Mac Jones, New England Patriots primed for big game vs Colts

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports /

The New England Patriots and their massive fan base around the world should expect big things from Mac Jones in Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

In his last game, a big win against the closest challenger for the AFC East title, the Buffalo Bills, Jones threw only three passes for a monstrous 19 yards! He couldn’t have been happy about that whatever the weather conditions were.

Jones is a warrior. He’s a fearless, Viking-like warrior who revels in the fight. Having had to hand off all but three balls in the Buffalo win had to have grated on this wunderkind passer.

It absolutely had to tick him off. That, fellow Patriot fans is a good thing. If you’re the opposition, you don’t want a really motivated version of Jones on the field because the result will be predictable.

New England Patriots Mac Jones is poised to rip the Colts apart in the dome

Tonight’s tilt against the Colts will be in played in the dome of Lucas Oil Stadium. There will be no weather to disrupt the New England Patriots passing offense this week. That’s not good news for the Colts’ defense.

Jones and his passing associates will be poised to put a big hurt on the Colts’ defense. They didn’t get the chance to do so against Buffalo. Expect them to be poised, ready, and chomping at the bit for this one.

Now, the Colts evidently think that focusing on stopping the run will get the job done Sunday. It may, but that’s not their whole problem, not at all.

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The Patriots can also crush you with their passing offense, their Buffalo wind-tunnel game notwithstanding. Jones certainly has something to say about that.

Let’s get one thing straight; Mac Jones is a team player first and foremost. It’s all about the “W”. Yet, that being said, he’s also one of the top passers in the National Football League.

Anyone can contest that contention if they choose. The fact is, this rookie is nearly good as it gets in the NFL in passing accuracy. And you can take that to the proverbial bank.

Without a true number one receiver, Jones is shredding NFL defenses and currently sports a lofty 70.3 percent completion percentage after his first 13 games. That’s as a rookie too for what it’s worth.

He’s only going to get better too as each week unfolds and he completes his metamorphosis into a veteran signal-caller and not just a rookie. It’s an ironclad fact, he’ll top 75 or 80 percent in one of the final four games of the season. His intuition and accuracy won’t be contained.

The New England Patriots will contain Jonathan Taylor and rip the Colts defense to shreds

The Colts have a tremendous running back in Jonathan Taylor. He’s a handful for any NFL defense. But rest assured, the New England Patriots’ prime directive will be to slow down Taylor.

Whether they can or not is another question altogether. Taylor can hurt you both on the ground like a pile-driver and through the air. He’s a multi-faceted destroyer.

But whether he can establish himself against the Patriots’ big guys upfront like Davon Godchaux, Christian Barmore, Carl Davis, Lawrence Guy, and hopefully the emerging Daniel Ekuale, is another thing. If they can’t limit Taylor’s production, it will be a whole other thing altogether.

But one of head coach Bill Belichick’s greatest strengths is taking away the opposing offense’s biggest threat, no matter what it takes. So expect him to load up on the front seven or eight to try to stop the Taylor from running amok.

That’s going to be a tough chore. Taylor is a terrific back. He’s already scored 16 total touchdowns and amassed 1348 yards on the ground, which places him at the top of the league

Taylor (who was looked to as a possible Patriots draft pick before the 2020 NFL draft), is a bonafide NFL superstar. For Belichick, the challenge is to stop Taylor or lose. It’s as simple as that.

Mac Jones is the great equalizer for the New England Patriots

While a ground and pound running game is the ultimate Colts-stopper, whether that can be accomplished as it was in the gusty winds in Buffalo is another story.

If not, expect Jones to deliver the Thor hammer blow to the Colts. Jones is the leader of this Patriots offense and he wants to be a major part of its success. Make no mistake about that. Jones is the tip of the Patriots’ offensive spear.

So, if the opportunity presents itself in the confines of Lucas Oil Stadium (any phony piped-in sound, notwithstanding), then Jones will be looking to supplement the running game or supplant it if it’s not working with his pinpoint passes. And he will.

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So that’s the story, Patriots fans. The game against the Colts is like old times. These are two really good teams slugging it out for the prize. They’ll clash just like the old duels of Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning.

Yet, let’s keep this one thing in mind; the 2021 version of the New England Patriots has Jones at the helm. And he could just end up being the difference between winning and losing this game.