Week 4: NY Jets QB Zach Wilson vs. Tennessee
There wasn't much hope going into the Tennessee Titans game. The offense was looking as bad as ever while Titans running back Derrick Henry was looking as dominant as ever.
Wilson and the Jets pass rush, however, put the teams on their backs and led Gang Green to victory.
Against the Titans, Wilson posted 297 yards, two touchdowns, an interception, and 21 completions on 34 attempts, culminating in a 97.3 passer rating.
Wilson made several incredible plays, including a 54-yard bomb to Keelan Cole after rolling out and a 29-yard pass to Jamison Crowder after fumbling the snap.
Neither throw, though, was as iconic as Wilson's 53-yard touchdown to former-Titan Corey Davis. Wilson rolled out, pointed Davis to go deep, and sent a perfectly thrown touch pass to give the Jets their first lead of the season.
The game was not perfect for the rookie, however. One play especially comes to mind when Wilson missed a wide-open Ryan Griffin for a game-sealing first down.
Instead, the throw fell incomplete and the Titans got the ball back and tied the game, bringing it to overtime.
Also, later in the game during the overtime period, Wilson took a third-down play-action bootleg himself at the goal line and lost several yards on the play, forcing the Jets to settle for a field goal.
While I would pin most of the blame on offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur for this play call, Wilson could have thrown the ball away or gotten past the defender.
Perhaps it would not be fair to ask that from Wilson, as A) the play was probably not designed with a throw-away option and B) Wilson is not Lamar Jackson. Still, he deserves some blame for such an important error.
All in all, though, this Titans game showed exactly what Jets fans were hoping out of Zach Wilson all along: big play ability.
This would be the best game of Wilson's first six weeks, as the then-winless Jets stunned the Titans, winning in overtime 27-24.
The week that followed was filled with optimism and excitement as the Jets faced a soft Atlanta opponent in London, which would be followed by a bye week and a Week 7 matchup against an unimpressive Patriots team.
More importantly, though, Wilson looked like the franchise quarterback, even if he had just one game to show for it.
But as Jets fans know all too well, the team is notorious for following up a big win against a good opponent with a bad loss against a weak opponent.
And Week 5 was no different.