3 Patriots Who Almost Ruined Tank Opportunity in Week 12

Three New England Patriots players who ruined the perfect opportunity to tank for better draft positioning in Week 12.

Sep 17, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson
Sep 17, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Bailey Zappe

Sunday was not a banner day for Patriots quarterbacks. After starter was TBD all week leading up to kickoff, Mac Jones remained at QB1, but not for long. Two first-half interceptions paved the way for backup Bailey Zappe to make his case.

Zappe was far from an upgrade over Jones, but he did help New England get on the board. Zapper's first drive under center was basically perfect, with the former fourth-round pick completing all six of his pass attempts to get the Pats on the doorstep of the end zone. Stevenson's score then tied the game, which gave tank backers a serious scare.

However, Zappe's Cinderella run didn't last. He reverted back into a pumpkin for the rest of the second half, finishing the day an underwhelming 9-of-14 for 54 yards.

More notably, the pass he forced into triple coverage resulted in a Giants interception. New York then used the advantageous field position to kick its go-ahead FG, which ultimately decided the game.

Zappe went from tank enemy to tank ally all in one afternoon. He looks like'll be a great tank commander if New England decides to go with over Jones the rest of the way.