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NY Jets: 3 keys to victory in Week 2 against the Patriots

NY Jets, Zach Wilson
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NY Jets, Zach Wilson
NY Jets, Zach Wilson, George Fant / Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

1. The NY Jets offensive line must give Zach Wilson time to throw

A big theme to this week's keys is the Jets coaching. From Mike LaFleur calling a better game for Zach Wilson and his offense to Jeff Ulbrich finding a way to pressure rookie Mac Jones into errant throws and mistakes to the team's most important aspect moving forward, it's offensive line.

Jets run-game coordinator and offensive line coach John Benton has to do a better job than he did a week ago getting his offensive linemen on the same page.

It's not only a pass-blocking issue either — the Jets' run blocking scheme and the lack of execution from players like Trevon Wesco and Ryan Griffin hindered the team greatly.

These players were not only beat physically, but it's as if they didn't know what their assignments were. They looked lost. That falls on coaching and poor preparation.

Ultimately, the focus of this Sunday will be how the Jets' offensive line responds to their poor performance from a week ago, particularly as the team moves forward without left tackle Mekhi Becton.

George Fant will be entrusted with protecting Zach Wilson's blindside while Morgan Moses steps in on the right side. The two well-paid veterans need to start earning their paychecks.

The Patriots run a hybrid defense, and they have versatile players who can line up in different spots, like Matthew Judon, Chase Winovich, and others.

New England likes to make it difficult for opposing offenses to identify where players are lining up or coming from. You can bet that the Patriots coaches are going to school on what troubled the Jets offense last week, and they will be looking to confuse their blocking schemes.

Jets center Connor McGovern has to do a better job of leading his teammates. That includes the struggling and inept Greg Van Roten and rookie Alijah Vera-Tucker.

The Jets will have no chance of winning at home versus New England if they continue to play as poorly as they did a week ago on their offensive line.

They gave their young quarterback no chance to succeed, and through some heroics, he did. But Wilson was lucky to finish the game in one piece.

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