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Patriots QB Tom Brady describes Miami as 'challenging place to play'

Patriots QB Tom Brady describes Miami as 'challenging place to play'

The New England Patriots, including quarterback Tom Brady himself, have had more trouble winning in Miami than just about any other place in the NFL over the last two decades.

The Dolphins haven't been a formidable opponent for most of the Patriots' 20-year run of dominance, but that hasn't prevented New England from often struggling in the Florida heat.

The Patriots suffered one of their toughest losses of the 2018 season in Miami, where the Dolphins pulled off a miraculous Week 14 win with a 69-yard touchdown as time expired. The defending Super Bowl champions will return to Miami on Sunday for a Week 2 matchup against the Dolphins. 

Brady has lost 10 times in 17 games he's played in Miami, compared to just 19 losses in 135 career games in Foxboro. 

"We've had, for one reason or another, struggles over a lot of years," Brady told reporters after Wednesday's practice. "I think they even pre-date me, which is hard to say because I've been here for a while. Five of our last six we've lost. I remember when we finally beat them down there for the first time, I don't know if it was 2003 or 2004 on the pass to Troy Brown. That was the first time in however many years. 

"It's a challenging place to play. I think it's challenging when they come up here, and I think it's challenging when we go down there. It's just dealing with different elements and showing a lot of mental toughness. Last year I thought we played a pretty good game, but I think coach re-iterates it's 60 minutes. In football, a lot of crazy things happen. These guys are extremely skilled, and they're great players. We can't take our eye off what the goal is -- and that's to play a great 60 minutes of football against a team that we've always struggled against (on the road). It's a division game on the road early in the season, so it means a lot."

The Patriots struggled on the road last season, finishing with a 3-5 record away from Gillette Stadium. These road struggles cost the Patriots the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs, even if ultimately didn't prevent them from reaching and winning Super Bowl LIII.

Sunday's matchup is a great opportunity for the Patriots to start well on the road and keep building confidence as they integrate many new players into the fold on both sides of the ball. 

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How N'Keal Harry's teammates, Tom Brady felt about Patriots rookie's debut

How N'Keal Harry's teammates, Tom Brady felt about Patriots rookie's debut

N'Keal Harry finally saw action Sunday, playing 32 snaps in his NFL debut for the New England Patriots against the Philadelphia Eagles.

And by his account, things went pretty well.

Here's what the rookie wide receiver posted on Twitter and Instagram after catching three passes for 18 yards in the Patriots' 17-10 win over the Eagles:

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Glory be to GOD. Always. Good team win! #LFG

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Harry's Instagram post earned plenty of love from his Patriots teammates in the comment section. A small sampling:

Defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr.: "Happy for you bro. Continue to work and improve your skills"

Defensive backs Devin and Jason McCourty: "Only up from here bro ✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿"

Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett: "Only the beginning 🙌🏾"

Harry saw an increase in snaps after Dorsett left the game with a concussion in the third quarter. So, how did his quarterback think he played?

Tom Brady was a bit less effusive when asked about Harry on Monday morning.

“N’Keal has worked hard,” Brady told WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show" in a radio interview. "He got some opportunities, and we’ve got to just keep getting him up to speed. He missed a lot of football, so we’re going to try to incorporate him the best way we can and use his skills to see if he can be a productive player for us in the second half of the year."

Brady has been hesitant to pump Harry's tires this season as the Patriots' No. 32 overall pick works back from an injury that sidelined him for the first nine games. After New England's poor offensive showing in Philly, Brady sang the same tune.

“I don’t want to make a bunch of predictions and (say) 'We’ll do this' or ‘We’ll do that,' " Brady said. "It comes down to all of us doing it — not speaking about it, but actually going out and doing it."

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Julian Edelman's TD pass drew this compliment from Patriots QB Tom Brady

Julian Edelman's TD pass drew this compliment from Patriots QB Tom Brady

The New England Patriots threw one touchdown pass in Sunday's 17-10 Week 11 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, and quarterback Tom Brady wasn't the player who completed the pass.

It actually was Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman who tossed the touchdown, hitting fellow wideout Phillip Dorsett for a 15-yard score in the third quarter.

Brady had plenty of praise for Edelman's touchdown throw during his Monday morning appearance on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show."

“It was a pretty great throw if you ask me,” Brady said. “They kind of bit up on the fake and the safety came out of the middle field, and it was really great Jules recognized that and just made a great throw. That was pretty cool, but I was kind of going, ‘Where is he throwing?’, and Phil was open in the middle of the end zone. Phil made a great catch and Jules made a great throw.”

The Patriots were smart to go into their bag of tricks with the Edelman pass because not much else was working for them offensively at that point in the game. The Patriots had to settle for field goals in their first three trips into the red zone, and they didn't get inside the Eagles' 20-yard line again after Edelman's touchdown.

A win is a win, though, and the Patriots desperately needed it to remain one game ahead of the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC playoff race entering Week 12.

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