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Can the Patriots win if Mac Jones has to throw the ball 40 times? | You Pod to Win the Game

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CHARLES ROBINSON: I don't have qualms right now about them being considered the number one seed, you know, the favorite to reel in the number one seed for the playoffs. The only thing that makes me nervous about this is I feel like you're going to have to eventually get into a game in the postseason, where Mac Jones is probably going to have to throw it 40 times.

Is good as that defense is, I understand they got a running game, and the point of how the foundation is built is to not get into a scenario in which Mac Jones is going to have to throw it 40 times to win a football game, but I feel like the inevitability is there. And especially if the backfield is not healthy, Damien Harris clearly adds that pop in that backfield is the break that we got.

AL TOBY: I think they got that running backs.

CHARLES ROBINSON: They do. They do.

AL TOBY: I mean even Corey Dillon, I mean, has he filed his papers yet? I think he can get some run. He might be able to get four carries.

CHARLES ROBINSON: I mean, with the way they're running it right now, yeah. I mean, might as well bring in Marshawn, anybody who's still capable--

AL TOBY: Don't you think that helps-- it helps Mac Jones out is, listen, you're going to have to respect the play action here. I'm sorry, I am not the X's and O's deep dive Warren, sharp guy, but I'm thinking like if you know at any time Bill will run it 35 straight times or whatever that you're going to say, all right, well, we've got to respect this, and that will help Mac out.

CHARLES ROBINSON: I do, I mean, you do have to respect whatever element they want to work in featuring the running game. There's no doubt about that. But again, I just feel with the way the AFC is stacked up, at some point, someone's going to be able to stop that and force them into more of a passing game.

And I do feel different about Mac Jones in terms of he's not your average rookie quarterback and his skill set very much plays into how the team is built, you know, he's-- they're very careful about the shots that he takes when they do throw the ball. And that conservative bent that they've been on, it's opened up a little bit as time has gone on, you know, he'll take a couple of shots a game.

I guess I just feel like to me, one of these AFC teams is-- one of these other AFC teams is going to kick it into a gear. Maybe it's the Chiefs and they're not there yet, but maybe it's the Chargers. It's going to be one of these teams that's going to be able to stop the run and all of a sudden I'm going to question whether or not Mac Jones can throw it 40 times and not make the mistakes, not be vulnerable in the pocket.

M just saying, I'm trying to figure out what still makes me uneasy about this Patriots I think.

AL TOBY: And then the uneasiness is the uneasiness we feel pretty much about every team in the National Football League. Like, there's just not one team we want to shove in all our chips in on, and this is just another wrinkle in that.

CHARLES ROBINSON: Well, the thing is true They're the most balanced. I would say they're probably the most complete, because they can run the football of their line particularly when healthy is good.

They have a very good defense that's experienced, but also has some youth. it's a smart enough defense that Bill-- in terms of experience-- that Bill can do some different things with it. And really, so the only thing, even the kicker is great. I mean, you know, when he's completely healthy.

The only thing that makes me nervous is that they have a rookie quarterback, and I don't like rookie quarterbacks being guys that even if you get. But if you get the bye maybe I feel a little bit different. But I don't like rookie quarterbacks who have to win three games.

And I don't know actually, in reality, I have no idea what Mac Jones is going to look like in Gillette in January when maybe it snows, maybe it's cold. I mean, you know, again, they're limited the look at him against the Bills, when it was inclement weather game. So I don't-- we'll find out.