Remember a few weeks ago when nobody really took the New England Patriots seriously because their three wins came against the New York Jets (twice) and Houston Texans?
Well, here we are three weeks later and we can add the Los Angeles Chargers, Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns to that list. Three victories for New England that weren’t even close. Utter domination.
And the most impressive one came Sunday in the team’s Week 10 matchup against the Browns, which ended in a 45-7 triumph. This win was easily the Pats’ best all season. It came against a quality opponent and the team as a whole hit on all cylinders, with both efforts being evident in the box score.
Bill Belichick and Co. are clearly hitting their stride and slowly silencing the critics/forcing countless earlier concerns to disappear with this impressive run of form. This game didn’t require much analysis, but it’s important to note where the Patriots were nearly perfect to help them improve to 6-4 with a Thursday Night Football matchup against the Atlanta Falcons on deck.
These three stats show how dominant the Patriots were against the Browns.
3. Mac Jones: 19/23 for 198 yards and three TDs
Throw in Brian Hoyer’s stats, too, and the Patriots’ passing game was 22-of-26 for 268 yards and four touchdowns. Unreal! Mac Jones garnered the most attention of any player on Sunday for his efforts, standing strong in the pocket and delivering strikes or on-the-money touch passes. Each one felt like it had tremendous implications.
Was it his rocket TD pass to Kendrick Bourne? Or the deep over-the-shoulder pass to Jakobi Meyers on third down to keep that same drive alive? Maybe it was his looping deep ball to Hunter Henry on the sideline that started the onslaught in the second half.
This came against the NFL’s No.3-ranked defense, mind you. It was Jones’ best completion percentage of his career (82.6%) and his first three-touchdown game. He continues to prove he’s the best quarterback in this rookie class.