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Penalties and self-inflicted mistakes could sink Patriots' 2022 season

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It’s worth noting that just a month ago we were in the midst of a contrived and idiotic "quarterback controversy" here in New England.

So the good news on this Black Friday is that Mac Jones drove a stake through the heart of the Legion of Zappidians. Is Mac the Second Coming, the quarterback for now, the future and forever and ever? Cmon. Let’s just say he is (and has been) the least of the Patriots concerns.

But guess what’s back? Back again? Late-season peekaboo defense.

After seeing mostly Double and Triple A pitching for most of the season, the Patriots went to bat against a wily and capable No.