Patriots run winning streak to five behind defense, complementary football - New England Patriots Blog

ATLANTA — The New England Patriots have actually won 5 video games in a row after their 25-0 choice over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and it’s with an old-school formula that triggers memories of their early-2000s champion groups.

Led by a compelling defense, an offense with novice quarterback Mac Jones that depends on the much shorter, quick-rhythm death video game, and strong unique groups, they are a physical group that plays complementary football. It’s a brand name of full-team football that has actually taken them far in the playoffs in the past.

“I don’t want to brag too much,” cornerback J.C. Jackson said, “but I feel like we got one of the best defenses in the league right now.”

In truth, this was the website where they beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII — a latest tip that a difficult D coupled with those complementary component can lead them where they wish to go.

“That’s something that you always have in the back of your mind, as a quarterback, you know you have a really good defense,” said quarterback Mac Jones. “You can try to get a feel for the way the game is being played based on the way they’re playing too.”

The Patriots’ next 4 video games represent perhaps the hardest part of their schedule — in the house versus the AFC-leading Tennessee Titans (8-2), then back-to-back roadway video games versus the Buffalo Bills (6-3) and Indianapolis Colts (5-5) prior to a house date versus the Bills. They’ll have a bye after the very first Bills video game.

Judon’s profession high: Outside linebacker Matthew Judon’s second-quarter sack offered him 10.5 this season, setting a profession high. His previous high was 9.5, with the Ravens in 2019. He’s the very first Patriots gamer with double-digit sacks in a season given that Chandler Jones in 2015. The 10.5 sacks are likewise the most by a Patriots gamer in his very first season with the group, with the previous high of 10 shared by Andre Carter (2011), Mark Anderson (2011) and Garin Veris (1985). A big-money free-agent finalizing — 4 years, $56 million, with $32 million ensured — Judon’s agreement has actually been a deal.

Mac’s fast release: The Patriots counted on the brief, quick-rhythm death video game with novice quarterback Jones, whose performance continues to impress. In the very first half, for instance, he balanced 4.5 air backyards on his tosses, going 13-of-13 on targets within 10 backyards of the line of skirmish. He likewise balanced 2.30 seconds from breeze to launch, per NFL Next Gen Stats. That added to the Falcons having problem producing constant pressure. The very first pass that Jones tried with more than 20 air backyards — which was available in the 3rd quarter — was obstructed.

Run, run, run: The Patriots ran the ball 11 times in the very first quarter, their most first-quarter hurries given that Week 13 of last season. It was an early declaration that they meant to enforce their physicality on the Falcons, and lean on the mix of Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson — turning each back on a series-by-series basis. Harris returned after missing out on Sunday’s win over the Browns due to a concussion sustained in Week 9.

Eye-popping NextGen stat: Jones’ second-quarter goal pass to Nelson Agholor had 10.5 backyards of separation, one of the most of any of Jones’ 14 profession passing goals this season. Also, it was one of the most separation on a Patriots passing goal over the previous 2 seasons.

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