Mac Jones is having a solid rookie debut considering that when relatively healthy the offensive line and running backs haven't been anything close to what was expected heading into the season. With today's injury depleted offensive line, I'd expect the team to continue with getting the ball out quickly. Assuming the Patriots don't fall behind or get offensive penalties, they shouldn't need to go for the long ball. Although Mac Jones has only been sacked 10 times (tied for 12th), he has been hit 25 times (2nd). While he appears to be a tough kid, proper play calling and execution to keep him unscathed is needed.
DEFENSIVE SCORES- It has been a while since the Patriots got either a special teams or defensive score. While we may not want to "waste one" today, we could really use some help scoring points. Last season the team had 2 defensive scores and 2 special teams scores.
- 9/21 Devin McCourty had a pick 6
- 9/27 Deatrich Wise returned a fumble for a score
- 12/6 at the Chargers Gunner returned a punt 70 yards and Devin returned a blocked field goal
In his two previous stints with the Patriots, Jamie Collins had two touchdowns. In 2015 he returned a fumble for a score and in 2019 he had a pick 6.
DON'T BEAT YOURSELF- Houston does not have a good defense and has given up an average of 29 points per game. Even with issues on the offensive line, the Patriots should be able to do some damage. Usually a well-disciplined unit, the Patriots are having some uncharacteristically miscues on special teams as well as way too many whistles. This needs to be cleaned up.