Mac Jones Shows Mixed Results in First Game Back as Full Time Starter
The New England Patriots traveled to face their division opponent the New York Jets. The major question coming into the game revolved around the two New England quarterbacks that have had success this season.
The Patriots opted to hand the ball over to Mac Jones who was pulled after an interception early in last week's matchup against the Chicago Bears and did not pull him out during the course of the game.
Jones performed up to his standard in his return as the full-time starter going 24/35 for 194 yards through the air and one touchdown en route to a 22-17 victory over fellow second year quarterback Zach Wilson.
The lone touchdown took place at the beginning of the third quarter on a five yard pass to Jakobi Meyers. The score helped spark a big quarter for the Patriots and they were able to come away with points on the two following drives.
However, the day did not come without a few struggles for the young passer and the big mistake came late in the second quarter. Jones threw an interception on a deep pass to Kendrick Bourne that was taken away by Michael Carter II.
The play that stood out the most during the day came on the Patriots final drive before the half when Jones threw an interception to Carter once again and was returned for a touchdown. However, the play was called back due to a roughing the passer call against the Jets that allowed Jones to keep his turnover total at one on the day.
The most worrisome aspect about today's game was that Jones was sacked six total times. Coming off a major ankle injury, it is important to make sure that he will be able to remain healthy as the Patriots continue to make a push towards the playoffs.
Jones and the Patriots will host the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday at 12:00 p.m. on CBS.