Zach Wilson’s performances against Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots likely were a driving factor in why the New York Jets acquired Aaron Rodgers this offseason.

In four career games against the Patriots, Wilson completed just 50% of his passes while throwing two touchdowns and seven interceptions. He was benched after playing New England in Week 10 last season, following a performance in which he completed nine of his 22 passes for a mere 77 yards while taking four sacks.

The numbers tell the story in a lot of ways.

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And when asked if there was any common denominator from his struggles against the Patriots, Wilson acknowledged the most telling statistic: Seven interceptions. He knows it’s an area he’ll need to be better at should the Jets wanted to earn a Week 3 win over the Patriots at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

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“I just need to be smart with the ball,” Wilson told reporters, per the team. “Especially the last time we played them at home, a lot of them were just dumb plays by me. So, I need to play one play at a time, be efficient with the football, trust what I’m seeing and play ball.”

Wilson credited the Patriots for disguising coverages and making it confusing.

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Belichick and company surely will try to do much of the same Sunday. The Patriots enter the divisional matchup as a 2.5-point road favorite.

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