2. Jones is 3-12 against playoff teams
If you want to be the best, you need to beat the best. Jones hasn’t done that, at least not consistently.
After losing the first two games of 2023, Jones’ career record through 33 regular-season starts is now 16-17. Not great, but not terrible. When you break it down, however, it becomes clear that Jones is beating up on bad teams but falling short against good ones.
Jones 13-5 against non-playoff teams, which is pretty good! The Patriots are supposed to win those games, and they’ve mostly been taking care of business.
Playoff teams have given Jones major trouble, however, as he’s just 3-12 against them. That’s a .200 winning percentage, folks, which is definitely not great.
If you want to be a playoff team, you generally need to beat other playoff teams about half the time. Jones hasn’t done that, consistently falling short against formidable competition.
Elite quarterbacks find ways to beat other elite quarterbacks and elite opponents. Jones hasn’t been doing that which, again, plays into New England’s 0-2 start. Both losses came against teams that made the postseason last year.
If Jones can’t beat these teams in the regular season, how the heck is he going to beat them in the playoffs?