Mac Jones returned to his best last week, and as Mac Jones stats show, he was one of the best quarterbacks in Week 7.
The New England Patriots QB helped bettors with their NFL picks against the spread, which saw the Patriots upset Buffalo.
He’s a young player on the rise, and he could mature into a Tom Brady-like QB in the long run.
A Massive Improvement
It was looking grim for Jones, who got benched by coach Bill Belichick earlier in the NFL season, and rightfully so.
The 25-year-old has a QBR rating of 42.6, even with Sunday’s game in the bank, so he has underperformed in a big way in 2023.
However, despite having a QBR rating of six against New Orleans and 24.3 against Las Vegas, he improved to post a 78.5 QBR and a 126.7 passer rating against the Bills in the 29-25 upset win.
He’s not among the NFL leaders in any category, but he threw two touchdowns and went 25-30 for a completion percentage of 83.3%.
Jones got backing from Aaron Rodgers, who said people overreact too often.
“The narrative can change so quickly in this league. It’s overreaction Mondays every single week,” Rodgers said. “Look at what’s going on in New England. ‘Bill’s gonna be out’ and ‘Mac is the problem’ and then Mac goes out and balls out, I think he was 25 of 31, played incredible, led them on a last-second drive and now it’s like, ‘Mac was never the problem!’ You have to be able to laugh at some of this (expletive) because it’s so ridiculous.”
Mac Jones stats are on the improve, and although it’s only one week, he has always had the potential to be a star quarterback in the NFL.
Short Passing Does the Job
Unlike his predecessor, Jones doesn’t look downfield for the big play.
Jones often opts for shorter passes and then relies on the receiver to pick up yards. His longest pass against the Bills went for 34 yards, which is shorter than you would expect in a 29-25 win.
It was likely because he was scared of being intercepted, which has stifled his year to date. Mac Jones stats show seven touchdowns and seven interceptions, including five interceptions from his last four NFL games.
He didn’t get intercepted on Sunday, and that’s because he was completing shorter pass and being more effective.
However, NFL updates show he was sacked only once, and that’s a statistic that can’t be overlooked. Prior to Sunday, he was sacked three times against the Raiders and twice against the Saints, so the offensive line needs to provide him with protection.
What’s Next for Jones?
Jones needs to pass another big test this week against the Miami Dolphins, who have Tua Tagovailoa.
The Dolphins will look for the big plays downfield, and if the Patriots get into an early hole, that could force the hand of Jones, who could then make mistakes.
Should he play well against Miami, the tide might have turned for Jones, and he might have secured his future as the Patriots quarterback.
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