The New England Patriots are 1-5 after a loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. It was a closer, more winnable game, but still not enough to get New England back in the win column. Here are 11 players we graded “UP” or “DOWN” based on their performance in the game…
DOWN: QB Mac Jones
Jones was slightly better than he was in Weeks 4-5, technically speaking. But he still hurt the team by making careless decisions with the football, most notably a second-quarter interception that killed a potential scoring drive. Jones also should have been intercepted on a late-fourth-quarter drive, a gotta-have-it situation. And of course, there was the safety on the Patriots’ final chance.
The quarterback ended up 24-of-33 passing for 200 yards, no touchdowns, and the interception, adding up to a passer rating of just 75.3. That may be a relative improvement over the previous two weeks, but still not enough to win, and not nearly good enough in the key moments of the game.
“Definitely frustrating, but I just have to watch it all and learn and watch it with truthful eyes, that’s all you can do,” Jones said after the game. “Just wasn’t clean enough, across the board. There’s penatlies and all sorts of things we need to clean up. It’s hard to win like that, and I’m definitely frustrated for sure.”
Jones actually got a few solid performances out of his weapons in the game, but still had rough protection in front of him and ultimately made a few too many negative plays himself. It was a winnable game at the end and he came up short.