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Zach Wilson, NY Jets falter, lose 15th straight to Patriots, 15-10

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The New York Jets’ 15th consecutive loss to the Patriots is one of their most heartbreaking yet

No offense … none taken, for the New York Jets.

The 15th time was far from the charm for the New York Jets, who once again fell to the hated New England Patriots. Their latest fall to the Pats was a 15-10 Sunday slog at MetLife Stadium one that saw the New York (1-2) muster only 171 yards of offense, overseen by Zach Wilson.

A matchup of quarterbacks struggling to find franchise clarity began on a predictable note, as offensive showcases were at a premium in the early going. Jones provided the necessary points for an early two-possession lead with a 58-yard tally to Pharoah Brown.

New York’s lone points of the opening half-hour came when they took advantage of a relatively short field, going 33 yards in 10 plays to set up a 52-yard field goal for Greg Zuerlein.

Special teams continued to take the field over the game’s next portions: the Patriots were able to set Chad Ryland up for consecutive triple attempts on back-to-back possessions and the rookie was able to hit the latter at the onset of the third to put New England back ahead by two scores.

Six straight punts followed that triple before the Jets finally broke through on a 13-play, 87-yard trek in the middle of the final frame. Nick Bawden earned the final yard for six, shortly after Allen Lazard kept the drive going with a 21-yard haul.

New England (1-2) was more than content to give the Jets opportunities to win. Even a safety earned via a Matt Judon sack of Wilson wasn’t their death knell, as they got the ball back for one more desperation drive in the final seconds. Wilson was able to find Garrett Wilson for 29 yards to place the Jets near midfield, but further progress ended with a desperation heave that allowed the Patriots to avoid their first 0-3 start since Bill Belichick’s debut year in 2000.

The road gets no easier for the Jets, who now face a nationally televised get-together with the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday night (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJags

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7 months ago

Any other QB in college would have won this game. I don’t want to hear that’s its the play calling or the offensive line sucks. Yes they are not optimal but the bottom line is Zach Wilson is not an NFL QB and the only reason he’s there is JD and Saleh are still trying to justify their pick. Good teams know how to cut their loses but JD and Saleh just seem to be in denial. I’ve been rooting for this team since the 60′ and am just fed up with myself for being sucked in again.