Mac Jones is in his third NFL season now, so Patriots fans have a pretty good idea of the type of quarterback he is. He’s had some nice highs (making the Pro Bowl and reaching the playoffs as a rookie) and some terrible lows (pretty much all of 2022), but even through the ups and downs some unmistakable trends have emerged.
And frankly, some of those patterns are absolutely terrifying.
Many New England fans are still wondering whether Jones can be “The Guy.” Is he good enough to lead this team to the Super Bowl? Based on these stats, probably not.
Let’s take these one at a time, shall we?
3 Scary Mac Jones Stats
1. Jones is 0-13 when opponents score 24+ points
So basically, if you’re playing New England, all you need to do is score 24 points. If you do that, you’ll win. Every time.
Scoring 24 points in the NFL isn’t particularly difficult — that’s 3 touchdowns and 1 field goal. Ten teams averaged that many points per game last year — nearly one-third of the league.
This stat says a couple of things about Jones. The main one is that his ceiling as a quarterback seems to be limited. If the Patriots find themselves in a shootout, Jones simply isn’t able to keep up. He’s not good enough to win high-scoring games, whereas elite quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow and Josh Allen have proven they can.
This stat also shows how reliant New England is on its defense to win games. The Patriots have been an elite defensive team during Jones’ tenure and have the most games with fewer than 24 points allowed since 2020.
If the defense falters, however, Jones doesn’t have enough juice on offense to compensate. That gives the team very little margin for error and puts a ton of pressure on the defense, which isn’t a great recipe for success in the offense-friendly modern NFL.
New England is 0-2 this year, and in both of its losses the team allowed at least 24 points. Jones had chances to win both games at the end, but couldn’t do it either time.
The Patriots’ defense has been propping Jones up and gives the team a high floor, but he hasn’t been able to take it to the next level.