Mac Jones hits Nelson Agholor for rare opening-drive Patriots score

MINNEAPOLIS — New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones came in for a shot in Thursday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

After the Patriots trailed 7-0 on the Vikings’ first drive, Jones snapped it up and quickly put together a 75-yard, 5-play scoring drive that was shot down the middle in a 34-yard shot to receiver Nelson Agholor culminated.

The Patriots had started this season as one of three teams without an opening drive touchdown (Jets and Panthers the others). It was also her first touchdown of the first quarter this season.

Jones’ pass covered 27 air yards, his deepest of the season and the second-deepest of his two-year NFL career.

Jones has had four 30-yard touchdown passes in his career now and Agholor has received two of them. Kendrick Bourne has the other two.

Jones was on target with his first pass on the points march — he opened with a tight 26-yard rainbow to receiver Jakobi Meyers on the first down. Jones had initially fiddled with the snap before picking it up and making the accurate throw.

The game could have been costly, however, as Meyers left the game through injury and headed to the dressing room for further evaluation. Mac Jones hits Nelson Agholor for rare opening-drive Patriots score

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