Within the oppressive South Florida humidity, the New England Patriots’ Week 1 loss to the Miami Dolphins was excusable — much more so after the Dolphins’ second-half comeback on the highway towards the Baltimore Ravens yesterday.
Whereas the loss ought to’ve been anticipated, they didn’t placed on an encouraging efficiency. Mac Jones threw an interception on the opening drive of the sport, and his 21 whole completions solely resulted in 213 yards passing.
If there was ever a yr to write down off the Patriots it’s 2022. They let J.C. Jackson stroll in free company, their latest drafts have resulted in little expertise, and the numerous funding they made on move catchers would’ve been higher spent at that on line casino constructed just a few miles from TD Backyard in Boston.
The Patriots missing expertise is an issue that was noticeable throughout Tom Brady’s ultimate season with the staff in 2019. This season the roster regarded prefer it is perhaps even worse than their 2020 season when a number of key gamers opted out due to COVID, however the 2022 schedule did them a stable — it put them up towards Mitchell Trubisky in Week 2.
The Pittsburgh Steelers snuck out of Cincinnati with a victory towards the Bengals in Week 1, however the opposition turned the ball over 5 occasions. Trubisky’s 21 accomplished passes in that sport solely went for 194 yards. If the Patriots had been going to provide their 2022 season an opportunity, they wanted a highway win towards Trubisky and the Steelers with the Ravens and Packers up subsequent on the schedule.
It was an unsightly afternoon in Western Pennsylvania. Neither staff reached 20 factors they usually alternated turnovers within the first quarter. Nonetheless, there was one play Jones made that the Steelers starter in his sixth NFL season would by no means have tried.
The Steelers have arguably three broad receivers higher than Nelson Agholor, however no matter no matter grievances Philadelphia Eagles followers may need felt the need to express on stay tv after folks had been evacuated throughout a hearth, it was his play that modified the sport. Agholor snatched a bounce ball in tight man protection over Ahkello Witherspoon after which completed the 44-yard play off with a landing.
Jones was indisputably the quarterback from the 2021 class who performed the most effective in his rookie season. He was a Professional Bowl alternate and had the Patriots on the precipice of an AFC East championship. Certain they misplaced by double digits to the Buffalo Payments in Week 16 and in a Wild-Card playoff sport, however at the very least he saved his staff in rivalry and was not afraid to let the ball go when obligatory.
He handed for 3,801 yards as a rookie whereas Trubisky has been in decline since his 3,223-yard season in 2018. When the sport was within the stability, Trubisky, whose athleticism is meant to be a energy, broke for the sideline throughout an important play and he was so indecisive it wasn’t clear whether or not he wished to get out-of-bounds or flip upfield for a achieve along with his ft. Neither occurred and he was sacked by Matthew Judon.
For the entire Patriots’ flaws on their roster, at the very least their beginning quarterback is able to making a reliable effort at a game-changing play.