NY Jets studs, duds following loss to the Patriots in Week 8

NY Jets, Zach Wilson
NY Jets, Zach Wilson / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The NY Jets' winning streak came to an end after a tough loss to the New England Patriots in Week 8. One week after losing two of their most important offensive players for the season, the Jets offense struggled massively.

Let’s take a look at some of the best and worst players from this week's game.

Tyler Conklin, TE, NY Jets - STUD

It was a lackluster game for the Jets offensively, but Tyler Conklin had a great performance. Conklin finished with six catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns. This was the type of game that Jets fans have been waiting to see from a tight end.

Conklin was the highest-graded Jets player per Pro Football Focus with a 91.5 grade.

Garrett Wilson, WR, NY Jets - STUD

One other offensive piece that played well was Garrett Wilson. Wilson finished with six catches for 115 yards and looked the part of the dynamic wide receiver the Jets drafted No. 10 overall.

With Elijah Moore not playing much and Breece Hall out for the season, the Jets are going to count on the tight ends and Garrett Wilson to be key pieces in the offense, and this week they were.

Zach Wilson, QB, NY Jets - DUD

To be blunt, the main reason the Jets lost this game was because of bad quarterback play. Zach Wilson simply held the Jets back from getting the win.

Wilson finished the game by completing 20-of-41 passes for 355 yards and two touchdowns. Statistically, that might not sound that bad, but adding in three inexcusable interceptions and other simple mistakes he should not be making at this point in his development makes it look a lot worse.

With the Jets' injuries on offense, Wilson is going to have to step up and start playing like the quarterback they drafted him to be. If he doesn’t, Joe Douglas might have to look for another option in the near future.

The rest of the team is ready to take flight while Zach Wilson hasn’t even boarded.


The Jets should have won this game. Sure, there are some things everyone could have done better, like third-down defense early in the game or offensive line play, but if Wilson plays well, the Jets win. It's that simple.

Robert Saleh has said they will not bench Wilson, so he has the rest of the season to prove he can be the guy. It remains to be seen if he will get any help at the trade deadline later today.

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The Jets will look to get back on track next week against the Buffalo Bills.