Patriots stock up, stock down following Week 10 win vs. Browns: Mac Jones continues to ascend

The New England Patriots made it four wins in a row on Sunday after blowing out the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium, 45-7. This now has Bill Belichick’s team truly in the thick of the playoff race in the AFC and is arguably the hottest team in the NFL at the moment. Not only are the Patriots stacking up wins, but they are doing it in impressive fashion. The Browns were able to get on the board first with an opening touchdown drive, but after that the Patriots rolled, scoring 45 unanswered points while the defense shut down Cleveland’s offense for the bulk of the game. 

Next up, New England will have a short week as they’ll head down to Atlanta to face the Falcons in hope of keeping this streak alive. Before we truly dive into that matchup, let’s take a look back at this most recent win and take the temperature of where various players on the roster are at coming out of Week 10. 

The young quarterback continues to improve with each passing week. On Sunday, he put together his first three-touchdown performance of his career and made a number of high-level throws in the process. One of the more impressive on the day was his 23-yard strike to Kendrick Bourne for a touchdown in the second quarter. Jones was able to fit the ball in between two Browns defenders and put it in a spot where Bourne was able to make an astounding catch. 

As has been the case for the bulk of the season, Jones was also extremely efficient with his throws, completing 19 of his 23 pass attempts on the day for 198 yards. The bulk of that came in the first half when Jones completed 13 of 15 for 134 yards. This was Jones’ fifth game with a passer rating over 100, which is first among first-round rookies from his draft class. 

Rhamondre Stevenson took the lion’s share of carries for the Patriots in Week 10 with starting running back Damien Harris out with a concussion. In his absence, the rookie totaled 100…

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