Zach Wilson impressed off-schedule, while the New York Jets defense executed in a fundamentally sound fashion
The New York Jets entered Week 4 of the NFL season in desperate need of what many pundits thought was an improbable victory against the Tennessee Titans.
Early in the game, it seemed like we were watching a repeat of the first three weeks of the season. The offense was struggling on the ground, Zach Wilson couldn’t get much going through the air, and wide receivers were falling during routes.
The defense was not “breaking,” but it was severely bending. Situational football lacked in the early going, as Jeff Ulbrich’s unit allowed a third-and-21 conversion on a screen pass. Later, the unit found itself bailed out after a snap sailed over Ryan Tannehill’s head on third and 1.
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Suddenly, however, things began to change around the midpoint of the second quarter.
The defense started to rack up sacks and pressure. The names getting to Tannehill and owning the trenches up front were many: Quincy Williams, Sheldon Rankins, Quinnen Williams, John Franklin-Myers, C.J. Mosley and even Bryce Hall.
On the back-end, the linebackers were all over the field, making plays both in the backfield and in coverage. Additionally, most of the corners continued their impressive string of excellent performances, specifically Hall, who is proving to be a legitimately very good starting level corner.
With all of that coming as a positive, there is one player the Jets (and their fans) wish to play well above all else: Mr. Zach Wilson. And he did just that by throwing for 297 yards and two touchdowns to just one interception on 21 of 34 passing.
To be fair, Wilson took some lumps in this game. He missed some easy throws, one to ice the game to Corey Davis on third down, and another miss on an easy flat dump-off to Ryan Griffin that would have walked it off in overtime.
Minus a few lumps, however, Wilson had his best overall game, showing exactly why the Jets drafted him. He made plays on the move while chucking multiple deep balls 55-plus yards in the air for massive completions. Better yet, the kid was more decisive when checking down (much quicker in all areas).
Blewett’s Blitz breaks down the entirety of the New York Jets’ 27-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans (a three-plus-hour film reviewer for Jets X-Factor members is below).