Kickoff Time and Network: 1 p.m. ET, CBS
The last time these two teams faced, the Dolphins earned their first win over the Patriots in the Joe Philbin-Ryan Tannehill era.
The Dolphins defense did a fine job of limiting Tom Brady in their two meetings last year, holding him to just 61 percent in completions, three touchdowns, two interceptions and an 81.1 passer rating, but they capitalized in the second meeting with Tannehill turning in one of the finest performances of his career.
He threw three touchdowns, no interceptions and earned a 120.6 passer rating, the second highest of his career. He also guided the Dolphins to touchdown drives with four minutes or less to go in each half.
The Patriots were short-handed in that game, but they could be short-handed yet again this time around. The statuses of wide receiver Aaron Dobson (foot) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (ACL) are in question for Week 1, and the Patriots will definitely be without Brandon Browner for this game (suspension).
One way the Patriots were successful in last year's first meeting was attacking the Dolphins offensive line (28 blitzes on 49 dropbacks). If the Patriots can take advantage of a group that could feature at least two inexperienced starters, they can edge out the road win.
Prediction: Patriots 30, Dolphins 24