After having a shaky start to the 2021 NFL season, the revamped New England Patriots have already turned things around by winning three straight games heading to Week 10. With a 5-4 record, Bill Belichick and his men continue to be in the hunt for a playoff spot in the AFC and are only a game behind the division-leading Buffalo Bills.

Certainly enough, all eyes will be set on rookie QB Mac Jones who has already been putting up impressive outings in just his first year in the league. High expectations will surely be set on him as he tries to carry the team on his back in their bid to secure a playoff spot. However, the Alabama product can’t do it alone as he will also need some of his teammates to step up and shoulder the load on both ends of the field.

All of that being said, here is New England’s X-Factor for the remainder of the 2021 NFL season.

Patriots X-Factor

Without a doubt, cornerback J.C. Jackson has already proven that he is one of the best young ballhawks in the league today.