The New England Patriots are 2-8 on the season after losing 10-6 to the Indianapolis Colts in Frankfurt, Germany. Here are nine players (and one entire unit) that we graded “UP” or “DOWN” based on their performance on Sunday…
DOWN: QB Mac Jones
It really is incredible how Jones consistently comes up with his worst plays at the worst possible times.
For much of the game against the Colts, the problem wasn’t so much the quarterback as the receivers’ inability to get open or protect the ball, and at times the pass-blocking. But there’s no excuse for Jones’ late-fourth-quarter interception that essentially sealed the Patriots’ fate.
Jones was facing a little bit of pressure on the play, so it looked like a quick decision was necessary for him to avoid a sack. But Jones still rushed the throw off his back foot, despite having Mike Gesicki open in the end zone, resulting in an ugly underthrow and a pick.
Once again, Jones had a chance to deliver a clutch drive to go ahead and possibly escape Germany with a win, but came up woefully short in a pressure situation. That could be the story of Jones’ career, even if he continues to start games and gets a better offense around him. His decision-making under duress is at times abysmal, and this Patriots team isn’t nearly good enough to overcome them.