The Patriots took their offensive woes abroad on Sunday, continuing their struggle to score points in a 10-6 loss to the Colts in Germany.
Trailing 7-3, the Patriots offense got good field position in the opening minutes of the second half when Myles Bryant intercepted Colts quarterback Gardner Minshew and returned it to the 50-yard line. The Patriots put together a promising drive, moving the ball 33 yards (all on the ground) before it leaked when Mac Jones couldn’t escape the pressure and threw the ball to Rhamondre Stevenson for an incomplete pass on third down.
When the Patriots offense returned to the sideline, offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien was not happy with Jones. O’Brien was seen by the NFL Network broadcast yelling at Jones as the two judged play on the tablet, angrily pointing at something. Jones appeared calm during the part of the interaction that was shown on air.
To make matters worse, rookie Chad Ryland missed a 35-yard field goal, leaving the game at 7-3 about halfway through the third quarter.
The Patriots offense ran into the same problem in the first half of Sunday’s game, converting only two of six third downs. Jones – who was eventually replaced by Bailey Zappe late in the fourth quarter – was sacked four times on third downs in the first half and was sacked a total of five times, a season high.
The Patriots entered Sunday’s game ranked 27th in total offense and 31st in scoring, continually struggling as many hoped O’Brien’s return to New England would turn things around.
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