MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Welcome to Hard Rock Stadium, which has traditionally been a house of horrors for the Patriots.
The Pats have dropped four of their past five games in South Florida, including last year’s “Miami Calamity.” The last-second loss in Week 14 was a low point for the Patriots, who lost one more game before running the table for five straight and another Super Bowl win.
This season, it’s Super Bowl or bust yet again for the Pats.
They’re loaded on offense, adding Antonio Brown to a wide receivers unit that already includes Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon. Brown is expected to make his Patriots debut on Sunday. According to Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network, the Pats will “feed” Brown the ball in his first game with the team.
Defensively, this could be one of the best groups in the Bill Belichick era. Dont’a Hightower and Co. shut down the Steelers in a dominant 33-3 win in the opener.
They’ll look to build on that performance against a Dolphins squad that appears to be in shambles. Brian Flores is seeking his first win as a head coach following a 59-10 beating last weekend.
Keep it here for updates before kickoff…
BROWN WARMS UP
Wide receiver Antonio Brown took the field in the hours before kickoff…but wasn’t wearing shoes.
Brown stood in the end zone and went through a series of warm-up exercises, focusing on his balance and hand-eye coordination. Brown also caught up with former NFL receiver Chad Ochocinco, who was on the field for the pre-game.
Here’s AB warming up in the end zone: pic.twitter.com/LXjpRTBJ9c
— Kevin Duffy (@KevinRDuffy) September 15, 2019
As expected, Brown is officially active for Week 2.
Right tackle Marcus Cannon, who was limited throughout the week with a shoulder injury, is inactive for Sunday’s game.
Also not suiting up: running back Brandon Bolden (hamstring), wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (healthy scratch), offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor (healthy scratch), defensive end Deatrich Wise (healthy scratch), cornerback Joejuan Williams (healthy scratch), and running back Damien Harris (healthy scratch).
When Cannon was injured last week, Joe Thuney slid to right tackle and Eluemunor took over at left guard. The fact that Eluemunor is inactive suggests Thuney is likely to remain at left guard in this game.
Offensive tackles Marshall Newhouse and Korey Cunningham are active. Expect one of them to start in Cannon’s place.
Rookie defensive lineman Byron Cowart will make his NFL debut. He was inactive a week ago versus Pittsburgh.
Rookies Joejuan Williams and Damien Harris must wait to make their debuts.