Zach Wilson and the Jets offense were expected to struggle.
And on Sunday, without their best receivers and rushers, combined with some pretty bad play execution from Wilson, the Saints beat up on the Jets, who lost 30-9.
This was an opportunity to see Wilson rise to the challenge of elevating the talent around him. That’s a quality quarterbacks will have to show throughout their career. It’s a tough ask, especially for a rookie quarterback, and Wilson could not do it.
Wilson went 19-of-42 for 202 passing yards, with zero touchdowns, and the Jets to just nine points.
The Saints’ game plan was not hard to figure out. They leaned on Alvin Kamara and the run game. The Jets could not stop it for large chunks of the day. Kamara had 27 carries for 120 yards and a 16-yard touchdown. QB Tayson Hill did not have to do much with his arm, but ran for two touchdowns, including a 44-yarder with 1:07 left in the game.