NY Jets: 4 key storylines to follow after an 0-2 start

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It’s challenging to ask NY Jets fans who haven’t won in 10 years to buy into the future.

Gang Green fans have been told that the 2021 season is less about wins and losses and more about the learning curve of their young QB and hoping that he improves each week.

But unfortunately, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon with fans waiting two years to party again in the MetLife Stadium parking lot, Zach Wilson took a step backward, falling flat against the New England Patriots, 25-6.

Everyone knew the Patriots would win. Bill Belichick, the greatest coach of the modern era, relishes burying his former employers. It was a division rival the Jets hadn’t beat in six years. But even so, this was a non-competitive matchup.

New England befuddled young Zach Wilson in every way possible. But it was the scheme they expected — man coverage with an occasional Cover 2. Mac Jones managed a short, controlled passing game; classic New England offense: dump-offs and check downs.

The Jets started six rookies — and their experienced opponents took advantage of rookie mistakes and self-inflicted wounds.

Based on the numbers, the Jets should have stood a chance. They statistically dominated in first downs, total plays, passing yards, rushing yards, time of possession — and turnovers.

Here are four emerging trends to consider as this season hits full steam.