9. Garrett Wilson held on for dear life, and the New York Jets survived to play another Sunday
The Jets are perennially primed for a comeback — just ask Rich Eisen.
Eisen perpetually cycles through the five stages of grief with Jets each year, entering the draft season brimming with hope. As the regular season wears on the Jets, so it wears down Eisen, who embodies the sentiments of Jets fans throughout the NYC area.
In Week 2, this team delivered. A 37-year-old Joe Flacco delivered, throwing for 307 yards and four touchdowns. Garrett Wilson caught a third of those yards on the day, finishing with eight catches for 102 yards. Wilson’s hard-won possession as his knees crash into the earth represents the grit the Jets have needed for so long.
If anyone deserves a chip on their shoulder, it’s the New York Jets. Their Zach Wilson hopes may be dashed at the moment, but Flacco and Garrett Wilson and their teammates proved that the Jets can win it any way, any given Sunday.
Contrary to popular belief, the Jets have not been trying to tank the past few years. In 2020, they sacrificed locking down the No. 1 NFL Draft pick in 2021 just to finish with a 2-14 record that season. They broadcast that message loud and clear against the Browns: they’re not tanking in 2022.
After the Browns seemed to get revenge against Baker in Week 1, the Jets got their revenge on convention in Week 2.