New England Patriots Win again
The New England Patriots find a way to win their seven consecutive games. The most intriguing fact of them all is Patriots head coach Bill Belichick only allowed rookie Mac Jones to throw three passes all game. The Patriots took on the Buffalo Bills on Monday night and played 40 mph winds. This generally means, a ton of running the ball will take place but nobody expected the play calling to be so lopsided. Jones threw the ball only three times in addition to handing the ball off 46 times. They went on to win the game, 14-10, thanks to a breakout run by Damien Harris.
The victory solidified the Patriots No. 1 seed in the AFC and took control of the AFC East division. Overall, Jones went two for three for 19 yards, while the Patriots rand down the Bills throats for 222 yards.
Mac Jones and the Pats made history tonight 😆 pic.twitter.com/F2MsVltQsQ
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“Just a crazy game to be a part of; it was just a weird day, but at the end of the day, you just get more points than the other team and it’s a great day,” Jones said. “I haven’t seen that much wind, probably ever.”
“Hats off to the offensive line for doing what they did; knowing we were going to run the ball and just putting their nose in there every play and making it happen was incredible. I’ve never been a part of something like that.”
Rookie Mac Jones makes franchise history
The three passing attempts are by far the fewest in Patriots history, as well as, the two completions. This was the fewest attempts by any team since the Bills attempted just two in week three of the 1974 season, according to ESPN.
“We played kind of the way we felt like we needed to play to win. In the end, we scored enough points,” New England coach Bill Belichick said.”Just have to give the players a lot of credit for being tough, being disciplined, being resilient, and dealing with a really good football team and conditions that were somewhat challenging.”
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The team used six offensive linemen on the field for 61% of the game. This is the highest usage for any team over the past five seasons. New England Patriots veteran safety Devin McCourty emphasized how he appreciates and loves the unselfishness on this team. The team’s willingness to play the game together can be reflected into something even greater.
“That’s why I loved playing here,” he said. “This team isn’t about one person, it isn’t about egos, it isn’t about ‘this is what we do, so we’re going to do it.’ It’s about winning. We’re going to adjust and find a way to win.
“I think everyone will look to this game and say, ‘They played to their defense.’ But we ran the ball. To me, that’s a team performance.”