It was a rough Week 2 for the NY Jets, falling 30-10 to the Dallas Cowboys. After losing Aaron Rodgers in Week 1, the assumption was that any loss, let alone a loss by 20 points, would be mostly the fault of Zach Wilson.
That was not the case, and despite an ugly box score, Wilson was not the biggest problem the Jets had. Let’s take a look at the studs and duds from the Week 2 loss against the Cowboys.
Garrett Wilson: STUD
The good from this game was few and far between, but Garrett Wilson was a bright spot for the offense. He only had two catches for 83 yards but had the Jets' lone touchdown of the day and nearly had two others.
At the end of the first half, Zach Wilson had his arm hit on a would-be touchdown to Garrett Wilson, and later in the game, Garrett Wilson had his man beat for another almost touchdown. Wilson was the only bright spot for the Jets offense.
Michael Carter II: STUD
The defense was not much better in this game, but there were some good players. Michael Carter II and the three corners played well. Despite what some might think, Sauce Gardner played well, and so did D.J. Reed.
But Carter played specifically well, and after he left because of an elbow injury, the defense struggled. Carter was the second-highest-graded Jet per Pro Football Focus with an 83.3 defensive grade.
The Jets defense really missed Carter, and have to hope he will be good to go next week.
Offensive Line: DUD
As I mentioned, Zach Wilson was not the biggest problem the Jets had in this game. That was the offensive line. The offensive line allowed Zach Wilson to be pressured on 58.8 percent of his dropbacks; nobody would have been able to play well under those conditions.
Now it was against the Cowboys, who have a great pass rush, but it is not ideal. This offensive line will likely get another week together, but if they are bad again against the Patriots, something might have to change.
Start Joe Tippmann somewhere, move Alijah Vera-Tucker to offensive tackle, or sign La'el Collins. Something will have to change.
Dalvin Cook: DUD
Dalvin Cook on the Jets has not gone as well as many expected. In this game, Cook ran the ball four times for only seven yards and a costly fumble.
I know the Jets paid Cook a decent amount of money, but he should not be taking carries away from Breece Hall, who only received four in this game as well.
Against a worse defense, the running game could work better, and they could co-exist, but in this game, Hall needed to get more attempts.