Each staff that handed on Mac Jones within the draft this yr might be beginning to remorse it and that is as a result of the Patriots rookie is beginning to seem like one of the best QB from the category of 2021.
If Jones wasn’t within the Offensive Rookie of the 12 months dialog heading into Week 10, he is undoubtedly within the dialog now after main the Patriots to a 45-7 blowout win over the Cleveland Browns in what was arguably his finest efficiency of the yr.
Jones is clearly getting extra snug on the sector every week, and you’ll inform, as a result of he appears to be making bolder throws. Though his numbers weren’t flashy (he solely threw for 198 yards), he got here up clutch almost each time he threw the ball in a recreation the place he accomplished 82.6% of his passes, which was the second-highest complete in staff historical past in a recreation the place a QB threw no less than 10 passes (And yup, you guessed it, the report is held by Tom Brady).
Jones began the day by finishing 9 of his first 10 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns. His first scoring throw got here on an ideal 3-yard cross to Hunter Henry that the defender had no probability to cease.
If a 3-yard scoring cross does not impress you, possibly a 23-yard landing will.
With the Patriots main 14-7 late within the second quarter, Jones made considered one of his boldest throws of the day when he determined he was going to try to thread the needle with a cross to Kendrick Bourne, who was double-covered by the Browns. To get the landing, an ideal cross and an important catch had been going to be wanted and the Patriots bought each. The cross beneath to Bourne capped the Patriots’ first 99-yard TD drive since 2011.
If the Browns had been anticipating to Jones play the function of a recreation supervisor who was going to dink and dunk his approach down the sector, they had been in for a impolite awakening Sunday. Jones was routinely taking possibilities downfield and his throws had been so good that there was nothing Cleveland might do to cease them.
Moreover his 23-yard scoring throw to Bourne, Jones additionally had a 17-yard cross to Henry within the third quarter that was virtually equally spectacular because the TD to Bourne.
Each week, the Patriots are giving Jones extra accountability and each week, he is responding by making throws like that. Towards the Browns, Jones completed with three landing passes and 0 interceptions, which is notable, as a result of that made him the primary Patriots rookie QB since 1960 to complete a recreation with three scoring throws and no interceptions.
With the Patriots now 6-4 and Jones hitting his stride, New England must be a staff that scares everybody else within the AFC. It is easy to overlook that the Patriots are simply two performs away from being 8-2 (They missed a area purpose within the last seconds towards the Buccaneers in Week 4 they usually misplaced a late fumble towards the Dolphins in Week 1). The AFC is large open proper now and this Patriots staff does not simply really feel like a wild card contender, it seems like a staff that would win the AFC East and presumably get again to the Tremendous Bowl for the primary time because the 2018 season.
Alright, let’s get to the grades for each recreation from Week 10. For those who’re searching for a deeper dive on the Dolphins’ stunning win over the Ravens that was performed on Thursday, make sure you click on right here.
New England 45-7 over Cleveland
Patriots-Browns grades by Tyler Sullivan (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
San Francisco 31-10 over L.A. Rams (Monday)
Indianapolis 23-17 over Jacksonville
Buffalo 45-17 N.Y. Jets
Washington 29-19 over Tampa Bay
Pittsburgh 16-16 tie with Detroit
Steelers-Lions grades by Bryan DeArdo (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Dallas 43-3 over Atlanta
Cowboys-Broncos grades by Patrik Walker (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Tennessee 23-21 over New Orleans
Titans-Saints grades by Jordan Dajani (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Philadelphia 30-13 over Denver
Eagles-Broncos grades by Jeff Kerr (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Inexperienced Bay 17-0 over Seattle
Seahawks-Packers grades by Cody Benjamin (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Carolina 34-10 over Arizona
Minnesota 27-20 over L.A. Chargers
Kansas Metropolis 41-14 over Las Vegas
Chiefs-Raiders grades by Jared Dubin (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
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