FOXBORO Mass. — Jets quarterback Zach Wilson struggled to digest his lackluster offensive leadership during New York’s 10-3 loss against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.
After coming out and recording five consecutive three-and-outs in the second half — a display that head coach Robert Saleh referred to as “dog (expletive)” — Wilson refused to accept accountability for his clear role in New York’s first road loss of the year.
“I just think all around it’s more executing,” Wilson told reporters. “Weren’t able to move the chains. They were doing a good job making it hard on us to get easy ones in the pass game. Couldn’t establish the run game very well and then obviously I had some, you know. … Got to find a way in these conditions.”
Wilson completed just nine of his 22 attempts and totaled only 72 yards — the second-fewest in a game by the 23-year-old. However, Wilson wasn’t quick in accepting his blame for the loss. In fact, Wilson didn’t believe he and the offense let the Jets defense down. New York held the Patriots without an offensive touchdown.
Jets punter Braden Mann finished with more punts (10) than Wilson did with completions.
So, numbers don’t lie, right? Well, Wilson didn’t necessarily agree with the story told by the box score. When asked if he let felt as though he let the Jets’ defense down, Wilson was quick and somehow confident.
“No, no,” Wilson replied. “We’ve won some big games and we’ve lost some games, obviously, that we want back. So, we are going to move and learn from this one.”
Meanwhile, Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson had a much more honest perspective after finishing with just two receptions for 12 yards.
“This is unacceptable and no one wants to feel like this, but that’s not enough,” Wilson said. “You’ve got to do something about it. And hopefully, this is a wake-up for some people in the facility. … We got our (expletive) beat on offense, and the results showed.”
The Jets, who dropped to last in the AFC East after the loss, will host the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium for a Week 12 matchup.