Winners and losers from Patriots’ demolition of the Jets in Week 7

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Outside of injuries and a few mental lapses, the New England Patriots looked sharp and dominant in the 54-13 win over the New York Jets in Week 7.

Mac Jones’ comfortability within the Patriots’ offense is growing weekly and it resulted in a game where he threw 24-of-36 for 307 yards and two touchdowns. Jonnu Smith, who did leave the game with a shoulder injury, was the focal point of the Patriots’ offense in the first half.

The defense came away with two interceptions and Damien Harris continued to prove why he’s the lead player in the backfield. New England players believe they’re better than what their record indicates and they gave a glimpse against that against the Jets.

Here’s the Patriots’ winners and losers from the game — there’s much more winners than losers this week.

WINNER: QB Mac Jones

The Patriots finally have their first win at home and Jones finally has his first 300-yard game of the season.

In the blowout, the rookie continued to prove how comfortable he is in the offense and it will only get better. The main critique against Jones’ game is his lack of a deep ball — but he gave a glimpse of what he’s capable in this pass to Kendrick Bourne.

Jones is the quarterback of the future for this team.

LOSER: Jets, Jets fans, Jets organization

There weren’t many losers from the Patriots this game.

Zach Wilson’s injury isn’t ideal for New York and the running backs (Michael Carter and Ty Johnson) were the only truly productive offensive players. The Jets are now 1-4 and don’t look to have any hope for more than five wins this season.

Robert Saleh’s first season as a head coach will be much more work than what he likely anticipated.

WINNER: RB Damien Harris

Harris now has back-to-back games with 100 yards and a touchdown.

On the Patriots’ second drive of the game, Harris had a 32-yard carry and followed that up with his first touchdown of the game.

Harris’ second touchdown solidified the win early in the fourth quarter.

WINNER: RB Brandon Bolden

Brandon Bolden was the Patriots’ leading receiver with six receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown. He was reliable out of the backfield as a receiver and is picking up the slack from James White’s absence.

Bolden continues to be instrumental for the Patriots.

WINNER: WR Kendrick Bourne

Bourne had a huge 75-yard touchdown last week against the Dallas Cowboys and he made a few big plays against the Jets.

He started with a touchdown to 25-yard passing touchdown to Nelson Agholor — Bourne’s first pass of his career.

Later in the game, Jones connected with Bourne for a perfectly-executed deep ball that was mentioned previously. He finished the day with a passing touchdown and four catches for 68 yards.

WINNER: CB J.C. Jackson, S Kyle Dugger

J.C. Jackson recorded career interception No. 20 with an impressive takeaway while covering Corey Davis.

Kyle Dugger led the Patriots in tackles with nine and he also had an excellent interception.

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