NY Jets Winner: Zach Wilson
The Jets' success rested on Zach Wilson in Week 1. In the first half, Wilson struggled to a tune of 6-for-16 in the air with an interception and zero offensive points scored. But in the second half, it was a different story.
Wilson finished 14-of-21 for 174 yards, two touchdowns, and no turnovers in the second half as the Jets outscored their opponents 14-3. All things considered, this was an excellent debut for the rookie.
Wilson was pressured on a whopping 40 percent of his dropbacks. He was sacked six times and hit a total of 11 times. Most of the pressure came from simple four-man fronts too with the Jets' offensive line struggling to contain a talented Panthers front-seven.
But Wilson did his part. As long as the Jets could keep him upright, the future does, indeed, look bright for the former BYU star.
NY Jets Loser: The offensive line
About that offensive line, though. Man, that was rough. The Jets' offensive line was abused by a Panthers pass rush that started off hot and never slowed down.
In the first half, it was George Fant who got victimized the most, although really every player had their moments of ineptitude.
Mekhi Becton allowed a sack before exiting in the third quarter. Alijah Vera-Tucker was dropped on his back by Haason Reddick in a welcome-to-the-NFL moment. Connor McGovern and Greg Van Roten struggled to react to stunts all game long.
This was bad — really bad. If the Jets are going to have any hope of offensive success, the pass protection must be much, much better.