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BSJ Game Report: Patriots 21, Dolphins 11 – Cam Newton Era gets off to a winning start

(Adam Richins for BSJ)

FOXBOROUGH — Everything you need to know from the Patriots’ 21-11 over the Dolphins in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:

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Cam Newton takes command of offense: It wasn't a Picasso, especially in the first half when the Patriots left point on the field, but the offense basically worked through Cam Newton in his Patriots debut and, for the opening game and no preseason, it worked about as well as can be expected. Newton rushed for 75 yards on 15 carries and completed 78.9 percent of his passes.

Patriots get physical: Certainly Newton was a big part of it, but overall the Patriots used multiple blockers in the running game and the offensive line held up well. There were a few snaps with extra offensive linemen, and FB Jakob Johnson was often used as a lead blocker. The physical offense seemed to wear down the Dolphins up front as the Patriots held a 34:49-25:11 advantage in time of possession. Patriots also averaged 5.2 yards per carry. The Patriots had