The New England Patriots are 2-6 on the 2023 season after falling to the Miami Dolphins by a 31-17 final at Hard Rock Stadium. Here are 11 players graded either “UP” or “DOWN” based on the game…
DOWN: QB Mac Jones
Jones had a good touchdown drive off a Dolphins turnover to give the Patriots an early lead, and another good scoring drive late in the fourth quarter to keep the game within reach. But in-between, Jones was underwhelming.
After a clean game last week against the Buffalo Bills, Jones couldn’t avoid a turnover in this one. And this time it was a bad decision and a bad throw, at one of the worst possible times. On the Miami 23-yard line with a chance to tie the game heading into halftime, Jones instead lobbed a floating outside pass attempt toward Kendrick Bourne, which Jalen Ramsey intercepted with ease.
Bourne was technically open, but Jones only had a chance to make that play if he gunned it as hard as he could. Instead of potentially tying the game, the Patriots ended up at halftime down 17-7 after the Dolphins grabbed a field goal off his interception.
Jones has a solid opportunity to rebound in the coming weeks, with games coming up against the Commanders, Colts, and Giants. But it’s possible that Jones has made too many crucial mistakes at this point in the season for the Pats to have a chance to crawl out of the hole they’ve dug for themselves.