Wednesday December 7th, 2022 1:01PM

Patriots facing 2 opponents this week: heat and the Dolphins

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — On Sunday, New England plays Miami's Dolphins.

Before that, the Patriots will take on Miami's heat.

High temperatures are forecast to be in the mid-60s to mid-70s around Foxborough, Massachusetts, for the next few days — and the way Patriots coach Bill Belichick sees it, those might not be the best atmospheric conditions to prepare his team for the steaminess that awaits them in South Florida on Sunday when New England and Miami kick off the regular season.

So the Patriots are flying south Tuesday, practicing this week in Palm Beach County, an hour or so from the Dolphins' facilities. High temperatures there this week will reach the low 90s each day, and the forecast for game day calls for more of the same — low 90s, lots of humidity, and with regard to Belichick's preferred sideline apparel choice, hoodies might not be the ideal selection.

“They better SPF up," Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said.

Sunscreen — likely of the high SPF variety — will surely be packed among all the gear the Patriots will be bringing south for the trip. It's not a totally foreign concept for New England to take its game-week show on the road; the Patriots spent a week in Las Vegas last month before facing the Raiders there in a preseason game.

“I think there are a combination of factors, but in the end it all looks like it’s set up fairly well here," Belichick said. “So, make the travel on Tuesday instead of on Saturday. We’ll already be down there. We’ll be able to just focus on the Dolphins."

In recent years, even for a perennial winner such as the Patriots, trips to the Sunshine State — where summer doesn't end just because pumpkin spice everything has hit stores — haven't always gone to New England's liking, and weather may have been a factor in some of those outcomes.

New England is 3-8 in its past 11 regular-season games played in Florida, including losses by double-digit margins twice — a 97-degree day at Jacksonville in 2018, and an 89-degree day at Miami Gardens in 2014.

“It’s going to be great for guys to get acclimated to that heat,” Patriots defensive lineman Davon Godchaux, a former Dolphins player — who knows how different the conditions are in South Florida — told reporters in Foxborough last week. “It’s either going to be a hot one down there or it’s going to be raining."

Perhaps both. Forecasters also say it's better than 50-50 that rain falls Sunday.

“I don’t think myself nor Coach Belichick — I don’t want to speak for him — but I think that’s just a component that he’s trying to help his team get prepared for that game, but it’s not the entirety of it," McDaniel said. “I feel very lucky, almost overly lucky, that I get to work on my tan all the time. I’m sure there’s a lot of players and coaches for the Patriots (who'll) be excited to, you know, bronze up a little bit before the TV regular season starts. I know that for a fact that if you don’t put sunscreen on you will get bronzed."


The Dolphins were holding their in-stadium celebration of the life of Jason Jenkins on Monday. Jenkins spent nearly 14 years with the Dolphins and eventually became the team’s senior vice president of communications. He died unexpectedly on Aug. 27 at the age of 47.

Jenkins is survived by his wife, Liz, and their three children. His passing is still very difficult for McDaniel to process.

“You just try to lean on the people that you love and care about, and try to really lean on each other as a team and put your best foot forward," McDaniel said. “But that feeling doesn’t go away."


