EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — After the two teams were scoreless at halftime, the Jets (5-8) scored three touchdowns and defeated the Texans (7-6) 30-6 on a cloudy afternoon full of rain showers.
The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for the Jets.
After being named the starting quarterback once again this week, Zach Wilson had one of the best games in a Jets uniform. He completed 27 of 36 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns. Sunday marked Wilson’s third 300-yard passing game of his career.
Wide receiver Garrett Wilson also finished with nine catches for 108 yards and Brecce Hall registered eight catches and 126 all-purpose yards and a three-yard reception for a touchdown.
After starting nine consecutive games following Aaron Rodgers’ Week 1 Achilles injury, Wilson was benched during the Jets’ Week 11 loss against the Bills for then-backup Tim Boyle because of his poor play and holding onto the football too long inside the pocket. Wilson was the Jets emergency quarterback the following two weeks against the Dolphins and Falcons after Boyle started those games.
The Jets released Boyle on Tuesday and named Wilson the starter on Wednesday. Coming into the game against the Texans, Jets coach Robert Saleh said he hoped Wilson would just “let it rip” and be more aggressive after he had played conservatively in his previous starts. This was also during a week full of controversy for the 24-year-old.
A report by The Athletic last Monday said Wilson was hesitant to return to the starting quarterback role after he has been benched three times in the last year. Both Saleh and Wilson both denied those reports. Saleh told reporters Wilson came into his office on Monday and said “he wanted the ball.”
Wilson had a solid start for the Jets, completing eight of his first nine passes. Wilson was comfortable in the pocket, unlike his earlier starts, and his decisiveness was the best he has shown all season. But that didn’t translate to any points in the first half.
However, the Jets finally got on the board after receiving the ball to start the third. Wilson completed 6 of 7 passes early in the third quarter, which included a 15-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb that made the score 7-0.
Following a Texans punt, the Jets offense scored another touchdown, this time on a nine-yard Xavier Gipson end-around that increased their lead to 14-0.
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