Playing the Titans brings out the best in Patriots DE Chandler Jones

New England defensive end Chandler Jones' strip sack of Marcus Mariota led to a defensive touchdown for the Patriots on Sunday, AP Photo/Charles Krupa

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots are steamrolling the Tennessee Titans 24-3 at halftime Sunday, and defensive end Chandler Jones provided a deja vu type of moment with a strip sack that was returned for a touchdown early in the second quarter.

Jones used his long arm reach on a speed rush against left tackle Taylor Lewan to knock the ball out of the grasp of quarterback Marcus Mariota, with fellow defensive lineman Akiem Hicks pouncing on it in the end zone for a touchdown.

One could say there is something about playing the Titans that brings out the best in Jones. His rookie debut in 2012 came against Tennessee and he also had a strip sack that was returned for a touchdown that day.

Overall, the Patriots' defense has been on its game Sunday, with safety Patrick Chung delivering another highlight with a fourth-down stop to turn the ball over back to the offense. Meanwhile, the offense has moved the ball with relative ease, as rookie running back Joey Iosefa's steamrolling run over Titans defensive back Coty Sensabaugh in the second quarter should find its way on to the highlight reel as well.

The Patriots get the ball to start the second half.