“Patriots QB leads team to 4th quarter comeback victory on the road.” That’s been a pretty common headline over the past few decades with Tom Brady at the helm. This past weekend though, Tom Brady was busy taking the Dolphins behind the woodshed while wearing a Buccaneers uni. It was Mac Jones that produced this headline for the Pats.
Dime to Henry
“Patriots QB finds TE for huge 4th quarter TD.” Another Tom Brady-like headline made by Jones yesterday. The Alabama product found Hunter Henry with a beautifully-thrown 13-yard pass near the left sideline, just over the outstretched hands of the defender. Could not have placed it any better. The game was tied at 22 after the PAT.
“Patriots QB engineers 15-play, 84-yard game-winning drive.” Very familiar. Jones kept the offense moving with both his arms and legs when it mattered most. Nothing flashy. He just got the job done, like #12 used to do for the Patriots. The drive culminated in a 21-yard game-winner from Nick Folk with 15 seconds remaining in the 4th.
A Truer Test
The Patriots are 0-3 at Gillette so far in 2021. That can’t happen. Although Mac Jones’s late-game performance was impressive, especially for a rookie, it’s worth noting it came against the Texans, a team likely picking in the top five in next year’s draft.
The Cowboys are coming to town next weekend. They’ve been rolling, especially on offense, where they’ve beaten teams on the ground and through the air all season. Defensively, the Patriots can’t put forth an effort like they did against Houston, as they made Davis Mills look like Aaron Rodgers. Dak will throw five TDs in three quarters if that’s what he’s facing.
As for Mac, he’ll have to minimize the impact of ball-hawking cornerback Trevon Diggs, who already has a whopping six interceptions this season. He’ll need to do this while avoiding monsters like Micah Parsons and Osa Odighizuwa. They’ll likely be in the backfield all game long. Tough.
But hey, it’s the NFL. Mac Jones has shown he has some Tom Brady in him. Let’s see just how much.