Patriots-Jets film review: How Mac Jones and the offense made small progress in an ugly win

Standing behind a podium at his post-game press convention Sunday, a relaxed and besuited Mac Jones revealed the Patriots knew the play that sprung backup tight finish Pharaoh Brown for a stunning landing would work.

The reality is, they knew much more than that.

The Pats knew a clear sport would beat the Jets, who’ve now misplaced 15 straight to their head-to-head sequence. Bill Belichick declared it himself inside a celebratory locker room.

“The formula today: no turnovers,” Belichick mentioned, as captured by an in-house digicam crew. “No turnovers!”

Yes, it was that straightforward. A field checked, a step climbed, a disastrous 0-3 begin dodged. All that actually mattered is the Patriots clinched a win, which they did for a similar causes which have carried them towards the Jets ever since 2015: coach and quarterback.

Zach Wilson stays the worst passer within the league, and Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien managed to raise the highest off the Jets protection as soon as, one thing his counterpart, Nathaniel Hackett, didn’t. After stretching their result in 13-3 early within the second half, the Pats sat on the ball and watched the clock wind.

On Monday, Trent Brown described the win as “grimy.” The truth his description may equally apply to the gross climate situations and the sport itself speaks completely to how ugly play grew to become.

Brown and the Patriots offense completed with zero snaps contained in the crimson zone. They failed to shut the Jets out on three completely different possessions inside the ultimate 5:30. Mac Jones barely accomplished half his passes, but nonetheless out-shone Wilson like a lighthouse held towards a firefly.

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) is sacked by New England Patriots linebacker Josh Uche (55) and linebacker Matthew Judon (9) throughout the first quarter of an NFL soccer sport, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

But beneath the rain and disappointing end had been small indicators of progress. The Patriots can not afford to easily wait out one other opponent or quarterback till they see the Jets once more. That rematch is about for Jan. 7, their regular-season finale.

Until then, the Pats should run the ball. They should keep one step forward defensively. And they need to seal the leaks that price them no less than one, if not two, signature wins to begin their season.

The excellent news? They achieved most of that Sunday.

Here’s what else the movie revealed in regards to the Pats’ first win:

Mac Jones

15-of-29 for 201 yards, TD

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) calls an audible at the line of scrimmage against the New York Jets during an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) calls an audible on the line of scrimmage towards the New York Jets throughout an NFL soccer sport, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Accurate throw proportion: 61.5%

Under strain: 5-10, 63 yards, 8-yard scramble

Against the blitz: 1-3, 18 yards

Behind the road: 1-of-2, 3 yards

0-9 yards downfield: 9-of-13, 73 yards

10-19 yards downfield: 5-of-6, 125 yards, TD

20+ yards downfield: 0-of-5

Notes: Jones’ least-accurate efficiency of the season can partly be defined away by circumstance: dangerous climate, a don’t-screw-this-up teaching mandate and hard protection. But not all of it — and even most of it.

The bigger reality is Jones performed a pedestrian sport. Despite the advantage of a gentle run sport and adequate safety, he threw plenty of uncatchable passes, particularly downfield. The deep passing sport stays downright dreadful, a failure shared by Jones and his receivers. Jones’ completion proportion on passes 20-plus yards downfield presently ranks second-worst within the NFL.

Jones additionally triggered a hair late on a couple of shorter throws the Jets batted away, which underscored lingering considerations about his anticipation in essential conditions.

Among the positives: his third-down strikes to Mike Gesicki (18 yards), Demario Douglas (15 yards) and DeVante Parker (16 yards), and courageous play underneath strain. Jones posted a hit fee of 54% underneath strain and had one other go dropped that would’ve boosted that quantity for one more third-down conversion. He’s been a totally completely different quarterback within the face of a closing rush than he was a 12 months in the past.

That’s progress.

Critical areas

New England Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon (9) celebrates after causing a safety during the second half an NFL football game against the New York Jets on Sunday Sept. 24, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)
New England Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon (9) celebrates after inflicting a security throughout the second half an NFL soccer sport towards the New York Jets on Sunday Sept. 24, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)
  • Explosive play fee: Patriots 5.6%, Jets 3.3%
  • Success fee: Patriots 37%, Jets 29%
  • Red-zone effectivity: Patriots 0-0, Jets 1-1
  • Third downs: Patriots 8-19, Jets 2-14
  • Defensive strain fee: Patriots 47.5%, Jets 36%


Game plan

  • Personnel breakdown: 56.5% of snaps in 11 personnel, 23% snaps in 13 personnel, 16% snaps in 12 personnel, 3% in 21 personnel, 1.5% in 22 personnel.***
  • Personnel manufacturing: 5.2 yards/play in 11 personnel, 6.9 yards/play in 13 personnel, 2.7 yards/play in 12 personnel, 4 yards/play in 21 personnel, 6 yards/play in 22 personnel.
  • First-down down play-calls: 75% run (4.6 yards per play), 25% go (12.4 yards per play),
  • Play-action fee: 20%

