Getty New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson reacts after an NFL game.
Zach Wilson had a chance to be a hero for the New York Jets at the end of their contest against the Las Vegas Raiders.
However, he threw a game-winning interception with 1:22 left in the fourth quarter that marked the unofficial end of their comeback hopes.
After the game, head coach Robert Saleh was asked about Wilson’s performance on Sunday Night Football.
“I thought he did well, you know? Obviously he wants a few games back, I’m sure. I thought the linebacker made an incredible play on the interception. I thought he [Wilson] He moved well in the pocket and picked up some good yards with his legs. We converted third downs, I think at the best rate we’ve ever converted,” Saleh said.
“To give a comprehensive assessment of Zach, I think it would be fair to ask everyone around him to play a little better. Especially with the penalties, but overall I thought he did a good job.”
Wilson played solidly, but not well enough to overcome mistakes
For much of the Raiders game, Wilson appeared to be playing some of his best ball of the season.
He finished 23 of 39 for 263 passing yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Wilson also got his legs going with four runs for 54 yards.
Despite some of these positive signs, the Jets couldn’t finish the job when it mattered most. The Green and White entered Raiders territory on five occasions, but scored four field goals and the aforementioned turnover.
Saleh said it best after the game that you won’t win games like this.
ESPN’s Rich Cimini painted a detailed picture on X (formerly Twitter) after the game.
“[The] The Jets offense is in a bit of trouble right now. [They] have completed 36 consecutive offensive drives without a touchdown [touchdown] (Longest active streak in the NFL).”
Things get even worse. “[They have gone 49 consecutive offensive drives starting in their own territory without a TD (longest active streak in [the] NFL and second-longest of any team in the last 10 seasons – Bills made it 64 in a row during the 2018 season.)”
The #Jets offense is in a bit of a pickle right now:
* Completed 36 consecutive offensive drives without a touchdown (longest active streak in the NFL)
* Have completed 49 consecutive offensive drives, starting in their own territory, without a TD (longest active streak in the NFL and second longest after…)
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) November 13, 2023
This level of incompetence is frustrating.
The Jets’ defense only allowed one touchdown throughout the contest, and that point differential proved too great to overcome the 16-12 loss on Sunday, November 12th.
This is a developing story and we will provide new details as they become available.
Paul A. Esden Jr. covers the New York Jets for Heavy.com. The New York native is also the official PA voice of the Syracuse Strong Football Club and co-host of Cumulus Media’s morning show “The Manchild Show with Boy Green.” Prior to joining Heavy in 2021, Esden Jr. covered both national and New York City sports for FanSided, Elite Sports NY and The Score 1260. More about Paul A. Esden Jr.