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Live blog: Patriots-Dolphins game updates from Week 1

Christopher Price

updated on September 13, 2020 | 1:12 PM

First quarter

1:09 p.m.: Newton in shotgun. Fakes handoff (or hands the ball off), run behind that offensive line. Going to see a lot of that this year. The New England offense is moving early with five straight running plays.

1:06 p.m.: Good three-and-out to start there for the New England defense, but all that good feeling was almost thrown out the window when Byrd juggled the punt return. New England starts on its own 20.

1:05 p.m.: Local favorite Teddy Karras opens as the center for Miami, working with Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Pregame

1:01 p.m.: Patriots win the toss and defer. Time for the foosball!

12:53 p.m.: Feels about right. We’ll see how it all shakes out this afternoon.

12:42 p.m.: As they indicated in a video message earlier in the week, the Dolphins were not the field.

12:37 p.m.: For the record, I’m taking the Patriots today, 24-20. James White and Julian Edelman have big days. Think it’s going to be relatively close throughout, but the New England defense — a Gilmore pick or a sack from a handful of candidates, including Winovich — makes a play at the end to make the difference.

12:26 p.m.:

12:22 p.m.: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, and Tracy Wolfson on the call for Patriots-Dolphins. Overall, since the start of the 2017 season (including playoffs), New England is 15-4 with them at the mic.

12:12 p.m.:

11:58 a.m.:

11:52 a.m.: Said this before, but the more I consider it, the more it makes sense: For those of us — and I’m including myself in this conversation — who thought Uche would be the sort of guy who makes a sudden impact and were a little surprised he was inactive today, consider the Miami passing game. In all likelihood, this is a personnel move designed to get an extra defensive back on the field. I want to see how the defensive personnel packages look this afternoon, but that could be the reason he’s not playing today. Just my two cents.

11:44 a.m.: Doesn’t look like weather is going to be an issue this afternoon in Foxborough. According to weather.com, it should be in the low 70s, partly cloudy to mostly sunny, and a minimal chance of precipitation. Good day for football.

11:37 a.m.

11:32 a.m.: Josh Uche, Cassh Maluia, Jarrett Stidham, Korey Cunningham and Dalton Keene are the Patriots inactives. No tremendous surprises here — the majority of those guys have either been banged up, or the victim of personnel battles. Two of the younger linebackers are down in Uche and Maluia, which should test their depth. And the tackle depth would still worry me, especially with Cunningham out. We’ll see how it all shakes out this afternoon.

11:22 a.m.: Inactives should be along at the bottom of the hour. In the meantime, chime in on the pregame prediction poll:

11:20 a.m.: Last line we got from our pals at Odds Shark have the Patriots as a 6.5-point favorite this afternoon. Still feels about right. As of late this week, here’s how they felt about the rest of the NFL slate:

11 a.m. Welcome back to football! The 2020 regular season technically started Thursday night, but Sunday marks the beginning for most teams, including the Patriots. Keep it here all afternoon for the latest updates on the New England-Miami opener. Between now and kickoff, we’ll have an inactive analysis, the final betting line, weather updates, and the latest updates from Foxborough.

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