Player stats

  • Broken tackles: Rhamondre Stevenson 2, Kendrick Bourne, Ezekiel Elliott, Pharaoh Brown
  • Pressure allowed: RT Vederian Lowe 5 (1 QB hit, 4 hurries), LG Cole Strange 3 (2 QB hits, 1 hurry), RG Mike Onwenu 1 (QB hit), Team 2 (2 hurries)
  • Run stuffs allowed: Team 3, Onwenu
  • Penalties: Strange (holding), Onwenu (false begin), WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (unlawful blindside block), LT Trent Brown (false begin), Team (too many males on the sphere)
  • Drops: Stevenson


New England Patriots running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) runs with the ball during the second half an NFL football game against the New York Jets on Sunday Sept. 24, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)
New England Patriots working again Ezekiel Elliott (15) runs with the ball throughout the second half an NFL soccer sport towards the New York Jets on Sunday Sept. 24, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)
  • Run the rattling ball. That was the essence of Bill O’Brien’s sport plan, which he rigorously disguised with a rotating mixture of personnel groupings, formations and tempo.
  • O’Brien referred to as a run on 75% of the Patriots’ first-down performs, a perform of the offense’s dedication and a positive sport script. That proportion got here simply shy of doubling the offense’s first-down run fee in every of the earlier two video games.
  • Overall, the Pats succeeded simply sufficient. They averaged 4.6 yards per keep on first down, which allowed them to remain on-schedule; a should for any offense like theirs that lacks big-play explosion.
  • Most of the non-scoring drives ended due to a penalty, Jones’ incapacity to attach downfield or receiving miscues (Stevenson’s drop and imprecise route-running). Of the three, the non-existent deep passing sport is most regarding.
  • It’s additionally necessary to notice the Patriots’ goal Sunday was not to attain as many factors as doable, however merely sufficient to win. Belichick’s threat avoidance (“no turnovers”) clearly influenced their play-calling, particularly after they staked an early lead.
  • O’Brien’s favourite run calls had been tosses behind left deal with Trent Brown, entice runs up the center and attracts.
  • Virtually all of Pats’ most profitable runs concerned some kind of misdirection to punish the overaggressive Jets or adopted certainly one of their two greatest run-blockers: Brown (4.75 yards per carry) and proper guard Mike Onwenu (8.5 yards).
  • The Patriots averaged a season-high 2.08 rush yards after contact, thanks largely to the exhausting work of backs Rhamondre Stevenson and Ezekiel Elliott. Sunday marked Elliott’s greatest sport as a Patriot — by far. His cutback imaginative and prescient generated additional yards on a number of events.

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  • However, the explanations the offense failed to shut out the Jets do embody first-down working. Over their final three drives, Pats averaged 2.3 yards per first-down carry. Then, Jones failed to attach with Smith-Schuster on consecutive third downs, throwing at his fade route from the slot after which a poorly executed rub-route mixture.
  • In the passing sport, Jones discovered success focusing on his tight ends towards the Jets’ safeties. Mike Gesicki beat Adrian Amos for an 18-yard achieve on the Patriots’ opening drive, and Jordan Whitehead was within the neighborhood of three completions, together with one every to Hunter Henry and Pharaoh Brown.
  • O’Brien arrange Brown’s landing fantastically, calling under-center runs on his first seven performs from the personnel grouping (13 personnel, with one again and three tight ends) that yielded the lengthy rating. On the eighth snap from 13 personnel, Jones dropped underneath heart once more, executed a play pretend and hit Brown large open down the fitting seam.
  • Before the snap, Whitehead had adopted Gesicki’s right-to-left movement throughout the road because the lone deep security and left the seam large open. The closest cornerback, Sauce Gardner, was then occupied by Hunter Henry working into the fitting flat, the place one other Jets defender lurked. Judging by the protection construction, it is doable Gardner didn’t drop right into a deep third to guard towards deeper routes like Browns.
  • Even if Gardner wasn’t at fault on Brown’s landing, he allowed a pair catches to Kendrick Bourne for 18 yards.
  • Bourne completed as the one Patriots pass-catcher with greater than two catches. Rough video games for Smith-Schuster and DeVante Parker, who was largely invisible other than his 16-yard seize to transform third-and-long within the second half.

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  • One inform to observe shifting ahead: 72% of Pharaoh Brown’s snaps have been run performs. He’s primarily performed as a part of these 13 personnel packages, that are naturally run-heavy, however the Patriots ought to seize on that proportion and name extra play-action.
  • Up entrance, left deal with Trent Brown dominated and heart David Andrews posted a clear sheet. There was no considerable distinction between left guards Cole Strange and Atonio Mafi as soon as the rookie got here in as an harm substitute.
  • Strange did take the worst reps, although, and struggled mightily towards All-Pro defensive deal with Quinnen Williams. Onwenu, other than a couple of road-grading blocks, seems to nonetheless be knocking off some rust.


