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Patriots-Bills Preview from Tom E. Curran: A lot on Brady

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Patriots-Bills Preview from Tom E. Curran: A lot on Brady

The Patriots have had 324 second-down plays this season. Of those, 208 are second-and-7 or more (64 percent). They’ve been in second-and-10 (or worse) 125 times (38 percent of the time). Their 64 passes on second-and-10 are the highest in the league.

They are forever in second-and-long. Why? Because they aren’t great on first down.

Third down?

The Patriots have run more third down plays than anyone in the league (208). Only Philly (200), Detroit (197), Tampa and Jacksonville (192) are close.

Of the 208 third downs, 141 are third-and-5 or more (68 percent).

Ranking by total pass attempts, New England is second in third-and-5 and third-and-6 (20 and 17 throws each), first in third-and-7 (22), 26th in third-and-8 (8), seventh in third-and-9 (10) and first in third-and-10 (23). They’ve also had 26 more pass plays on third-and-11-plus. That’s 126 throws on third-and-5-plus.

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So, they are bad enough on first down to keep getting stuck in second-and-long. And they’re bad enough on second down that they wind up in third-and-long almost 70 percent of the time.

And how has the calcified, walking corpse wearing No. 12 done this season when faced with third-and-5 with nobody other than Julian Edelman and James White to consistently lean on? The Patriots converted 43 of the throws into first downs (34 percent).

By comparison, Lamar Jackson’s been in third-and-5-plus just 77 times and has converted 27 times (35 percent). Deshaun Watson? He’s 27 for 83 (32 percent). Aaron Rodgers is 32 for 103 (31 percent). Dak is 33 for 85 (38 percent) and Jimmy G. is 38 for 93 (40 percent).

The Patriots offense is constantly in high-leverage situations. They aren’t equipped for it with their skeleton crew of receivers. Yet, when you look at those numbers, you see just how effective Brady still is despite how often it all falls on him. It will likely all fall on him again Saturday against a very good Bills defense, the best they’ve seen in weeks. What Brady can conjure up will determine whether the Patriots win or lose.

 

 

Jonathan Jones not fined for hit on Bills QB Josh Allen

Jonathan Jones not fined for hit on Bills QB Josh Allen

Jonathan Jones was flagged but not ejected for his hit on Bills quarterback Josh Allen during the Patriots' Week 4 win in Buffalo, and it turns out he won't be fined for the hit either. 

Jones insisted after there was no intent to injure Allen during the play and reached out to him afterward to let him know the play "was just football." 

The Bills didn't appreciate the way Jones went high on their quarterback, but the fact remains that the quarterback was scrambling on the play and was no longer protected by the same rules as if he were in the pocket. 

Malicious or not, the hit changed the game in a big way. The Patriots defense didn't have to worry about Allen scrambling the rest of the way with Matt Barkley in the game, so their offensive shortcomings didn't end up costing them. 

Allen is no longer in the concussion protocol and both teams will have games tomorrow, so perhaps we can now put this whole thing behind us, yes?

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NFL rumors: Jonathan Jones hit on Josh Allen to be reviewed for fine, not suspension

NFL rumors: Jonathan Jones hit on Josh Allen to be reviewed for fine, not suspension

New England Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones reportedly is not facing a suspension for his helmet-to-helmet hit that knocked Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen out of Sunday's Week 4 game, but a fine is a possibility. 

NFL Media's Tom Pelissero reported an update Monday on where Jones stands with the league regarding further discipline:

Jones was penalized for unnecessary roughness as a result of the hit, but the Patriots didn't lose any field position because of a Bills holding penalty on the play that offset both infractions.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott felt Jones should've been ejected. Bills safety Micah Hyde said if a Buffalo player made the same hit on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, that player would have been ejected

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick doesn't think Jones could have approached the tackle another way.

"I think, when a player -- when there isn't really much you can tell him to do differently, then I think you don't tell him anything," Belichick said Monday in a conference call with reporters. "I mean, Allen's a big runner; he's a strong guy, hard to tackle. He certainly broke several tackles against us. Jon (Jones) turned when he hit him and didn't lead with his head."

Jones entered Week 4 as the the highest-graded cornerback in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. 

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