10/24/22 by Nick Antonakas
BOSTON – The ‘Return of the Mac’ seems imminent according to recent reports that Patriots starting quarterback Mac Jones will be making his return to action tonight against the Chicago Bears.
According to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe, “barring a setback,” Jones is expected to start for the Pats. Jones has been sidelined for New England’s last three games due to a high ankle sprain sustained against the Baltimore Ravens back on September 25th.
In his absence, rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe shifted into the Patriots starting role. Zappe impressed fans all around New England, winning both games he started and looking solid in his first game that he was unexpectedly put into when Brian Hoyer went down with a concussion. Over the three games he played, Zappe threw four touchdowns and only one interception, tallying just short of 600 passing yards.
Mac Jones on the other hand struggled at the start of the season before getting hurt. Jones went 1-2 over New England’s first three games, throwing only two touchdowns and a whopping five interceptions.
Jones’ inconsistent play to start the year along with Zappe’s great performance has led some fans to question whether or not Mac should start when healthy. Others blame Mac Jones’ early season struggles on the Patriots questionable play calling and the offensive line’s horrible play to start the year. Regardless of what side you’re on, tonight should serve as proving ground for Jones and company as they look to improve to 4-3 with the win. Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. EST.