Tom Brady during the Patriots' loss to the Lions last Sunday. (Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The Patriots are in uncharted territory--two consecutive losses, and they're facing a Miami Dolphins team with a 3-0 record. On this week's Red Zone Report, Boston Globe NFL and Patriots beat reporter Ben Volin talks with WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman about the Pats headlines of the week, preview this weekend's matchup with the fins, and ask whether or not it is time for Pats fans to panic.
The team looks unrecognizably bad. Does Volin think there's a problem with the team, or is this just a fluke?
"I don't think it'll be that bad every week, especially now coming back home to play against the Dolphins," Volin said. "I think the Patriots will bounce back. But there are issues here, no question. Last year they started 2-2, and everyone was worried about the defense, but those were coverage errors, assignment errors, things that you can fix. This year, it seems like it's a talent issue. They just don't seem to have a ton of speed on the defensive side of the ball, or frankly on the offense."
The Dolphins are confident coming into Foxboro this weekend. Volin said the Patriots should be worried.
"The Pats are in trouble just because the Dolphins have what the Patriots don't, and that's speed," Volin said. "They have a ton of speed on offense, and you saw it at the end of that Raiders game last week when they hit a 50-yard touchdown and a 74-yard touchdown, and those types of matchups have given the Patriots some problems in the past ... you have to give [the Dolphins] credit, three conference wins, they beat the Jets, the Titans and the Raiders. But other than the Titans, I'm not sure if either of those other opponents are going to be playoff teams or how quality they are. Credit to the Dolphins, but I don't think they're quite as good as the record would suggest."
Volin and Kaufman also talked about the Patriots' seeming inability to keep their team issues internalized, the losses of Rex Burkhead and Ja'Whaun Bentley, the disappointing 2018 draft class, whether or not Josh Gordon will play this week, and how much it might irk Brady to be playing against former Patriot Danny Amendola.
Listen to this week's Red Zone Report: