NY Jets: Zach Wilson and the offense struggle in first half

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The NY Jets' 2021 season probably couldn't have gotten off to a worse start. Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson and the offense limped out of the starting gate and put together a dismal first half.

Wilson finished the first half of his NFL debut 6-of-16 for 84 yards and a touchdown. The interception came in the second quarter when linebacker Shaq Thompson undercut an errant Wilson throw.

The Jets finished the half with just 82 yards of offense. The offensive line was regularly beaten down by an exciting Carolina Panthers pass rush with George Fant having a particularly tough time.

To make matters worse, the Jets then had to watch Sam Darnold and the Panthers put together a strong second quarter scoring 16 unanswered points.

The highlight was a 57-yard touchdown to Robby Anderson where the speedy wideout burnt past backup safety Sheldrick Redwine.

The first half was tough for Zach Wilson and the NY Jets

The Jets look like virtually the same team that took the field last year so far. The offensive line is a trainwreck. The offense can't get anything going because their quarterback has no time to throw the ball. And as a result, they've become one-dimensional.

On defense, the Jets haven't been able to get any pressure on Darnold despite a weak Panthers offensive line, at least on paper.

Things need to turn around in the second half, and they need to do so quickly. Otherwise, the Jets will limp to another lowly loss in Week 1.

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Not an ideal start to the Zach Wilson and Robert Saleh era for Gang Green.