4 changes the NY Jets must make including benching a defensive starter

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The NY Jets fell short at home against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3 losing by a final score of 27-12 that was every bit as lopsided as the score line indicates.

The Jets failed to score a single touchdown while their defense was the source of a get-right game for their opposition. While there's some sense of optimism surrounding the organization with Zach Wilson expected to return in Week 4, it's clear that changes need to be made.

Wilson doesn't fix the Jets. He's not even a guarantee to be an upgrade over Joe Flacco just yet. The Jets have serious issues plaguing their roster right now, but there are ways to fix them.

Let's take a look at four changes the Jets must make following yet another embarrassing blowout loss at home.

4. The NY Jets must fix their run/pass balance

If Joe Flacco were to start all 17 games for the Jets this season, he would be on pace to completely shatter the single-season passing attempt record in the NFL. That alone should raise some alarms in Florham Park.

Flacco is averaging over 50 (!!!) pass attempts per game (155 in total), throwing 59, 44, and 52 passes respectively in each of the Jets' first three games. It's hard to imagine that was the plan going into the season.

To put that number in perspective, only four quarterbacks in the league have even attempted 120 passes and only one other has surpassed 140. Flacco has 13 more attempts than any other QB in the NFL.

The Jets need to figure out a way to create a more balanced offensive game plan, especially with two more-than-capable running backs in Michael Carter and Breece Hall. There's no scenario where Zach Wilson should be averaging 50 pass attempts per game upon his return.