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Breakfast Pod: Josh Gordon is back with Patriots. How can he help?

Breakfast Pod: Josh Gordon is back with Patriots. How can he help?

Josh Gordon will be back with the Patriots catching passes from Tom Brady this season, but can they rely on him with his history?

1:38 - With the news breaking Friday that Josh Gordon has been reinstated by the NFL, Tom Curran and Ben Volin give their initial reactions.

6:57 - Phil Perry and Jim Murray discuss whether or not the Patriots can rely on Josh Gordon's return based on his track record of missing games and facing suspensions.

10:59 - DJ Bean and Phil Perry preview the Patriots second preseason game vs. the Titans, keying in on the pressure on Jarrett Stidham and wondering just how much Tom Brady will play.

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Julian Edelman's Patriots-Dolphins hype video will fire up fans for Week 2

Julian Edelman's Patriots-Dolphins hype video will fire up fans for Week 2

The New England Patriots haven't forgotten what happened in Miami when they played the Dolphins last season, and the defending Super Bowl champions are eager to make amends.

The Dolphins stunned the Patriots on a 69-yard touchdown as time expired to beat their AFC East rival on what is now known as the "Miami Miracle."

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman's Week 2 hype video was posted to his Instagram page a few hours before Sunday's game, and it began with a highlight of that crazy play. The short clip also includes footage of Tom Brady, Antonio Brown, Bill Belichick and others.

Check out the video in the post below:

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Oddsmakers have pegged the Patriots as 18.5-point favorites most of the week despite New England having lost five of its last six games played at Hard Rock Stadium.

This week's outcome is expected to differently for the Pats, though. The Dolphins are in turmoil after an embarrassing 59-10 Week 1 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at home, while the Patriots already are in fine form following a 33-3 demolition of the Pittsburgh Steelers in their season opener. Brown also is expected to make his debut after joining the Patriots as a free agent earlier in the week.

Tom Curran's Patriots-Dolphins preview>>>

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Matt Cassel shares great story about the Patriots going for 16-0 vs Giants in 2007

Matt Cassel shares great story about the Patriots going for 16-0 vs Giants in 2007

When you're 15-0, you won the division easily and the top seed in the AFC is yours, there's little motivation to risk injury to your players for a meaningless game in Week 17. 

That's the predicament the Patriots faced in 2007. They had nothing to play for against the Giants and their plan was to rest their starters after the first quarter. But as Matt Cassel explains in a great story he told on Patriots Pregame Live Sunday, that plan was abandoned as the game went on. 

"I was supposed to go in in the first quarter," Cassel said. "The night before the game, I’m sitting there, I’m going through the game plan, the schedule. We go into that game, it started to become a dog fight, and not one of those starters came out."

The Giants gave the Patriots their toughest game of the 2007 season in Week 17. The Giants led 28-16 in the third quarter but the Patriots stormed back to win 38-35. Tom Brady finished the game with 356 yards and two touchdowns while Wes Welker and Randy Moss combined for 17 catches for 222 yards. 

The Giants would go on to beat the Patriots in an epic Super Bowl showdown, so the perfect season was all for not. Giants players on that team even said their close loss in Week 17 gave them the confidence to beat the Patriots in the sport's game, so everything ended up backfiring on the Patriots in this scenario. However, Bill Belichick most likely doesn't regret any of it based on what Cassel said. 

"If it was years past we probably would have not played all those guys, but that game had some meaning to (Belichick)," he said. "Bill takes a lot of pride in history and he’s a big history buff, and he’s a historian of the game. At the end of the day though, I really do think it’s all about winning the Super Bowl."

The Patriots have won three Super Bowls since then, so that also probably makes it a bit easier to swallow the loss in 2007. 

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