Zach Wilson, NY Jets
Zach Wilson, NY Jets, New England Patriots, Getty Images

Though many things have changed amongst the Jets in this hopeful year, they couldn’t break their dire streak against the Patriots

The more things change for both the New York Jets and New England Patriots, the more they, alas for the former, stay the same.

Former Jets kicker Nick Folk was the literal scoring difference while current green quarterback Zach Wilson was forced into three interceptions, allowing the New England Patriots to earn their 13th consecutive victory in the long-standing AFC East matchup by a 22-17 final at MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

After the team exchanged field goals in the early stages of the first half, New York seemed well on pace to end its bad fortune against the Patriots in the early going: they responded to Folk’s first field goal with an eight-yard hook-up between Zach Wilson and Tyler Conklin.

An opportunity to build on the lead lingered when Michael Carter II intercepted Mac Jones pass intended for Kendrick Bourne, one caused by pressure from Bryce Huff. Alas, only a three-and-out awaited on the other side, though they maintained a 10-3 lead.

Undeterred, the Jets made a huge stop on fourth down on the Patriots’ next possession, stopping them at the cusp of the red zone. The Jets didn’t capitalize, though, as Wilson’s floater over the hands of Ty Johnson instead went to Ja’Whaun Bentley. Carter nearly had a second interception go the distance, but his pick-six was erased by a roughing the passer call charged to John Franklin-Myers. New England earned another Folk field goal when all was said and done, creating a 10-6 halftime ledger.

Perhaps energized by the second wind that Franklin-Myers’ folly created, the Patriots when 62 yards on six plays and less than three minutes, as Mac Jones found Jakobi Meyers for a five-yard tally, this one ironically coming on fourth down that permanently gave the Patriots the lead.

Folk field goals accounted for the remainder of the Patriots’ points, their stagnant offense negated by more Wilson miscues. Familiar foe Devin McCourty had two interceptions after Greg Zuerlein missed a 45-yard triple, more or less ending the Jets’ realistic chances at victory.

In a classic case of too little, too late that has defined the Jets’ fortunes against their supposed rivals, Conklin earned one more touchdown from nine yards out, creating a gentler final score though their chances at victory officially ended when they failed to recover the ensuing onside kick.

The Jets will look to get back in the win column when the division-leading Buffalo Bills come to visit next Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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11 months ago

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11 months ago

Zach might be the worst we have ever drafted early, that has started and been given time to improve in my lifetime. Sanchez while bad, Geno and even Sam were all much better and two of them were in vastly worse situations. Zach just isnt an NFL QB.

Richard Hausig
Richard Hausig
11 months ago

The JFM penalty was a killer and a terrible call, bad luck. The rest speaks for itself but let’s blame Laflaur! Every other player on the roster is improving each week, obviously it’s his fault that #2 is well, #2.