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NFL Thursday night: Mac Jones boils over in loss to Bills

AL.com 12/2/2022 Mark Inabinett, al.com

The Buffalo Bills dominated New England for a 24-10 road victory that had Patriots quarterback Mac Jones screaming on the sidelines on Thursday night.

The Prime Video telecast of the game showed Jones, about to take a seat on the bench after a change of possession, shouting. The former Alabama All-American appeared to yell, “Throw the (expletive) ball,” followed by another sentence with another expletive in the assessment that the quick “game sucks.”

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“I think it was just me at that point in the game was just like, ‘All right, we’re playing catch-up up, let’s just go for it. Let’s be aggressive. Let’s take those shots. Let’s go down fighting,’” Jones said during his postgame press conference. “… At the end of the day, we got to execute the plays and do a better job. Sometimes, you’re just so competitive, you want to go out there and ‘Hey, let’s get a 50-yard gain.’ And sometimes it doesn’t happen, but we might as well go down trying and try to make it work.”

Jones said his outburst wasn’t aimed at New England play-caller Matt Patricia or anyone in particular.

“Obviously, I just kind of let my emotions get to me,” Jones said, “but we were kind of playing from behind, and what I said was about throwing it deeper within the short game. I got to execute that part better, but it was the short game we kept going to, which was working. But I felt like we needed chunk plays. I shouted that out to kind of get everyone going. That’s emotional. That’s football. I’m passionate about this game. Obviously, you don’t want your emotions to get the best of you. I think that’s pretty much it.

“It wasn’t directed at anybody. Just emotion coming out. And we kind of needed a spark, so when you’re playing from behind against a really good team and a good offense, you need to go out there and make better plays, and that starts with me. Definitely wasn’t good enough by me tonight, and all you can do is watch the tape and see where we can get better. Playing catch-up’s hard. We didn’t want to do that all game. I didn’t do a good enough job of getting ahead early and making it work.”

The Buffalo offense averaged gaining 4.93 yards per play, not much more than the 4.75 yards per play averaged by the New England offense. But the Bills converted nine of their 15 third-down snaps into first downs while the Patriots went 3-of-12 on third down. Consequently, Buffalo snapped 21 more plays and possessed the football 16:16 more than New England on Thursday night.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen completed 22-of-33 passes for 223 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Buffalo’s touchdowns came on the ninth play of an 82-yard drive, the 14th play of a 56-yard drive and the 15th play of a 94-yard drive.

After throwing for a career high of 382 yards in Sunday’s 33-26 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Jones completed 22-of-36 passes for 195 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions against Buffalo.

Jones called the game “a good learning experience, but it’s going to be tough to watch for sure.”

In addition to Jones, five other players from Alabama high schools and colleges got on the field during the Buffalo-New England game:

· Patriots defensive tackle Christian Barmore (Alabama) is on injured reserve and not eligible to play.

· Patriots running back Damien Harris (Alabama) was designated as a game-day inactive. Harris did not practice this week because of a thigh injury.

· Patriots linebacker Anfernee Jennings (Dadeville, Alabama) made one tackle.

· Jonathan Jones (Auburn) started at cornerback for the Patriots. Jones made eight tackles.

· Marcus Jones (Enterprise, Troy) started at cornerback for the Patriots. Jones broke up a pass on defense, made a tackle on special teams and caught two passes for 51 yards on offense. On his first NFL snap as an offensive player, Jones caught a pass behind the line of scrimmage and ran 48 yards to the end zone with 4:46 left in the first quarter for New England’s only touchdown.

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· Bills cornerback Siran Neal (Eufaula, Jacksonville State) made two tackles on special teams.

· Patriots defensive tackle LaBryan Ray (James Clemens, Alabama) is on the practice-squad injured reserve and not eligible to play.

· Patriots outside linebacker Mack Wilson (Carver-Montgomery, Alabama) made three tackles.

Buffalo improved to 9-3 to move one-half game ahead of the Miami Dolphins at the top of the AFC East. At 6-6, New England occupies the division cellar.

The Bills host the New York Jets on Dec. 11 for their next game. The Patriots will play in prime time again in the Week 14 Monday night game, when they visit the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 12.

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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