It was another ugly defeat for the NY Jets in primetime, falling 16-12 to the Las Vegas Raiders. After a promising offensive start saw the Jets score nine points in the first 20 minutes of the game (and it should have been 13 points), the offense failed to produce much the rest of the game.
Despite some relatively good days for some skill position players, it was a lackluster night for the offense as a whole. Below are the grades from the game.
Zach Wilson, QB, NY Jets
Only because I must grade Zach Wilson since he’s the quarterback, here is a quick synopsis of his night, which many others will cover in far greater detail.
Stats: 23-of-39, 263 yards, no touchdowns, one interception, one fumble (recovered). He also ran four times for 54 yards.
Looking at those stats, one would think it was a good game for Wilson, especially by his standards. However, the interception came at a critical time, as the Jets were driving late with a chance to take the lead.
On his signature play of the night, Wilson stepped out of bounds at the three-yard line, and the Jets would later only go backward and settle for a field goal. It was a game-changing play.
As always, it was much the same for Wilson. He once again flashed some brilliance, including four great runs, a really solid play-action deep cross to Garrett Wilson on the first drive, and a no-look beauty to Allen Lazard late in the game.
Unfortunately, he also threw a terrible interception, missed a handful of easy check-down throws, and struggled to make third-down plays.
There is a laundry list of other issues with this offense, but Wilson still fails to develop into a legitimate NFL quarterback on a play-by-play basis. The offense hasn’t scored a touchdown in 35 straight drives, they have the worst third-down and red-zone conversion rates, and Wilson fails to elevate anyone around him.
He’s thrown one singular touchdown in five games, and it was a two-yard dump-off to Breece Hall. His 2.1% touchdown rate is the lowest in NFL history among players with at least 900 career passes. It’s not all on the quarterback, obviously, but a lot of this is squarely on him.
Without a complete change of face, Wilson will get eight more games to prove himself this year.