New England’s offense seems like a mess.
Bill Belichick has not named an offensive coordinator, much less a play caller. The primary offensive responsibilities could land with either of two former head coaches: Joe Judge and Matt Patricia.
There is more confusion with New England than at DraftKings if they were to see their stock price go up.
In contrast, Miami’s offense got a kick start this off season.
- The acquisition of speedy WR Tyreek Hill, one of the NFL’s best.
- The hiring of coach Mike McDaniel, which suggests a more modern offensive scheme like the one run by his former boss, San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan.
These two factors should help QB Tua Tagovailoa as he looks to secure his role as starter in his third season.
However, these subjective adjustments should not overcome the numbers. Let’s look at how these two pass offenses performed last season by my adjusted success rate.
- New England: 6th. A remarkable result with a rookie QB in Mac Jones.
- Miami: 15th. Everything about this Dolphins team screams average.
Not much persists from season to season in the NFL. This is why I do not use data from last season in my preseason predictions (more on how I make predictions later).
However, pass offense is the one metric with a modicum of predictability from season to season.
Based on last season, it is hard to project Miami as better than NFL average. Despite the weirdness of the coaching staff, New England returns all critical pieces of the passing game in 2021.
New England should have a better pass offense than Miami in 2022.
Pass defense does not persist. We saw this when we looked at coverage metrics, and this randomness makes data based predictions difficult.
Just for fun, let’s look at how these teams did last season by my adjusted passing success rate.
- New England: 19th.
- Miami: 8th.
New England lost elite CB J.C. Jackson this off season. Miami returns every player in their secondary.
But let me reiterate: it’s hard to predict defensive performance. Last year’s data has almost no bearing on the current season.
In addition, Miami will not have CB Byron Jones against New England, and CB Nik Needham is dealing with a wrist issue.
For week 1 in the NFL, I rely on my market model which takes market win totals and backs out a rating for each team. This model predicts Miami by 1.4 points at home.
Combining this with the predictability of pass offense and the injuries to Miami’s secondary, this suggests value on New England +3.5. In addition, it helps that New England sage Bill Belichick is facing a coach in his very first NFL game.
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