The NY Jets have won a football game. After a dismal 0-3 start to the 2021 season, the Jets have earned their first victory of the year.
It doesn't matter that it took a Randy Bullock missed field goal to do it. It doesn't matter that the Titans were without a number of their best players including their top two receivers. It doesn't matter that there were plenty of bumps along the way.
The Jets won. The fan base rejoiced. And for the first time in what might legitimately be years, Jets fans left MetLife Stadium with a smile on their faces.
Prior to this game, it had been nearly two years since the Jets fan base was universally happy about a victory. Safe to say, that unholy streak came to an end on a sunny October day in East Rutherford, NJ.
Zach Wilson and the defense led the NY Jets to victory
This was a team win in every sense of the term. The defense played lights out for most of the game, and it's hard to pinpoint just one or two players that made a difference.
Quinnen Williams, Quincy Williams, John Franklin-Myers, C.J. Mosley, Bryce Hall, Bryce Huff, Isaiah Dunn, and Folorunso Fatukasi are just a few of the players that shined for the defense on Sunday.
They held the Titans to 5-of-19 on third down as the bend-but-don't-break mantra of the defense was on full display. And with the Jets offense struggling for most of the first half, it was the defense that kept them in the game, to begin with.
Then, Zach Wilson took over.
Wilson showed flashes of what made him the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft loading up for two 50-plus-yard bombs to Keelan Cole and Corey Davis.
The 53-yarder to Davis was one of the most explosive, exciting plays the Jets have seen in years. You could argue it was the best throw a Jets quarterback has made in decades.
Wilson rolled to his right off a bootleg, directed Davis downfield, stopped, and fired an absolute dime 60 yards down the field to his No. 1 receiver.
Wilson finished 21-of-34 for 297 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He had a QB rating of 97.3 It was the best game of his brief NFL career and his official coming-out party.
Jets fans have waited quite literally years for a victory to feel like this again. Zach Wilson has arrived. Robert Saleh has his first win. And optimism has returned to Florham Park.
London, here we come.