3. Mac Jones Will Ball Out
All offseason, Patriots fans were wondering what Mac Jones would bring to the table this year. Would he bounce back and play at the level that earned him a Pro Bowl nod as a rookie in 2021? Or would he turn out to be a major draft bust after a disappointing 2022?
Fortunately, it looks more like the former. Jones turned in one of the best performances of his career in Week 1, completing 35 of his 54 pass attempts for 316 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. Were it not for a fluky pick-six (tipped by one of his receivers) and his receivers stepping out of bounds late in the game, Jones would have walked away with the victory.
Jones clearly outplayed Hurts in Week 1, showing how great he can truly be when he’s at the top of his game (having a real offensive coordinator helps, too). If he can outduel an MVP candidate, then he should be able to go toe-to-toe with Tua this week.
Miami’s defense isn’t nearly as strong as Philadelphia’s, either, and the weather will be much better this weekend, setting up Jones for another productive outing.
With Belichick outcoaching McDaniels and a strong effort from Jones and the defense, New England should be able to win this AFC East rivalry game at home.
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