DOLPHINS (0-0) vs. PATRIOTS (0-0)
Kickoff: 1 p.m., Sunday, Hard Rock Stadium
TV: CBS (Chs. 4 in Miami-Dade, Broward; 12 in Palm Beach); RADIO: WQAM (560 AM), KISS (99.9 FM), WQBA (1140 AM, Spanish)
Coaches: Mike McDaniel makes his NFL head coaching debut for the Dolphins; Bill Belichick, including playoffs, is 321-156 entering his 28th head coaching season overall and 284-111 entering his 23rd season leading the Patriots.
Series: The Dolphins lead the all-time series with the Patriots, 59-54, including playoffs. Miami has won three straight meetings and four of the past five after a season sweep in 2021. At Hard Rock Stadium, the Dolphins have taken seven of the past nine in the rivalry.
Line: The Dolphins are a 3 1/2-point favorite; the over/under is 46.
Injuries: Dolphins — Questionable: DT Raekwon Davis (knee), S Eric Rowe (pectoral), OLB Andrew Van Ginkel (illness), RB Salvon Ahmed (heel), TE Tanner Conner (knee); Reserve/PUP: Byron Jones (lower leg); Injured reserve: CB Trill Williams (knee), TE Adam Shaheen (knee), S Clayton Fejedelem, LB Calvin Munson, FB John Lovett; Patriots — Questionable: S Joshuah Bledsoe (groin), WR Jakobi Meyers (knee), WR Ty Montgomery (knee), CB Shaun Wade (ankle), OT Isaiah Wynn (back); Injured reserve: WR Tyquan Thornton (clavicle) among four players on IR.
Noteworthy: The Mike McDaniel era begins in Miami, and the first-time head coach starts his tenure against Bill Belichick, who is third all time with 321 career coaching victories, including playoffs. …
Belichick brought his team down to South Florida on Tuesday to get acclimated to the South Florida heat and humidity for a week of practice at Palm Beach Atlantic University. …
After a huge haul of offseason acquisitions, new Dolphins such as wide receiver Tyreek Hill, left tackle Terron Armstead, edge rusher Melvin Ingram, running backs Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert, center Connor Williams and more are set to make their debut with their new team. …
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa enters 2-0 against his former college backup at Alabama, Mac Jones, but Jones made the Pro Bowl and reached the playoffs as a rookie, neither of which Tagovailoa has done in his first two NFL seasons. …
Wide receiver DeVante Parker returns to Miami after getting traded to the Patriots in the offseason. He spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Dolphins. Other ex-Dolphins on the Patriots are linebacker Raekwon McMillan, defensive tackle Davon Godchaux and wide receiver Lynn Bowden. Miami has former New England players in linebackers Elandon Roberts and Trey Flowers and defensive backs Eric Rowe, Keion Crossen and Justin Bethel.