Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe. Perhaps the New England Patriots ought to have known as Drew Bledsoe to see if there’s any juice left in that massive arm. It’s not like he was in a position to transfer when he was younger, anyway.
I hope nobody got here away from the Patriots’ Week 12 sport considering that Zappe performed higher than Jones. Sure, Jones was out of rhythm, off track and dedicated extra turnovers. However that’s solely as a result of Bobby Okereke couldn’t cling onto a nasty Zappe cross. If the New York Giants’ opening second-half kickoff doesn’t exit of bounds, I extremely doubt the Patriots rating a single level.
The Patriots pulled Jones after his ugly first half efficiency. Following the Giants’ special-teams error, the Pats scored a landing. On that drive, Zappe accomplished one cross that wasn’t a display. A cross that was late and virtually intercepted.
Each completion of Zappe’s for the remainder of the sport was a display till the Patriots’ ultimate drive. Jones handed for 89 yards within the first half. Within the second half Zappe solely managed 54 yards, and averaged fewer cross yards per try — solely 3.9 on the day.
Whereas New England didn’t convey any air yards to MetLife Stadium, the bottom sport traveled. In complete, the Pats ran for 147 yards on 31 makes an attempt in Week 12, 89 of which had been gained through the second half.
The Giants’ offense managed solely 65 second-half yards. Each scores of their 10-7 victory adopted turnovers that put the G-Males deep into New England territory. The Tommy DeVito story is fun, however he performed common, at finest, on Sunday.
The duty earlier than the Patriots to win this sport was not a mountain climb. It was extra of a playground ladder that they stored slipping off of and falling onto the wooden chips in tears. The mixed efficiency by Jones and Zappe was not at an NFL degree. If they’d performed even that fundamental degree, the Patriots would have defeated the Giants.
When the Patriots had been defeated by 30-plus factors in consecutive weeks in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints earlier this season, not less than these groups had sturdy defenses and are within the playoff image. The Giants have miraculously patched collectively a 4-8 file, however are under no circumstances adequate to contend for the postseason.
But, DeVito and his Jersey Juice proceed to take the NFL by storm. As an undrafted rookie, he seems to be higher suited to run an NFL offense than the Patriots’ two QBs who’ve registered way more skilled cross makes an attempt than him.
Somebody on the market who cares about Invoice Belichick and Pats’ protection, put in a name to Bledsoe. Inform him he can play within the shotgun all sport, and require him to throw the ball in 1.5 seconds. How a lot worse can it get behind middle than what Jones and Zappe did throughout an unsightly loss to a nasty NFL crew?