After a string of disappointing games from Zach Wilson, the New York Jets quarterback put up an impressive performance in a 23-20 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.
Zach Wilson’s Stats Show Improvement From Early Season
In Week 2, Wilson threw for 170 yards, a touchdown, and three interceptions in a 30-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. With rough performances through three weeks as the backup took the place of an injured QB Aaron Rodgers, fans had reason to believe that the former BYU Cougar may be benched soon.
In New York’s 15-10 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 3, Wilson completed 18 of 36 pass attempts for 157 yards and no touchdowns. Postgame, head coach Robert Saleh said he still believed Wilson was the one who gave the team the best chance to win.
This seemed like a bold statement a week ago, but Wilson has proved himself this week. Against the Chiefs, Wilson had what was by far his best performance so far this season, as he racked up 245 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes put up 135 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
Wilson turned it on and led the way for a Jets comeback after the Chiefs started with a 17-0 lead. After a safety and field goal put points on the board, he connected with TE C.J. Uzomah in the end zone for the team’s first touchdown.
On the ensuing Jets possession, Wilson threw a dart to WR Allen Lazard and rushed for a two-point conversion to tie the game at 20-20.
Ok. Zach Wilson is actually dealing right now.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) October 2, 2023
A catastrophic fumble by Wilson put the game back in the hands of the Chiefs, who would go on to take the win, but the mistake shouldn’t overshadow Wilson’s improved performance and development this week.
The quarterback is no stranger to having solid performances. In his final college football appearance with BYU in 2020, Wilson threw for 425 yards and three touchdowns, totaling 3,692 yards and 33 touchdowns.
Time will tell if Wilson will be able to continue to play at this level, but it looks like the Jets’ quarterback has earned his place on the field and won’t be seeing the bench any time soon. If he can keep it up, the Jets may be able to improve from their 1-3 start to the season.