Despite the NY Jets being met with a raucous crowd in their first regular-season home game in front of fans in over a year, Gang Green served up a dud as they fell to their AFC East rival New England Patriots 25-6 to fall to 0-2.
We take a look at a few quick takeaways from the team's Week 2 performance.
An awful day for Zach Wilson
There are rookie performances and then there is what Zach Wilson showed this afternoon. Not only did he finish the day throwing four interceptions, but it looked as though he had no idea what was going on and had no business being out there.
“I’ve got to do a better job executing, decision-making, and just being smart with the ball,” Wilson said after the game. “We’ve got to start better, I’ve got to start better. I’m going to take that this week. It’s on my shoulders and I’ve got to do better.”
While his second interception can fall more on the shoulders of wide receiver Corey Davis, the other three were throws where one has to wonder what the BYU alum was thinking as the ball left his hand.
Is it time for the NY Jets to worry about Zach Wilson?
Look, by no means is a performance like today acceptable from a guy who was taken second overall. But at the end of the day, it was his second-ever game as an NFL player so it has to be chalked up as a bad day and one that Wilson and co. will have to move on from ASAP.
“He’s got to pick himself up and just get ready for the next one,” head coach Robert Saleh said. “There’s just some fundamental things he’s got to understand with regards to obviously taking care of the ball and basic stuff.”
Bill Belichick has made a living off of making rookie quarterbacks look foolish so it is not like Wilson is living on an island. However, if the 22-year-old wants to change the culture surrounding his franchise, then days like this are going to have to be the exception, not the rule.
The Patronizing Patriots
With the loss, the Jets are now in the midst of an 11-game losing streak against the Patriots in which they have started seven different QBs. While the names and faces might change (and even the jerseys), one thing that is for certain is the Patriots own the Jets and have for years now.
“I just have to remember the situation that I’m in,” Wilson said. “I’m an important piece in this whole thing. You’ve gotta keep that swag and that mojo every single week.”
Ryan Fitzpatrick tossing a game-winning touchdown pass to Eric Decker in Week 16 of the 2015 season in overtime seems like eons ago and feels like the last time Gang Green was able to be happy about something that happened on the field.
While Wilson might not have seen ghosts, he was watching several blue jerseys catch his passes which is something that cannot happen going forward.