Zach Wilson, QB, NY Jets
This was exactly the type of “game-managing” performance that the coaches and fans have always wanted out of Zach Wilson. When he performs like this, the defense is good enough to win games on their own.
Wilson finished 19-of-26 for 173 yards and one late interception. The 73% completion percentage was the highest of his career when attempting at least 25 passes, narrowly edging out the 72% from last week.
The interception thrown late was a bad break for Wilson, who was targeting Garrett Wilson down the field. Had it been completed, the game would have been over. Instead, the ball was poorly located and slipped through the hands of Garrett Wilson and was caught by Patrick Surtain II between his legs for the pick.
However, earlier that drive, Wilson made a critical third down play to Tyler Conklin that really proved how much better Wilson has played the last two weeks. On that play, Wilson read the field well, stepped up in the pocket, and delivered a strike to Conklin down the middle for 35 yards.
Coach Saleh was praising Wilson earlier this year for games where he took care of the ball and made the easy plays, such as the Buffalo or New England games. However, in those efforts, Wilson finished just 14-of-21 for 140 yards and 18-of-36 for 157 yards.
His effort against Denver, although not nearly as efficient or flashy as the Kansas City game, does display his growth this year. The Jets can legitimately win games with the version of Wilson. With slightly better red-zone performances, this team can score points and keep defenses honest.