On Sunday, Zach Wilson and the NY Jets will travel to Pittsburgh to take on Mitch Trubisky and the Steelers. In Week 3, the Jets suffered a brutal loss to the former AFC Champions, the Cincinnati Bengals, in what was hopefully Joe Flacco's last game for a while.
This week marks a new beginning for the Jets, and it includes the return of arguably their most important player. Zach Wilson will be making his return to the field on Sunday.
In the first preseason game of the year, Wilson suffered a torn meniscus as well as a bone bruise on a non-contact injury. The Jets went 1-3 with Flacco at the helm to start the season, and the long-awaited return of Wilson will finally happen on Sunday.
Here are three keys for the Jets to beat the Steelers.
3. The NY Jets must shut Mitch Trubisky down
This should not be hard to do, at all. Mitch Trubisky took over as starting quarterback this season for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Trubisky hasn't quite been able to fill the shoes left by former quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Last week, Trubisky picked up just 207 yards, averaging 6.5 yards per attempt, and no touchdowns.
If there was ever a quarterback for the Jets defense to get back on track against, it's this one. Simply put, Trubisky just isn't a good quarterback. If the Jets come out on Sunday with a strong secondary performance, this could be a very winnable game for them.
The Steelers' offensive line has done mostly well, so this entirely falls on Trubisky. Although last week the Jets secondary got lit up pretty well. Thankfully, they won't be facing Joe Burrow and the Bengals' wide receivers again this week.
The Jets' main focus has to be on Diontae Johnson. Johnson is Trubisky's favorite target, and if he's locked down, this could be a big issue for Pittsburgh.
2. The NY Jets can't let Najee Harris get hot
If the Steelers' passing game gets stagnant, there's another major issue the Jets may face — the Steelers running back. Najee Harris is one of the best running backs in the league, and containing him should be the top priority for the Jets' defensive line.
Last week, Harris picked up only 56 yards on 15 attempts and one touchdown. Don't let these numbers fool you, however. Harris has some of the best evasive moves to get around defenders, and he could easily up those numbers this week.
Harris could be Pittsburgh's ace in the hole if Trubisky fails. The Jets' front seven must step up to control Harris and completely shut down the Steelers' offense. Taking down Trubisky should be the easy part. Najee Harris could be a whole other beast.
1. Return of the Zach (Wilson)
The day has finally come. After a difficult three weeks with Joe Flacco at the helm, the young gun quarterback returns this week. Zach Wilson, who was injured in Week 1 of the preseason, will make his return as he hopes to lead the Jets to their second victory in the early part of the new campaign.
This is an exciting time for Jets fans. With Wilson returning, we may finally get a taste of the new Wilson-to-Wilson connection. Garrett Wilson has been looking great on the field in recent games. The return of Zach Wilson could unleash a better version of Garrett Wilson.
Wilson's return will do a lot for morale on the team overall. From the Wilson-to-Wilson connection to Elijah Moore and Michael Carter, the Jets offense should look revitalized this week. We could even see this carry over to the defensive side of the ball.