More AP NFL coverage: and

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Football, AP Online Basketball, AP Sports - NFL, AP Sports - NBA
© Copyright 2022
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Biden visits key swing states as midterm crunch time begins
President Joe Biden is beginning his Labor Day celebrations with a trip to one battleground state, Wisconsin, before making his third trip in less than a week to another, Pennsylvania
1:15PM ( 1 minute ago )
'Wanted' Wentz expected to stabilize Commanders QB situation
Carson Wentz is undoubtedly the starting quarterback for the Washington Commanders despite being on his third team in as many years
1:01PM ( 15 minutes ago )
Patriots facing 2 opponents this week: heat and the Dolphins
On Sunday, New England plays Miami’s Dolphins
12:51PM ( 24 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Cowboys sign old rival LT Jason Peters with Tyron Smith out
The Dallas Cowboys have signed free agent left tackle Jason Peters to a one-year contract
11:50AM ( 1 hour ago )
Nadal, Swiatek try to reach quarterfinals | US Open updates
Play has started on Day 8 at the U.S. Open, with No. 7 seed Cam Norrie facing No. 9 Andrey Rublev in Louis Armstrong Stadium for a quarterfinal berth
11:26AM ( 1 hour ago )
Canadian manhunt continues for deadly stabbing suspects
Canadian police are searching across the expansive province of Saskatchewan for two men suspected of stabbing to death 10 people in an Indigenous community and a nearby town
8:47AM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Sports
Day proud of No. 2 Buckeyes' 'ugly' opening win over Irish
Coach Ryan Day offered no apologies for No. 2 Ohio State’s low-scoring, “clunky” win over No. 5 Notre Dame
7:44PM ( 17 hours ago )
Canadian police: 10 dead, 15 injured from stabbings
Canadian police say 10 people are dead in 13 locations at two communities in Saskatchewan
6:47PM ( 18 hours ago )
No. 4 Clemson opens vs Ga Tech looking to improve on 10 wins
At most schools, 10 wins is the indicator of a successful season
11:34AM ( 1 day ago )
AP Online Football
Young beats buzzer, Aces top Storm 110-98 in OT in Game 3
Jackie Young sent the game in overtime with a buzzer-beating basket and then Chelsea Gray and Kelsey Plum hit big shots in the extra session to help the Las Vegas Aces beat the Seattle Storm 110-98 to move within a victory of advancing to the WNBA Finals
6:48PM ( 18 hours ago )
Lithuania protests double-OT loss to Germany at EuroBasket
Lithuania protested its double-overtime loss to Germany at the EuroBasket tournament on Sunday
4:58PM ( 20 hours ago )
Parker helps Sky beat Sun 76-72, take 2-1 series lead
Candace Parker had 16 points and 11 rebounds while Kahleah Copper added 15 points and the Chicago Sky beat the Connecticut Sun 76-72 in Game 3 of the WNBA playoffs semifinals
4:06PM ( 21 hours ago )
AP Online Basketball
Bennett, Georgia D lead No. 3 Dawgs to 49-3 rout of Oregon
Stetson Bennett threw for 368 yards and accounted for three touchdowns and Georgia's revamped defense didn’t miss a beat
8:43PM ( 1 day ago )
American Pegula into 4th Rd for 1st time | US Open updates
Jessica Pegula has reached the fourth round at the U.S. Open for the first time by beating qualifier Yuan Yue 6-2, 6-7 (6), 6-0
2:58PM ( 1 day ago )
Texans to host Uvalde high school team at season opener
The Houston Texans will host the Uvalde high school football team and wear “Uvalde Strong” decals on their helmets when they open the season Sept. 11 against Indianapolis
1:32PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Sports - NFL
Loyd has 26, sends Storm over Aces in WNBA semis opener
Jewell Loyd scored 26 points, including Seattle’s final six, and the Storm edged the Las Vegas Aces 76-73 to take a 1-0 lead in the WNBA semifinals
9:40PM ( 1 week ago )
Thunder No. 2 pick Holmgren to miss season with foot injury
Oklahoma City forward Chet Holmgren, the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, will miss the 2022-23 season because of a right foot injury
7:58PM ( 1 week ago )
Kobe Bryant widow awarded $16M in trial over crash photos
A federal jury has found that Los Angeles County must pay Kobe Bryant’s widow $16 million for emotional distress caused by deputies and firefighters sharing photos of the bodies of the NBA star and his daughter taken at the site of the 2020 helicopter crash that killed them
9:11PM ( 1 week ago )
AP Sports - NBA
Judge grants Trump bid for special master in document search
A federal judge has granted a request by former President Donald Trump’s legal team to appoint a special master to review documents seized by the FBI during a search of his Florida home last month
1:10PM ( 6 minutes ago )
'Wanted' Wentz expected to stabilize Commanders QB situation
Carson Wentz is undoubtedly the starting quarterback for the Washington Commanders despite being on his third team in as many years
1:01PM ( 15 minutes ago )
Rain interrupts play at Flushing Meadows | US Open updates
Rain is delaying play in all matches at the U.S. Open — even in the two arenas with retractable roofs, Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong Stadium
12:50PM ( 26 minutes ago )
OPEC+ makes small trim to world oil supplies as prices fall
OPEC and allied oil-producing countries, including Russia, have made a small trim in their supplies to the global economy
12:39PM ( 37 minutes ago )
UN says part of Somalia will reach famine later this year
The United Nations says “famine is at the door” in Somalia with “concrete indications” famine will occur later this year in the southern Bay region
12:35PM ( 41 minutes ago )