The New England Patriots are back.
Bill Belichick’s team improved to 6-4 on the season and pushed the win streak to four games with a dominant 45-7 win over the Cleveland Browns at home. Mac Jones was lights out the entire game and Rhamondre Stevenson stepped right into Damien Harris’ place as the lead back.
The trenches on both sides of the ball were imperative for the Patriots so that everyone else could freely do their job. The offensive line was commanding the entire game and gave Jones a clean pocket to work with, while clearing the way for Stevenson. The defensive line pressured Baker Mayfield, and Case Keenum, the entire game.
Here’s the winners and losers from the game — and, there’s no losers for the Patriots.
WINNER: QB Mac Jones
Jones had his best game by far this season.
He was accurate, in control and didn’t appear to have the slightest bit of fear for Myles Garrett. The No. 15 pick finished the game throwing 19 of 23 for 198 yards and three touchdowns, with his fewest incompletions of the season at four. The Patriots were 7 of 9 on third down conversions and Jones didn’t show an ounce of hesitation.
The stellar play of his offensive line was helpful, as well.
There will be plenty of Jones’ incredible throws ahead.
WINNER: RB Rhamondre Stevenson
Stevenson didn’t practice all week and was questionable entering the game with a concussion. He played, and he was incredible.
The rookie recorded his first multi-touchdown game — tallying 24 total touches for 114 yards and two touchdowns. He caught the ball, ran directly up the middle and ran out side the numbers. Cleveland didn’t have an answer for him the entire game.
WINNER: TE Hunter Henry
Henry is becoming Jones’ favorite target this year.
He finished the day with four receptions for 37 yards and two touchdowns. Henry is putting up comparable numbers to Rob Gronkowski in the 2015 season, which is a feat in itself.
Here’s a look at both of his touchdowns, along with an amazing catch.
WINNER: WR Kendrick Bourne, Jakobi Meyers
Kendrick Bourne and Jakobi Meyers both had incredible performances. Bourne had seven total touches (3 rushes, 43 yards) for 141 yards and a touchdown. Meyers had four receptions for 49 yards and he scored his first career touchdown, finally.
Bourne’s touchdown catch may have been one of the most impressive plays from the Patriots all season.
Meyers’ score was long overdue.
WINNER: S Kyle Dugger
Kyle Dugger led the Patriots in tackles entering the game (56) and he had the most tackles against the Browns (8). He also had a game-changing interception that was returned for 37 yards in the second quarters.
WINNER: Offensive line
Trent Brown made his return after leaving in Week 1 with a calf injury and he made all the difference for the Patriots’ offensive line.
The Patriots were so deep on the line that Mike Onwenu struggled to find reps, and he’s way too good to be out of the mix. Belichick’s new issue will be finding a place to get snaps for his best linemen.
WINNER: Christian Barmore, Matthew Judon
Christian Barmore and Matthew Judon are a problem for offensive lines. Barmore finished the game with four tackles and whole lot of pressure, while Judon had a tackle, half a sack and three quarterback hits.
The defensive line held D’Ernest Johnson to 99 yards on the ground and they created five sacks. Here’s a couple tweets to show the love the media has for Barmore.