Zach Wilson, NY Jets, NE Patriots
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Zach Wilson’s three interceptions place New York Jets in a first-half hole

The New York Jets trail the New England Patriots by a 13-3 score at halftime thanks in large part to rookie Zach Wilson‘s three interceptions.

The BYU product enters halftime just 3-7 for 45 yards and those three picks, the third much more horrendous than the others.

Interestingly, the Jets offensive line has played extremely well, and so has the defense. In a completely contrasting effort to what we saw in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers, the Jets are having to fight through Wilson’s poor performance as opposed to the reverse.

Jets Leaders

  • PASSING: Zach Wilson: 45 yards
  • RUSHING: Michael Carter: 33 yards
  • RECEIVING: Elijah Moore: 27 yards

Patriots Leaders

  • PASSING: Mac Jones: 142 yards
  • RUSHING: James White: 24 yards
  • RECEIVING: James White: 46 yards

Field of Screams

Everyone knew that Zach Wilson was going to go through some rookie growing pains, but that doesn’t make the eventual mistakes all the more difficult to bear, especially in his Garden State debut.

Victims on The Sopranos have had prettier introductions to New Jersey, as Wilson has thrown three passes to New England defenders, all of which could reasonably be put on him.

Wilson recovered in the second half of last week’s matchup in Carolina. He’ll have to do the same if the Jets are to pull off a Week 2 comeback.

Attack Mac

To counter, the Jets have made things likewise difficult for New England’s newcomer Mac Jones.

Gang Green is taking full advantage of the departed Trent Brown. Their pressure has undoubtedly been upped from last week and the team has done a solid job defending against Jones’ dink-and-dunk tendencies, limiting him to short attempts.

C.J. Mosley and Quincy Williams (making his first New York start) have done a solid job of pursuing and limiting yards after the catch. Marcus Maye, John Franklin-Myers and Sheldon Rankins have each earned sacks.

Rushin’ Dressing

The Jets’ have been able to keep pace in the game thanks to a solid run game. A Michael Carter, Tevin Colman and Ty Johnson triumvirate averaged 5.2 yards per carry, tallying 73 yards on 14 carries.

It’s an inspiring sign for a run game that has traditionally struggled and for an offense that is missing its anchor Mekhi Becton.

They still struggled in the red zone—forcing a Matt Ammendola field goal—but the Jets will take whatever offensive progress they can get.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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Geoff Magliocchetti is a veteran football writer with years of credentialed experience with the Jets and Giants. Email:
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