The New York Jets suffered a lopsided 32-6 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday as they struggled to find much success on either side of the ball. Quarterback Zach Wilson’s rough night was prominent in the performance.
Robert Saleh Unable To Explain Zach Wilson’s Struggles
Wilson’s rough 2023 season continued to get rougher on Sunday as his struggles were a big part of the Jets’ offensive woes. The third-year QB went 7 of 15 for just 81 yards, one touchdown, and one interception while taking five sacks on the day.
He was benched late in the third quarter of the game in favor of backup Tim Boyle, who fared similarly in going 7 of 14 for 33 yards and one interception.
It was an anemic day for the Jets offense in general, as standout running back Breece Hall had just 10 carries for 23 yards while also catching five passes for 50 yards and New York’s lone touchdown.
Garrett Wilson and Xavier Gipson combined for three catches and 16 yards as the only two Jets wide receivers to record a reception, none of which came from Wilson.
Jets head coach Robert Saleh was at a loss for words when asked how Wilson could not have a single completion to a wide receiver on the day.
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“I don’t have an answer for that,” Saleh told reporters. “Obviously, we’ll go back and watch all the tape, but like I said, whether it’s separation, being more decisive, protecting — none of it was good enough.”
Saleh said he made the decision to pull Wilson in hopes that it might spark the offense. He also told reporters a decision on New York’s starting quarterback for next week’s game will be made on Monday.
Wilson Frustrated by Benching
Wilson told reporters he was frustrated with being benched but understood it given the offense’s struggles.
“Frustrated, but I get it,” Wilson said. “Got to score, got to be in games. When it’s consecutive weeks of just doing nothing on offense — you could sit here and say last week we moved the ball, but we’re not scoring. Essentially, it comes down to you got to score points. When things aren’t getting done, change has got to be made, and I understand that.”
The 2023 season has been a struggle for Wilson since being thrust into the starting quarterback role when Aaron Rodgers went down with an injury on the first series of the season opener.
Wilson has gone a combined 190 of 321 (59.2%) for 1,944 yards, six touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He has thrown for multiple TDs just once during a 23-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3.
New York has now lost three games in a row, including two by margins of three scores or more to the Bills and Los Angeles Chargers. That stretch of struggles comes on the heels of Wilson helping New York earn three straight wins over the Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants.
The Jets now sit at 4-6 and have an uphill climb ahead to work their way into a playoff spot. Wilson may not be the man to lead the way toward that endeavor moving forward.