Week 5 is usually way too early for a team to have a "must-win" game, but this Sunday's game against the Saints sure feels like one for the Patriots. Coming off a humiliating 38-3 loss to the Cowboys where nearly everything went wrong, New England desperately needs to bounce back at home this week against New Orleans.
That won't be easy, as the Saints have a good defense and more offensive playmakers than the Patriots. New England really can't afford to lose this game, however, and fall to 1-4.
It's been a crazy week for the Patriots will all of their injury news, but let's dive in with three bold predictions for this weekend's matchup with New Orleans.
3 Bold Patriots Predictions Week 5
1. Mac Jones Keeps His Job
After getting benched (again) for Bailey Zappe last week, Jones' job security is once again in jeopardy. He's coming off the worst performance of his career, and people are starting to wonder if it's time for New England to move on from him.
Not so fast, Jones will say. He'll be starting again in Week 5, and he won't do anything to lose the job (at least not yet).
For starters, Jones was playing pretty well prior to Week 4. Through the first three weeks of the season, he had a solid 64.8% completion rate, a 5:2 TD/INT ratio and an 87.7 quarterback rating. Not mind-blowing, of course, but also definitely not benching material.
Then Jones had a bad game on the road against the best defense in the NFL. It happens, and hopefully he'll learn from some of those mistakes.
Now Jones is back home, where he's played considerably better throughout his career. He has a 67.7% completion rate and a 26:13 TD/INT ratio at Gillette Stadium compared to a 64.3% completion rate and a 15:15 TD/INT ratio everywhere else.
Jones will bounce back in Foxborough and put the QB controversy to rest for another week at least.