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Head Coach Robert Saleh asked rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, “are you having fun yet” as he was coming back to the sideline after a 75 yard drive that ended in a Michael Carter touchdown. It brought the score to 9-7 late in the second quarter, after they looked dead in the water during the beginning of the game. Finally in the last seconds of OT, the Titans had one last chance to end the game in a tie. Former Jet Randy Bullock attempted a 49 yard field goal to do so, and he missed it wide left. The New York Jets get their first win in a thrilling fashion.
It was mayhem at MetLife stadium, the fans were excited and the head coach got a Gatorade bath. But the party wasn’t done, the team celebrated in the locker room with the coach giving the game ball to his rookie quarterback. “The kid was outstanding,” Saleh said and he certainly was. Completing 21 of 34 passes for 297 yards, two touchdowns, and only one interception. Not to mention a QBR rating of 129.36 in the second half alone!
The statistics alone don’t serve enough to describe the game that Zach Wilson had yesterday, the kid had his official welcome to the NFL game. The way he took command in the huddle and making plays that he made at BYU, showed us fans why he was the 2nd overall pick in the draft.
When the Jets needed a spark, Wilson delivered starting with a 54 yard dime to Keelan Cole on the second drive in the 3rd quarter that set up a Matt Amendola field goal to give the Jets the lead. After the Titans regained the lead, Wilson and company led a four play 77 yard drive to tie the game. He threw a beautiful pass to Jamison Crowder that got to the Titans 5 yard line. Then Wilson found his favorite Corey Davis on another dime, where Wilson had to scramble around then direct Davis to the end zone.
As much as exciting the offense was, the defense definitely had a fun day as well. Racking up 7 sacks against the Titans offensive line especially when they were on the field for majority of the game was just enough to help seal the victory. John Franklin-Myers, Quinnen Williams, CJ Mosley, and Quincy Williams all accounted for a sack.
This win was special for us Jets fans for this reason, we finally saw what Robert Saleh and the coaching staff saw during practice. For weeks, all we hear is that “they had a good week of practice” but it never translated on Sundays until yesterday. But this could also mean the beginning of something special for this team.