La vittoria ha spezzato lo skid di due sconfitte del New England contro i Titans. The Patriots hadn’t beaten Tennessee since former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel took over as coach in 2018. Nuova Inghilterra (8-4) improved to 6-1 against AFC opponents this season.
Jones completed 23 di 32 passa per 310 yard. Kendrick Bourne had both of the Patriots’ TD receptions, finishing with five catches for 61 yard.
The Titans (8-4) stayed close early, but couldn’t survive a bevy of errors that included three fumbles by their running backs and an interception by Ryan Tannehill. He finished 11 di 21 per 93 yard e un touchdown.
Playing without star Derrick Henry for the fourth straight game, the Titans had mixed results from their rushing attack.
Dontrell Hilliard and D’Onta Foreman became the first Tennessee backs other than Henry to rush for 100 yards since 2018. Hilliard carried 12 times for a career-high 131 yards and a 68-yard TD. But he also a fumble in the second quarter that set up a Patriots field goal.
Foreman rushed 19 volte per 109 yards and broke free for a 34-yard rush in the third quarter. Ma ciò, pure, ended in turnover after he was stripped from behind by J.C. Jackson.
New England led 16-13 at the half, scoring on its first four possessions of the game.
The Patriots took an early lead following a disastrous start by the Titans. It included a penalty on their kickoff return, a 1-yard run loss on their first play from scrimmage and giving up a sack on third down. Tennessee then had to punt twice after being penalized for an illegal shift.
It all added up to a short field for the Patriots, who started on the Titans 37. New England needed only nine plays to go up 7-0 following a 4-yard TD pass from Jones to Bourne.
The Titans bounced back on their second series, eating up more than eight minutes on a 14-play, 74-yard drive that culminated with a 1-yard touchdown reception by Nick Westbrook-Ikhine. Randy Bullock missed the extra point, but the TD ended a streak of 77 consecutive points the Patriots had scored against opponents.
finale 13-6 in the second, Tennessee was driving when Davon Godchaux stripped Hilliard, causing the ball to roll free. Kyle Dugger fell on it, giving the Patriots another short field.
Jones had a chance to turn the turnover into a touchdown but missed a wide-open Hunter Henry just outside of the end zone. Nick Folk connected on his third field goal of the half to make it 16-6.
Tennessee took over with 58 seconds left in the half and opted not to take a knee. It proved worthwhile three plays later when Hilliard found a gap in the middle of the field, juked safety Devin McCourty and sprinted for a 68-yard touchdown. It was the longest score allowed this season by New England.
Titani: TE Tommy Hudson walked off on his own power with an ankle injury in the second quarter. … LB Monty Rice was helped off the field with an ankle injury later in the period and did not return. … CB Jackrabbit Jenkins was shaken up in the third quarter.
AVANTI IL PROSSIMO
Titani: Bye week.
Patrioti: At Buffalo on Dec. 6.