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Mac Jones benched for Bailey Zappe vs. Giants in Week 12

We discuss the New England Patriots plan to start quarterback Mac Jones, while working in backup Bailey Zappe in Week 12,

Mac Jones of New England Patriots controls the ball during the NFL match between Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots at Deutsche Bank Park on November 12, 2023 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Photo by Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Update: Jones was given the first half and couldn’t get things figured out. Zappe has taken over, and Jones has been benched for now. Jones finished the first half 12-of-21 for 89 yards with two interceptions and a fumble.

The New England Patriots are expected to start quarterback Mac Jones against the New York Giants in Week 12 of the NFL season, per Mike Garofolo. The Patriots are still expected to work in backup quarterback Bailey Zappe. New England is coming off a bye week, but it feels like Jones didn’t earn a long leash despite starting under center on Sunday.

The Pats head into this game with a 2-8 record and in last place in the AFC East. Jones has played in 10 games and has thrown for 2,031 yards with 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He has been sacked 21 times and just hasn’t been passing the eye test this year. The interceptions aren’t just turnovers, they are brutally underthrown balls and the quarterback just hasn’t been able to get the offense to be in sync.

Jones likely remains the starter just because no New England backup quarterback has been able to unseat him. Zappe has played in three games and is completing only 40% of his passes with no touchdown and an interception. You can try and point to the Patriots’ receiving corps as to why the offense is struggling, but neither quarterback has been able to make the necessary adjustments to help New England consistently find the win column. Jones will get the start on Sunday against New York, but don’t be surprised if he gets yanked by halftime if he doesn’t look good.