All-Professional linebacker Von Miller has had loads of memorable battles towards the Patriots through the years, particularly when Tom Brady held the reins of New England’s offense and Miller was the featured cog on an imposing Denver protection.
Loads has modified since then, with Miller now serving as an elder statesman with the Buffalo Payments and Mac Jones taking snaps for New England.
However for the entire discourse surrounding New England’s disheartening begin to the 2023 season and weeks-long futility for the Patriots’ offense, Jones and Co. earned the final snicker towards Miller and the Payments on Sunday.
Regardless of relinquishing a double-digit lead within the fourth quarter, the Patriots stormed again to beat the Payments, 29-25, on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.
Jones led the Patriots on simply his second profession game-winning drive within the fourth quarter, finishing six of seven passes for 70 yards and a landing throw to Mike Gesicki in beneath two minutes of play.
For the primary time in over a month, New England’s offense appeared like a reliable unit — with Jones finishing 25 of 30 cross makes an attempt for 272 yards, two touchdowns and 0 interceptions. The Patriots completed with 364 whole yards of offense of their upset win over Buffalo.
Given the character of Sunday’s defeat, Sean McDermott, Josh Allen, and several other different key gamers and coaches on the Payments had little to say postgame about Jones and New England’s fourth-quarter rally.
However Miller did tip his cap to the Patriots throughout an interview with Fox Sports activities’ Henry McKenna, focusing particularly on Jones and his play within the midst of what has been a difficult 12 months for the third-year sign caller.
“He’s getting higher,” Miller told McKenna of Jones’ play. “He’s getting higher, for certain. I used to be impressed with Mac. … It nonetheless appears just like the Patriots of the golden days.
“Clearly, Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski — all these gamers aren’t there. However they’re nonetheless coached nicely. It’s simply turnovers firstly of the video games which have put them behind the ball, and so they didn’t flip over the ball as we speak.”
In the end, New England did get knocked for one turnover on Sunday, with a pricey fumble from Kendrick Bourne within the fourth quarter looming giant over in what was wanting like yet one more crushing defeat for Invoice Belichick and the Patriots.
However Jones nonetheless managed to orchestrate one closing fruitful drive for the Patriots, who improved to 2-5 on the season with their win over a abruptly struggling Payments roster.
With New England nonetheless anchored on the backside of the AFC East standings, this 2023 roster nonetheless has a methods to go if it desires to resemble the “Patriots of the golden days,” as Miller put it.
However a efficiency like Sunday’s stood as a step in the precise path amid a season had been little has seemingly gone proper in Foxborough.
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