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Zach Wilson starts hot, Jets trail Eagles at halftime, 24-18 (Highlights)

Braxton Berrios, Elijah Moore, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles
Braxton Berrios, Elijah Moore, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Getty Images

A shootout has broken out between New York and Philadelphia, but the Knicks and Sixers are mere observers

Less than 24 hours after Baylor won the conference, a Big 12 contest has apparently broken out at MetLife Stadium.

The New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles are currently engaged in an offensive shootout during their interconference get-together on Sunday in East Rutherford, uniting for 418 yards of offense and six touchdowns.

Missed extra points have provided the difference, however, as Philadelphia holds a 24-18 lead going in the halftime locker room.

Jets Leaders

PASSING: Zach Wilson (12 of 14, 108 yards, 2 TD)
Tevin Coleman (8 carries, 45 yards)
Elijah Moore (4 rec, 44 yards, 1 TD)

Eagles Leaders

PASSING: Gardner Minshew (14 of 15, 188 yards, 2 TD)
Miles Sanders (10 carries, 43 yards)
Dallas Goedert (5 rec. 98 yards, 2 TD)

I’m thinking I’m Zach

Those who are willing to end Zach Wilson’s career after six games better give the New York rookie his due after a strong offensive showcase in the first half.

Making his first MetLife Stadium appearance since the Oct. 3 upset triumph over Tennessee, Wilson has been responsible for each of the Jets’ 18 points over the first 30 minutes.

Having entered Sunday’s game with no first-half touchdown throws, he left with two thanks to the hauls of Elijah Moore and Ryan Griffin. Wilson would sandwich his aerial heroics with a one-yard punch-in on the ground. Alas for New York …

Kicked Out

The Jets have, alas, kept an uncherished holiday tradition alive: pondering their kicking situation.

Alex Kessman’s appeal was that he was capable of hitting from deep, as his 66.7 percentage from at least 50 yards out at Pittsburgh is the best such mark in NCAA history. Alas, extra points proved to be a problem for Kessman, as he missed each of his single-point tries.

Those misses, plus the Jets’ extremely understandable two-point attempt after their most recent touchdown, have proven to be the difference in this game.

Kessman is the seventh kicker the Jets have used in a regular-season game after Pro Bowler Jason Myers absconded to Seattle after the 2018 season. What this new chapter of kicking drama has done is bestow even more of an offensive burden on Wilson and a developing offense.

Trending Downward

The Jets’ defense, particularly their pass-rushing, enjoyed a resurgent weekend in Houston to the tune of five Tyrod Taylor takedowns. Alas, it appears that the momentum was left behind in the Lone Star State.

New York has allowed Minshew mania to run wild again, failing to get pressure on a quarterback making his first start of the season. Elijah Riley, the Jets’ well-respected West Point import, has the only sack (that accumulated no lost yardage) and they’ve allowed the tight end Goedert to run wild.

Alas for the Jets, they’re on pace to give up their second 500-yard game of the season. They’ll need to tighten up the pace to complement Wilson and the evolving offense.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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