The New England Patriots pulled off another victory defeating the Miami Dolphins 31-24. The Patriots are leading in the division at 2-0. The Patriots won in week two but also lost in week two. Jimmy Garoppolo started the game on fire, completing 18 of 27 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns. He connected with Martellus Bennett for a touchdown and two touchdowns to Danny Amendola. The best moment of Garoppolo career turned into the worst moment of his career. After giving the Patriots a 24-0 lead, late in the second quarter Garoppolo took a monster hit by Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso. Garoppolo suffered a right shoulder injury, he sprained his AC joint. Garoppolo status is day to day. His hopes of playing Thursday Night against the Texans are doubtful.
The big story is who was the guy that took the field when Jimmy Garoppolo went down. Rookie backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett made his unexpected debut for the Patriots. He did enough to help the Patriots win in a seven point victory. Brissett finished the game 6-9 for 92 passing yards. With Brady serving two more games of his suspension and Garoppolo out, Jacoby Brissett is the next man up. The Patriots do not have a backup quarterback and that is a big question. Some suspect wide receiver Julian Edelman to be the backup because he played quarterback in college at Kent State. People are fishing for that idea. Julian Edelman is more important at his current wide receiver spot. The hope is to have Brissett under center next game. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is confident in Brissett. McDaniels is a great coach and he will prepare this young rookie to fully understand the playbook and the offense. We don’t know what Bill Belichick will do with this quarterback situation, maybe he will test free-agency or make some kind of trade to get a decent quarterback. I think Belichick’s decision is going to keep Jacoby Brissett as the starter for Thursday night against the Houston Texans. He has been with this team throughout the preseason. In the preseason Brissett completed 38 of 56 passes (67.9%) for 387 yards with one TD and zero interceptions. He knows this offense and the players.
The game is in one day so there is not enough time to try and go and get a quarterback to rebuild him into this system. They have to go with what they have in Jacoby Brissett. He is a 6-4, 235-pounder that has a strong arm and elusive running with the football. He is not much of a accurate passer but I think if he is focused this week doing short passing drills and pin pointing his receivers he can get the job done for New England. The Texans have a tough defense and we do not know how he will deal with pressure. He is going to have to move his feet very well avoiding J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney.