While rookie and veteran NFL quarterbacks from around the league struggled Sunday, there was one who didn’t; Mac Jones. The former Alabama quarterback got his first NFL win as a starter as the New England Patriots defeated the New York Jets, 25-6.

Jones was 22-30 for 186 yards. After Jones threw his first touchdown pass in the NFL last week in a loss to the Miami Dolphins, he did not want the ball because he was not pleased with his play and the play of his team. With this victory today, that’s likely to change.

Another Bama star who stepped up today for the Pats was running back Damien Harris, who had an amazing touchdown run to help the Pats to victory. Jones even helped Harris cross the goal line.

“My job was to make sure nothing bad happens and be by the ball,” Jones said. “Maybe I should just stay back,” Jones said with a chuckle.

Jones definitely proved he was the better rookie quarterback today over Zach Wilson, who was intercepted by the Pats 4 times. Meanwhile, Jones has yet to be intercepted in his first 2 games of the season. Bill Belichick has to be pleased by the pose and confidence shown by his rookie quarterback so far.

Jones isn’t flashy, but he does get the job done and that’s what the Pats and Belichick were looking for in a starter.