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    East Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL Youth Deatrich Wise Jr. Jersey , powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Patriots fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.The New England Patriots are sitting at 1-2 heading into tomorrow’s meeting against the 3-0 Miami Dolphins. Safe to say, things have not gone smoothly for the most successful team of this century over the first three weeks of the season: the defense has struggled two games in a row, while the offense has not been able to get into any consistent rhythm.The Patriots’ recent struggles are reflected in the confidence score of our weekly FanPulse survey. While 90% of fans were confident about the direction of the franchise entering week one, this number dipped to 87% one week later (despite New England’s opening day win) and down 76% after the 31-20 week two loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars.After the recent 26-10 loss against the Detroit Lions, only 31% of fans participating in the survey said that they still feel confident in the direction the team is moving. This places New England’s fanbase among the least confident in the entire NFL – only six are less confident in their respective teams – and at the bottom of the AFC Eastespite the low confidence score, Patriots fans have not given up hope that the team defeats Miami tomorrow. According to the result of this week’s survey http://www.thepatriotsfootballauthen...rsey-authentic , New England’s followers think the team will win tomorrow with a three-point difference. For comparison, the Dolphins’ followers believe that their team will win on Sunday by two points.Week 1 Patriots vs Texans Wednesday injury report: New England has perfect practice attendance Football season is right around the corner, which means that the NFL’s teams have started releasing their injury reports for the regular season. Earlier today, the New England Patriots and Houston Texans published their first ones of the year and it gives us insight into the two teams’ present injury situations. Let’s take a lookid not participateWhile the Texans had one of their late training camp pickups missing today – Webster ended last season on injured reserve due to an Achilles injury and is still not fully ready –, the Patriots had perfect attendance: offensive tackle Trent Brown returned after being absent yesterday, and the rest of the team was also present for the session.Limited participationSeeing Sony Michel on the list of limited Patriots does not come as a surprise: while he returned to practice last week, he missed a month of action before that due to his injury. Ja’Whaun Bentley, Duke Dawson and Jacob Hollister Youth Jonathan Jones Jersey , meanwhile, have all looked good over the course of the summer and were projected to earn key rotational roles with the team. It could be another week before this projection turned into a reality.The biggest name on the Texans’ list of limited players is Whitney Mercilus. The former Pro Bowler, who spent most of 2017 on injured reserve, is projected to start for Houston’s defense. How much action he will actually see considering his status as a limited participant today remains to be seen.Full participationAs was reported over the weekend, starting right tackle Marcus Cannon is expected to be ready for opening week. Today’s injury status confirms this – and the same goes for key special teamer and reserve safety Nate Ebner as well. Both should see plenty of action on Sunday.