The Other McCain

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Patriots Win Ugly

Posted on | October 11, 2021 | No Comments

When the New England Patriots drafted Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, they also drafted me as a fan — Go Patriots, because Roll Tide! So I was pleased that the team came away with a victory Sunday over the Houston Texans. It was an ugly win, but a win is a win, and after the previous week’s heartbreaking loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I’m sure the Patriots are happy to have it. Being 2-3 is better than being 1-4, and New England was playing with an offensive line devastated by injuries and COVID-19 protocols. Apparently, two of their linemen haven’t been vaccinated, and I suppose liberals will blame Trump for that. One of the backup linemen brought in as a replacement has a familiar name, Ted Karras III. His father was an NFL lineman, as was his grandfather, and two of his grandfather’s brothers, including the famous Alex Karras, who starred in Blazing Saddles. Meanwhile . . .

Mac Jones completed 23 of 30 passes for 231 yards, with one touchdown and one interception as he “delivered his first comeback victory,” leading two fourth-quarter scoring drives in the 25-22 Patriots win. His fellow Alabama rookie, defensive lineman Christian Barmore, also contributed to the win by drawing two holding penalties against the Texans. Another former Tide star, running back Damien Harris, was almost the scapegoat, after a goal-line fumble on what would have been New England’s second TD drive. As it was, Harris finished with 58 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter with an injury to his ribs. After winning on the road against Houston, the Patriots return home next Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, who at 4-1 are the leaders of the NFC East. Thanks to their ugly win Sunday, New England is now in second place in the AFC East behind the Buffalo Bills.




 

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