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Bill Belichick sums up Patriots' shutout win vs. Dolphins with classic line

Bill Belichick sums up Patriots' shutout win vs. Dolphins with classic line

The New England Patriots went into a hot Miami environment Sunday and embarrassed the Dolphins with a 43-0 win at Hard Rock Stadium.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick summed up his team's win perfectly with a classic line during his postgame press conference.

“Yeah, it’s always good. If you don’t let them score, you can’t lose,” Belichick told reporters in Miami.

The math certainly checks out.

The Patriots' shutout win was their first since Week 3 of the 2016 season when third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who was filling in for a suspended Tom Brady and an injured Jimmy Garoppolo, led a 27-0 victory over the Houston Texans.

New England's defense hasn't given up a touchdown since the fourth quarter of last season's AFC Championship Game versus the Kansas City Chiefs -- a streak of 12 straight quarters (as well as the short overtime period in that AFC title game). The Patriots also have pitched four consecutive first half shutouts dating back to the 2018 AFC Championship Game.

The defensive dominance from the Patriots should continue next week when the New York Jets come to Gillette Stadium and start backup quarterback Trevor Siemian.

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Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins picks Patriots' Julian Edelman as favorite player in NFL

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins picks Patriots' Julian Edelman as favorite player in NFL

DeAndre Hopkins knows talent when he sees it.

The Houston Texans wide receiver is among the best -- if not the best -- in the game right now. But even he can't help but admire Julian Edelman's game from afar.

Hopkins recently raved about the New England Patriots' veteran wide receiver to ESPN's Sarah Barshop.

“[Edelman] always has a knack for getting the extra four or five yards,” Hopkins said. “He’s one of my favorite receivers in the NFL because of that. Because he keeps the chains moving.”

Jesse Palmer of NFL Network explained how Hopkins studied Edelman over the offseason:

Over the last ten seasons, Edelman has consistently served as Brady's security blanket on third down. While he may not have the name recognition of a wideout like Hopkins, it's easy to see why the Texans star singled out the Super Bowl MVP.

Hopkins has 47 first downs on his 75 catches this season, tied for second-most in the NFL with Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans and only trailing Saints WR Michael Thomas.

Looks like studying Edelman's game paid dividends.

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That 617 Life Podcast: Are the Patriots or the Cowboys America's team?

That 617 Life Podcast: Are the Patriots or the Cowboys America's team?

Shanda, Leroy and Cerrone bring you the hottest topics in Boston Sports right now. If you were Kraft, would you take Antonio Brown back? Let's be honest about who America's team REALLY is. Is the rest of the world getting a glimpse of the Celtics' true potential?

3:00 - If you were in Robert Kraft’s shoes, would you take back Antonio Brown?

9:30 - Cerrone brings you his ‘Cold cuts and hot takes’ where he breaks down who really is America’s team. Is it the Patriots or the Cowboys?

20:00 - Shanda sounds off: Bill Russell finally accepts Basketball Hall of Fame ring

24:00 - Reacting to Terrell Owens confronting Stephen A. Smith over Colin Kaepernick

28:00 - Did this Celtics West Coast trip prove to the doubters that the Celtics are legit?

32:00 - Players Call, we give a shout out to people who deserve some love.

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