NFL 2021 After the victory of this Thursday against Falcons
TOhere come the Patriots. After an irrelevant season that followed the departure of Tom Brady to Tampa Bay, New England, six-time Super Bowl champion is back in the conversation about candidates to win the American Conference East title (AFC) – or maybe something else.
After all, there is no dominant team in the AFC.
The Patriots won five games in a row with the quarterback rookie Mac Jones and a defense that has given him room to grow in the role where Brady shone for nearly two decades.
“You understand that the defense is containing the rivals, and eventually gonna get a ball swap, like he always does, “Jones said after the Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons 25-0 on Thursday night.
“We have a lot of veterans on that defense, and I’ve faced them a lot in training. It is not an easy defense to take on. They do a great job and I hope they continue to do so, and that we can raise our level so we can score more points. “
Jones completed 22 of 26 passes – none over 20 yards – for 207 yards. He suffered an interception and was sacked three times behind the line of scrimmage, for an offense that faced more competition from his own defense (one touchdown) and his special teams (four field goals) than from his rivals.
Since trailing 7-0 in the opening offensive series of the Nov. 14 win against the Browns Cleveland, the Patriots have scored 70 unanswered points.
“I don’t want to brag too much, but I feel like we have one of the best defenses in the league,” said corner JC Jackson, who posted his sixth interception of the year. “We have good pressure for opposing quarterbacks and good players on the defensive line who are doing very well this season. High school has always been good and we are building chemistry in the team. “
The defense has allowed 13 points in the last three games, a total of 50 during the five-game winning streak and only 177 on the season. – an average of 16.1 points per game, which is the second-best record in the league, behind only their AFC East rivals Buffalo Bills. The Patriots had four interceptions and four sacks in Atlanta, two of the passes stolen from Matt Ryan, one from Josh Rosen and another from Feleipe Franks for a header.
The Patriots only scored one touchdown with their offense against the Falcons, having to settle for field goal attempts four times, including two of three trips to the red zone. They made only four of 12 third chances.
“We made a lot of good plays,” said head coach Bill Belichick. “But we didn’t make enough points because we made a lot of plays where we stopped. We have to avoid those plays in order to have a chance to win in the league. We just didn’t do a good job tonight. “