QB position in spotlight for Dolphins-Patriots season opener

Streaks, stats and notes: Teams split season series in 2019, with each team winning on the road. … Dolphins have won three of last five meetings dating back to 2017. … Brian Flores is trying to become the first Dolphins coach since Don Shula to win at New England two years in a row. … Dolphins will wear jersey patch this season to honor Shula, who died in May at 90. … Sunday marks just the fifth game since 2009 that Tom Brady won’t be the Patriots’ starter at quarterback. Cam Newton makes his debut as New England’s new starting QB after spending nine seasons in Carolina. He appeared in only two games for the Panthers in 2019 before going on injured reserve with a broken bone in his foot, which required surgery. … Newton passed for 254 yards and four TDs and no INTs, and rushed for 95 yards in his last game vs. Miami on Nov. 13, 2017. … RB Sony Michel led the team last season with 912 rushing yards and a career-high seven rushing TDs. It was his second consecutive season with 900 or more rushing yards. … WR Julian Edelman led the Patriots in catches (100), receiving yards (1,117) and receiving TDs (six) last season. It was his second season with 100 or more catches and 1,000 or more receiving yards (2013).

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