The NY Jets almost pulled off the 17-point comeback on Sunday night to shock the NFL world but fell just short late in the fourth quarter.
It took an unbelievable effort from Zach Wilson and the Jets' offense in the second and third quarters to spark the comeback. Wilson played by far his best game of the season, and his ability to spread the ball around created quite a few solid performances from his teammates.
Below are six offensive grades for the Jets' offensive players from Sunday night's 23-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, starting with Zach Wilson himself.
Zach Wilson, QB, NY Jets
It was an almost perfect night for Wilson, who proved his doubters across the NFL world wrong, myself included.
Wilson flashed every single ability he was drafted for back in 2021, including incredible arm strength and touch, as well as an athletic ability to escape the pocket and create plays down the field.
He finished 28/39 for 245 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also finished with two carries for 14 yards and an additional carry that went for two yards and a successful two-point conversion.
After a slow start, Wilson was just 2-of-5 for 12 yards and led the Jets on two short drives that both resulted in punts. The Chiefs were already up 17-0 before Wilson got the ball the third time, and even then, the team was forced to punt.
However, once the second quarter rolled around, Wilson found a groove that we've arguably never seen before. Following a safety as a result of a Chiefs penalty in the red zone, Wilson led the Jets on a 62-yard drive that ended in a field goal, as well as a 41-yard drive that ended in a touchdown. Wilson also led the Jets down the field a third time, but the Jets missed a field goal right before the half.
Wilson's drive out of half-time inspired confidence in fans, teammates, and coaches. He was 5-of-5 for 75 yards, including a laser of a throw to Allen Lazard for a touchdown. He then scampered two yards in for the two-point conversion right after, topped off by a dive and a ball spin.
However, Wilson made one crucial mistake. With the Jets driving down 23-20 late midway through the fourth, Wilson dropped a shotgun snap that was recovered by Kansas City. He would never get the ball back.
With his career on the line, Wilson answered the call, delivered the best performance of his career, and nearly beat the defending Super Bowl champions. If he plays at this level for the rest of the season, there is no reason the Jets cannot win games.
If nothing else, he bought himself a couple of more starts.