10 quick thoughts from Patriots' big win over Titans

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That's six in a row.

Sure, the Titans were undermanned and it wasn't a perfect game, but the Patriots came away with a 36-13 win over Tennessee Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

The Titans came into the game at 8-3 and in first place in the conference.

New England took advantage of four Tennessee turnovers and that was the difference in the game.

Here are 10 quick thoughts from the contest.

1. Mac Jones was once again solid and the biggest thing was he didn't turn the ball over. The rookie finished 23-for-32 with 310 yards and two touchdowns. While there are certainly things to work on, he continues to give the Patriots a good chance to win week in and week out. The Titans defense came into the game having issues with defending the pass and Jones took advantage.

2. It may be minor, but it seems like Jones is still getting used to throwing in the cold. He sailed a few passes that maybe getting used to the grip and throwing in the conditions played a role in the throws. This is obviously something that takes time and he’s very inexperienced in throwing in cold weather.

3. Yes, the Patriots defense only allowed 13 points, but it was not a good day against the run. Tennessee averaged over seven yards per carry and its offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage. This will certainly be a point of emphasis for the unit this week and moving forward the rest of the year.

4. Kendrick Bourne had himself a game. He had his second career multi-touchdown game, finishing with five catches for 61 yards. His first was a great catch in the corner of the end zone and his second went for 40-plus yards and he made a few defenders miss while staying in bounds. The Patriots offense needs games like this out of him moving forward.

5. There was a huge swing at the end of the first half when Dontrell Hilliard had a 68-yard touchdown on a draw play with 37 seconds remaining. It was the longest touchdown allowed by the Patriots this season. Instead of going into the half leading 16-6 and getting the ball at the start of the third quarter, they led 16-13.

6. Not only does J.C. Jackson pick off passes, he forces fumbles. Jackson made a great hustle play in the third quarter to punch the ball out of running back D’Onta Foreman’s hands after a big gain. Jalen Mills was able to recover. He later added a pick in the end zone off a deflected pass. He has the most interceptions in the entire league since 2018. With all the turnovers Jackson has to his name, he’s likely going to get a big contract this offseason.

7. One thing to keep an eye on with the Patriots offense the rest of the year is they have had some trouble picking up delayed blitzes. Atlanta had some success and Tennessee seemed to piggy-back and did as well. This is on the entire offensive unit to get better at —- Jones, the line and the running backs.

8. Matthew Judon picked up another sack, raising his total to 11.5 on the year. It wasn’t all good, though. He picked up an offsides penalty and then a controversial roughing the passer penalty. It appeared like he made sure he didn’t put his full body weight on Ryan Tannehill, but the officials thought otherwise.

9. This was a very physical game by both teams, which was expected going in. New England is one of the more physical teams in the league and it played the game on its terms. It's a style not many teams will want to play when temperatures get cold in December and January.

10. The Patriots have another big game coming up next Monday night in Buffalo against the Bills. They will catch a break with star cornerback Tre’Davious White being out for the year with a torn ACL. New England will have its bye week after that game.

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