The Patriots defense hasn't gotten off to the start that many fans hoped for. After adding some pieces to the front seven, there was a belief that things would improve after last season's inconsistent performance.
So far that hasn't happened, and it's been especially true stopping the run.
ESPN.com believes any improvement for the defense has to start with the front doing a better job against the ground game. With that in mind theBoston Globe takes a look at the Dolphins running game and believes it will be a challenge this week.
The Boston Herald looks at the Patriots major problems converting on third down. The notebook also looks at the team's woes trying to stop the run and the defensive line vowing to improve in that area.
The Providence Journal says rookie Sony Michel is still finding his feet. MassLive.com believes the offensive line needs to provide more help to Michel and the rest of the running game. Kenjon Barner has returned to add a piece to the backfield.
NBC Sports Boston wonders if Bill Belichick is about to make some changes in light of the two-game losing streak.
WEEI.com says after looking closely Rob Gronkowski hasn't been double teamed as often as you might think.
ESPN.com looks at some of the other mediocre starts the Patriots have endured and how those seasons turned out.
The Boston Globe looks around the league and has some thoughts on Jimmy Garoppolo's devastating injury in San Francisco.
The Miami Herald says the Dolphins defensive line is banged up but that might be bad news for Tom Brady.