New England Patriots safety Kyle Dugger (23) deflects a Hail Mary pass into the end zone as time expired in the second half an NFL football game against the New York Jets on Sunday Sept. 24, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)
New England Patriots security Kyle Dugger (23) deflects a Hail Mary go into the tip zone as time expired within the second half an NFL soccer sport towards the New York Jets on Sunday Sept. 24, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Game plan

  • Personnel breakdown: 28% three-corner nickel package deal, 28% base, 26% dime, 13% three-safety nickel, 5% greenback.****
  • Coverage snaps breakdown: 58.5% zone, 41.5% man
  • Blitz fee: 30%
  • Blitz efficacy: 2.3 yards allowed per dropback, 25% success fee allowed

Player stats

  • Interceptions: None
  • Forced fumbles: DL Daniel Ekuale
  • Pass deflections: CB Christian Gonzalez, S Kyle Dugger, DB Myles Bryant, LB Ja’Whaun Bentley, DL Christian Barmore
  • Pressure: OLB Matt Judon 4 (2 sacks, QB hit, hurry), DL Christian Barmore 3 (sack, 2 hurries), OLB Josh Uche 3 (3 hurries), DL Deatrich Wise 3 (2 hurries, maintain drawn), LB Ja’Whaun Bentley 2 (2 QB hits), DL Keion White 2 (2 hurries), OLB Anfernee Jennings 1 (QB hit), S Kyle Dugger 1 (hurry)
  • Run stuffs: Bentley, Dugger, Ekuale, Jennings, S Jabrill Peppers
  • Missed tackles: Bentley, Dugger, Uche
  • Penalties: Bryant (go interference)


  • The two-pronged, oversimplified model of the Patriots’ sport plan was this: beef up personnel on early downs to cease the run and blitz Zach Wilson.
  • The Patriots performed nearly six occasions extra snaps of base protection (with seven defensive linemen and linebackers) than they did within the earlier two video games mixed.
  • Playing via larger personnel, and powerful run defenders like exterior linebacker Anfernee Jennings and defensive lineman Sam Roberts — each backups who began — shut down the Jets’ run sport.
  • The Jets averaged 1.7 yards per carry star backs Breece Hall and Dalvin Cook each completed with 18 whole yards. Neither was allowed to achieve the sting, the place Miami damage the Pats repeatedly in Week 2.
  • Their struggles foisted the sport on Wilson’s shoulders, the place he instantly collapsed underneath the burden of carrying his offense. The Pats exploited his two greatest weaknesses: decision-making and play underneath strain.
  • The Patriots despatched 4 completely different blitzes at Wilson on his first 4 true dropbacks — his first throw got here off an RPO (run-pass possibility) — and that strain compelled him to go 1-for-3 for 12 yards with one sack.
  • After their preliminary blitz barrage, defensive play-caller Steve Belichick bluffed blitz on apparent passing conditions and backed into conventional protection fronted by inventive four-man rushes. That additional hampered the Jets, who started calling for working backs and tight ends to remain in safety and block blitzers that by no means got here.
  • Wilson was principally restricted to RPOs and fast sport. He performed extraordinarily conservatively till the Jets’ lone landing drive, one sustained by a greater run sport and extra first-down passing.
  • During that drive, the Jets additionally started selecting up the Patriots’ blitz strain.
  • Matt Judon and Christian Barmore led a relentless go rush. Barmore’s play was significantly encouraging, contemplating he landed on the harm report as questionable with a damage knee.
  • Defensive again Myles Bryant  shut down a number of growing go performs, together with a third-down display screen to star receiver Garrett Wilson that he noticed from throughout the sphere. Bryant jumped the route, forcing a throwaway.
  • Belichick didn’t pay additional consideration to Wilson, besides by assigning rookie cornerback Christian Gonzalez to him in key conditions. Gonzalez allowed three catches for 18 yards.
  • The Pats protected towards their shallow nook depth by once more taking part in properly greater than half their protection snaps in zone. Their most popular coverages had been unfastened variations of Cover 2 and Cover 3.


TE Pharaoh Brown

New England Patriots tight end Pharaoh Brown (86) pushes for the end zone against New York Jets safety Adrian Amos (0) to score a touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
New England Patriots tight finish Pharaoh Brown (86) pushes for the tip zone towards New York Jets security Adrian Amos (0) to attain a landing throughout the second quarter of an NFL soccer sport, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Have a day, Pharaoh Brown.

The third-string tight finish completed his 58-yard landing with full effort and extension. He additionally caught a 12-yard go later within the sport and threw plenty of key blocks. His in-line blocking brings a powerful and essential contrasts to Hunter Henry and Mike Gesicki, who can pretty be described as pass-first tight ends.

OT Trent Brown

The huge man was good.

Brown did not permit a single strain or run stuff over 71 offensive snaps. He additionally led the way in which on lengthy toss runs off the left aspect. When doubtful, observe the 6-foot-8, 380-pounder.

OLB Matt Judon

Two sacks, a QB hit and one hurry.

Judon terrorized Zach Wilson as soon as once more and punctuated his efficiency with a security. His 4 sacks and 7 QB hits far and away lead the group in each classes.