QBs Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones will be going head to head on September 17, when the Miami Dolphins (1-0) and New England Patriots (0-1) play at Gillette Stadium. In the piece below, we take a look at the numbers to decide which signal caller is more likely to take his team to victory.

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Patriots vs. Dolphins Game Info

  • Game Date: Sunday, September 17, 2023
  • Time: 8:20 PM ET
  • Venue: Gillette Stadium
  • Location: Foxborough, Massachusetts
  • TV: NBC
  • Live Stream: Watch this game on Fubo!

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Mac Jones vs. Tua Tagovailoa Matchup

Mac Jones 2022 Stats Tua Tagovailoa
14 Games Played 13
65.2% Completion % 64.8%
2,997 (214.1) Passing Yards (Per Game) 3,548 (272.9)
14 Touchdowns 25
11 Interceptions 8
102 (7.3) Rushing Yards (Per game) 70 (5.4)
1 Rushing Touchdowns 0

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Dolphins Defensive Stats

  • Last season, the Dolphins' defense struggled to keep opponents out of the end zone, as it ranked 24th in the NFL with 23.5 points allowed per contest. In terms of total yards, the team ranked 18th with 5,743 total yards allowed (337.8 per game).
  • When it came to defending the pass, Miami struggled last season, with 3,992 passing yards allowed (27th in NFL). It ranked 26th with 27 passing touchdowns allowed.
  • Against the run, the Dolphins ranked sixth in the NFL in rushing yards allowed with 1,751 (103 per game) and fourth in yards allowed per rush attempt (4.1).
  • On defense, Miami ranked 24th in the NFL in third-down efficiency allowed at 41.6%. In red-zone percentage allowed, it was 23rd (59.3%).

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Patriots Defensive Stats

  • Last season, the Patriots ceded 347 points, ranking 11th in the league with 20.4 points allowed per game. In terms of total yards, they ranked ninth in the NFL with 5,474 total yards allowed (322 per contest).
  • When it came to stopping the pass, New England ranked 17th in the NFL with 3,681 passing yards allowed (216.5 per game) and eighth in yards allowed per pass attempt (6.2).
  • Against the run, the Patriots' D was firing on all cylinders, with 1,793 rushing yards allowed last season (seventh-fewest in NFL).
  • On defense, New England ranked 21st in the NFL in third-down percentage allowed (40.2%) and 22nd in red-zone efficiency allowed (58%).

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