Mac Jones: We don’t really do moral victories

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The Patriots fell short against the Buccaneers in Tom Brady‘s return to Gillette Stadium on Sunday night, but there were things to like about the way they played in the 19-17 loss.

One of them was the performance of quarterback Mac Jones. Jones completed 19 straight passes at one point in the game and finished the night 31-of-40 for 275 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

That outing was crucial on a night when the Patriots could not run the ball and it provided hope that Jones’ future will be bright in New England. The rookie lamented his turnover and said the Patriots “don’t really do moral victories,” but admitted there were positive steps for the offense over the course of the evening.

“Yeah, I do. I think we moved in the right direction,” Jones said. “You know, we made plays and played hard the whole game and I turned the ball over. That’s one of the problems, you know, turnovers can kill you, and you know if you turn the ball over — If you don’t turn the ball over, you have a 90-something percent chance to win, and it’s just statistics but I have thought we moved the ball, passing well and the run game needs to improve and we’ll come up with ways to do that. I thought everyone fought really hard. It sucks we lost but yeah, look at it, like you said, that we’re making some progress.”

The atmosphere will be a lot less emotionally charged when Jones and the Patriots try to snap their two-game losing streak in Houston next weekend.

8 responses to “Mac Jones: We don’t really do moral victories

  1. He gets it! he was the best qb on the field last night but that’s meaningless in the loss it’s about team wins not individual performance he sees that and hes working his tail off. The pats found a gem in this kid hes a rookie playing like a vet and hes only going to get better.it’s a very exciting time in new England lots of young guys coming into their own.

  2. That was an impressive display by the kid last night. He was poised, never looked rattled, and carried that offense, considering the Patriots running game was nonexistent. Definitely no moral victory, but it makes the schedule look a bit less daunting.

  3. it bares repeating:
    Mac Jones is the REAL DEAL!

    Jags, Jets, 49ers, Bears you all are to blame for letting the Patriots get the BEST QB from that draft… Good luck with your choices!

  4. says and does the right things. now if those rb’s could not fumble away red zone scoring opportunities and they could give mac a clean pocket. it was olinemen roulette out there last night

  5. Jones is the mac! I’m not fan of any team but I am always a fan of players. I am a Mac fan.

  6. The Patriots are not losing because of Mac Jones. They’re losing because of bad turnovers (mostly by the RBs), bad penalties, and poor line play on both sides of the ball.

  7. 4.0 GPA math major who makes good quick decisions. Too early to tell if he’s the real deal but I like what I saw Sunday night.

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