DUD: Zach Wilson, QB, NY Jets
Let's call a spade a spade — Zach Wilson was really bad on Sunday. Wilson finished 14-of-24 for 145 yards, a rushing touchdown, an interception, and a fumble and looked wholly incompetent for much of the game.
The fact that the Jets were still able to score 21 points is a testament to the offensive gameplan of offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur (more on that in a moment).
Sure, Wilson avoided a complete meltdown and settled down at points in the second half. But the Jets won entirely in spite of their rookie quarterback on Sunday.
Of course, this isn't a big-picture statement. Perspective is important when it comes to analyzing Wilson's performances.
But it's hard to argue that Wilson wasn't the worst player on the field for the Jets this week. That's just the reality of the situation.
STUD: Mike LaFleur, OC, NY Jets
Offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur did everything in his power to gameplan around his struggling quarterback on Sunday. He kept the ball on the ground, tried to give Wilson as many easy throws as possible.
And when all else failed, he dived into his bag of tricks and pressed all the right buttons. Whether it was the Josh Johnson two-point conversion or the Elijah Moore 4th-and-1 end around, LaFleur coached circles around the Texans defensive staff this week.
Again, it should be considered a miracle that the Jets scored 21 points and won this game with the quarterback play they received.
Give LaFleur a ton of credit for this win. He earned it more than most.