Week 5: NY Jets QB Zach Wilson vs. Atlanta in London
In a season full of ups and downs, Week 5 felt like a huge letdown.
The team looked great against the Titans. Ryan Tannehill was sacked a whopping seven times and faced pressure on basically every other snap as the Jets dominated the trenches.
Derrick Henry, the league's undisputed best back, barely topped four yards per carry if you remove his long of the day, which was only 22 yards, an impressive feat in and of itself for the Jets' run defense.
Offensively, the line blocked well and the receivers collectively had their best games of the year at that point, as three different wideouts posted over 60 yards.
Most importantly, though, Zach Wilson displayed signs of brilliance as he sliced through the Titans secondary with big throw after big throw.
Unfortunately, the Jets were beaten in Week 5 by a weak Atlanta team that was rarely tested by the Jets' offense or defense until late in the game.
The Jets' defense could not get off the field as they forced virtually no pressure on Matt Ryan, who posted a great 109.7 rating.
Wilson saw just as little success as the Jets' defense — the rookie posted a 19-of-32 stat line with an interception, making it his third game in just five weeks without a touchdown.
This game felt similar to the Broncos game, however, for Wilson. The offensive line performed poorly and the playcalling from LaFleur was questionable at best. The run game never got going and the defense could not get off the field.
Still, Wilson had a few mistakes of his own. Other than a few inaccurate short throws, he missed a streaking Corey Davis who had beat his man for a would-be touchdown.
Plus, Wilson's interception came when he stared down an already well-covered Keelan Cole before throwing a floater that was easily jumped by a Falcons safety.
Overall, though, this game was not on Wilson. He could have easily had two touchdowns on his stat line if the Jets had passed rather than run on two goal-line touchdowns. It was the Jets' defense that could not make the big stops.
At this point, the jury was still out on Wilson. He proved capable of making splashy plays like he did in minor ways against Carolina and Atlanta and in major ways against the Titans. The rookie also showed poise, as he mounted comebacks against Carolina and Atlanta.
At Carolina, Wilson turned a 16-0 blowout into a 19-14 nail-biter with some second-half heroics. The rookie also showed poise, as he mounted comebacks against Carolina and Atlanta.
At the same time, though, throughout his first five games, Wilson displayed sometimes questionable decision-making and constantly struggled with short throws that an NFL quarterback needs to be able to make.
It was unclear what was ahead for the former BYU Cougar after a tumultuous start to his career. NY Jets fans were hoping their many questions would be answered in Foxborough following the bye.
Rather than answers, however, fans were dealt with disaster: a knee injury to their franchise quarterback.