But if the reports about the team’s training camp struggles remain true through the regular season, then he’ll have one of the more monumental tasks of his career if he wants to turn his current roster in to a playoff contender.
With two rosters seemingly headed in opposite directions, it is the Dolphins that are rightfully favored to be the victors. It would take some serious Belichick magic and a big let-down from Miami if the Patriots hope to turn the tide.