Two weeks after being benched for Tim Boyle and subsequently Trevor Siemian, the New York Jets place QB Zach Wilson in the pilot seat for their Week 14 matchup against the Houston Texans. The former second overall pick I the 2021 NFL Draft has been ineffective at QB throughout his young season. SB Nation broke down Wilson’s demotion to the bench several weeks ago:
Zach Wilson is the bad habit Robert Saleh can’t quit. The mistake he refuses to admit. An endless font of hope that somehow, against the odds, he’ll materialize into a franchise quarterback. On Sunday afternoon Saleh finally pulled the plug on his three year experiment, as Wilson managed to break the one person who was left to believe in him.
If you recall, Wilson was supplanted by future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers to begin the season before the veteran QB tore his achilles. There were rumors Rodgers would be available for this game, but it doesn’t appear the miraculous recovery seen via social media will culminate in a return to the field this Sunday.
Wilson is 3-6 this season as the starting QB. His arm talent and decision making are the two biggest pieces that have not developed. He can make any throw on the field, but from an efficiency and consistency standpoint he doesn’t hold up to the level an NFL quarterback is expected to be at in their third season. Zach Wilson has been a bona-fide bust for the Jets thus far, and his first game back in charge this season against the Houston Texans will be a major factor in his long-term future with the team. All this amid swirling, premature trade rumors this offseason.
Houston faced off against Wilson in 2021, which gave us one of the most comedic plays in recent memory... the ‘back shovel’.
Houston did end up losing that game 21-14. Wilson went 14/24 for 145 yards, one TD, one interception, and one rushing TD. The Texans were able to sack a young Wilson four TDs, but it wasn’t enough to secure a late surge by the Jets to secure to win.
Texans bring their vaunted defense into New York on a four game interception streak. They’ve racked up 11 total interceptions with seven coming over the last four games. The addition on Adrian Amos, who was on the New York Jets last week, is a great addition to a surging secondary. Amos will be a rotational asset and special teams ace in Houston.
Derek Stingley will be a major factor in this matchup as he’ll be tasked with guarding second-year wide out Garrett Wilson. Wilson has 745 yards thus far and leads the team with three TDs. Stingley will most likely receive help from veteran Jimmy Ward as double covering the most talented player on the Jets will be the first priority.
The Jets will play with two, sometimes three tight ends, making today’s matchup one where the linebackers will be required to cover downfield and stop the run. If Houston can keep the Wilson’s a part (Garrett and Zach) and hone in on the tight ends, they will be in great place to secure their eighth win of the season; their most since 2019.