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3 interesting stats from the NY Jets Week 12 win over the Texans

NY Jets, Zach Wilson
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NY Jets, Zach Wilson
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1. Zach Wilson's struggles in the short passing game

Zach Wilson was bad on Sunday. That isn't an indictment of his future nor a big-picture statement about how he might turn out, but it is an accurate summation of how he played.

Wilson was about as bad as any winning quarterback could be. This was despite the Jets' best efforts to keep things simple and get him in a rhythm early on.

But despite how much offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur may have tried, Wilson just couldn't execute even the simplest of assignments for most of the game. A closer look at his passing breakdown shows that.

Wilson finished the game 14-of-24 for 145 yards, a rushing touchdown, an interception, and a fumble. But it's not as if he was asked to push the ball downfield push at all. Far from it.

Half of Wilson's 24 pass attempts came on passes between 0-9 yards. And on those 12 passes, Wilson finished just 6-of-12 for 82 yards and an interception, per Pro Football Focus. Those six incompletions included multiple misfires to open receivers in the flats.

That type of efficiency (or lack thereof) from short range can't happen. Wilson has a knack for making the difficult throws look easy and the easy throws look hard.

But until he can figure out how to correct the latter issue, the former won't matter much.

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