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Zach Wilson gets spooked by Patriots defense

Written by Tony Ghaul

New York Jets QB Zach Wilson threw for 355 yards, but the Patriots’ defense made life hard for him throughout the game as he completed less than 50 percent of his passes (20-for-41). Not only did they do that, they also intercepted him three times as the second-year QB looked lost.

Wilson threw no interceptions in the previous three games, but also did not throw a touchdown passs. His meltdown on Sunday, which included one interception when Wilson was trying to throw the ball away, and another when he was pressing to try to make a play. It came in the biggest game of the Jets’ season so far, against a hated rival, with a chance to make a leap not just in the standings, but in the psychological warfare with the Patriots.

Jets QB Zach Wilson throws a pass during the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Photo courtsey of Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

Wilson admitted that it is frustrating for him to get flushed from the pocket, where he also made some of his best passes of the day, and to constantly have to throw it away. It gets old, he said, to not see anything open in those situations.

Wilson was the second overall pick last year because the Jets believed he was talented enough to handle adversity and elevate the Jets past it, to be the solution to the problems. Instead, Wilson was the problem, and it is one that there might not be an easy answer for. The Jets have time before they have to decide if Wilson is the long-term solution at quarterback.

The Jets fell to 5-3 and the Patriots moved to 4-4. They have another big AFC East game next week against the Buffalo Bills.

Jets QB Zach Wilson looks to throw during the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Patriots on Oct. 30, 2022. Photo courtsey of Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

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