This might be the last chance that Mac Jones is viewed as the primary starter of the New England Patriots. After being benched in back-to-back weeks, Week 6 might be the last straw. Well, the last straw is usually after the third try, right? In Week 6, the Patriots get to face off against the Patriots of the AFC West, the Las Vegas Raiders.
This game seems to have almost a playoff-type of feeling even though both teams are bad. The Las Vegas Raiders are 2-3, and with a win, could get themselves back to .500 and right back in the think of things. The Patriots dropping to 1-5 would feel like a true bottoming-out scenario. We all know that Josh McDaniels is the head coach of the Raiders, and we saw them sign Jimmy Garoppolo and Jakobi Meyers last offseason, two former Patriots who seemed to be beloved by the fanbase.
And then, to make matters even worse, Tom Brady is set to become a minority owner of the franchise. Well, if the New England Patriots were to lose, it'd probably be because QB Mac Jones didn't quite do enough to help the team win, and I don't think the team could continue with their current QB plan if they were to fall to 1-5. Jones has gotten off to the worst start of his career. He's got a 74.2 passer rating and has thrown more touchdowns than interceptions.
A lot of us thought that the Patriots hiring Bill O'Brien to be the new offensive coordinator would have yielded better results than what we have gotten thus far. It's just a total mess right now and I think it gets worse before it gets better. Mac Jones is probably on his last chance here in Week 6. And if the Pats do lose, they could also begin to sell players off at the trade deadline to gather additional draft capital for 2024 and beyond.
As silly as it may sound, losing might not end up being the worst thing for this team in the end. I think embracing a full rebuild is something that this franchise needs to do. Week 6 might be the catalyst for that.