The NY Jets suffered a bad loss in Week 3, falling to the New England Patriots 15-10. This was an important game for the Jets to get back on track, and they lost despite multiple opportunities to win.
Let’s take a look at the studs and duds from this week.
Joe Tippmann, OL, NY Jets: STUD
Joe Tippmann made his NFL debut at right guard and played really well. Per Pro Football Focus, in 42 pass-blocking snaps, Tippmann did not give up a single pressure. The rookie also had a team-high 85.6 PFF pass-blocking grade.
The Jets' new-look offensive line still needs some time to grow together, but the three changes they made seemed to have helped. Alijah Vera-Tucker also had an impressive game at right tackle, only giving up one pressure in 42 pass-blocking snaps.
The Jets' defense has been the subject of debate early this season. They came in with huge expectations, and after giving up 30 points to the Cowboys, they have gotten some criticism.
This week, the Patriots did have a lot of yards (358), and they did have too much success on third downs (9-18), but at the end of the day, they only gave up 13 points. The only touchdown was the result of a busted coverage.
You would want to see more sacks and turnovers from a defense like this, but either way, they gave the offense more than enough chances to win the game.
Zach Wilson, QB, NY Jets: DUD
Last week, I defended Zach Wilson, saying he was not the reason the Jets lost to the Cowboys. Despite an awful offensive line performance, he still looked more comfortable in the pocket, kept his eyes downfield, made some nice throws, and took off and ran when he needed to.
This week, however, this was not the case. He looked like the Zach Wilson from the past two years again, and it was not pretty.
No, the play calling wasn’t great, and the offensive line still allowed a decent amount of pressure, but this was a winnable game, and Wilson could not get the job done.
The Jets need more from Wilson, and after adding Trevor Siemian, next week against the Chiefs might be one of Wilson’s last opportunities to be the Jets quarterback.
The coaching staff also deserves blame for this loss. From a very predictable offensive game plan to bad personnel decisions, there was a lot wrong in this game.
On the offensive side, it still does not make much sense why Jeremy Ruckert and Mecole Hardman do not see the field. They had three combined snaps in this game.
There needs to be more offensive creativity, and if they want to run the ball, their best blocking tight end, Ruckert, should be on the field.
On the defensive side, Bryce Huff, Will McDonald, or maybe even both, need to play more. The Jets and their unit of pass rushers that were talked so highly about did not record a sack in this game and only had 16 total pressures, compared to the Patriots, who had 33. Huff had three of those himself in just 12 pass-rushing snaps.
Right now, it does not feel like the Jets are utilizing their roster to the fullest.