Aug 12, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) during warmups against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Jets hope to get boost from Zach Wilson’s return, beat Steelers

After taking a 27-12 shellacking against the Cincinnati Bengals last week, the New York Jets are in need of a spark.

Luckily for them, they’ll be getting one on Sunday.

Quarterback Zach Wilson is set to make his return and will look to lead the Jets to a better result against yet another AFC North foe when New York clashes with the host Pittsburgh Steelers.

Wilson missed the Jets’ first three games with a knee injury that he sustained in the preseason. He posted lackluster numbers as a rookie in 2021, tallying 13 touchdowns (nine passing, four rushing) and 11 interceptions.

If Wilson wants to make strides in the right direction during his sophomore campaign, New York head coach Robert Saleh knows he’s not going to be able to do it alone.

“It’s really just exciting for him to get back on the football field. It’s been six weeks,” Saleh said. “There’s a lot of different things that have to go around in terms of making sure that we run an efficient offense. From us as coaches, to (offensive) line, to receivers running routes, everybody’s involved.

“But at the same time, it’s not all about Zach. It’s making sure that we’re executing on all cylinders, as we should every week.”

In addition to the pressure that comes with his debut, there might also be an added sense of urgency for Wilson. The Jets (1-2) are already falling behind in the AFC East, a division that has suddenly become one of the strongest in the NFL.

The Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins have emerged as two of the league’s powerhouses, while the New England Patriots have seemingly always had New York’s number.

Pittsburgh (1-2) finds itself in a similar situation, and a 29-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns in Week 3 certainly didn’t help its chances of moving up in the standings.

The Steelers lead the series 18-6 though the Jets have won two of the past three encounters, including a 16-10 win in December 2019.

While all other eyes might be on Wilson, Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin is directing his attention to another part of the Jets’ offense.

“What is a consistent and regardless of who’s at quarterback is the running back tandem that they have in (Michael) Carter and (Breece) Hall,” Tomlin said. “They’ve been highly, highly productive. They utilize both guys in the running game, in the passing game. Increasingly significant components of what it is they do.”

Carter has 368 scrimmage yards in four career games against AFC North teams.

However, the Steelers might want to force New York to run the ball since their secondary is banged up. Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon didn’t practice on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick was dealing with a concussion earlier in the week but is expected to play.

The Jets’ defense might also be limited on Sunday, as cornerback Brandin Echols (hamstring) and defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers (toe) were limited participants during practice on Wednesday.

Linebacker Quincy Williams (ankle) did not participate.

–Field Level Media

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson throws during warmups before an NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Wilson will not play due to a knee injury.

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Jets QB Zach Wilson practices, will start Week 4 barring setback

Zach Wilson practiced with the New York Jets on Wednesday and will start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, barring a setback.

Wilson, 23, was sidelined for the first three games of the season as he recovered from arthroscopic surgery performed on Aug. 16. He sustained a meniscus tear and a bone bruise on a non-contact injury in the Aug. 12 preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The No. 2 pick in the 2021 draft, Wilson missed time last season with a torn PCL in the same knee. He was 3-10 as a starter with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Head coach Robert Saleh said Wilson will “absolutely” start against the Steelers provided there is no setback.

The Jets are off to a 1-2 start with Joe Flacco as Wilson’s replacement.

“It’s exciting to get him back out there, but at the same time, it’s not all about Zach,” Saleh said. “It’s making sure we’re executing on all cylinders.”

Saleh said medical clearance was given only after the Jets deemed Wilson’s knee is “100 percent.” He said there is no concern with Wilson’s offensive line holding up.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Pittsburgh was upramping preparation for Wilson and specifically addressing his mobility as a concern.

“We know they have some QB questions. We’re familiar with Joe (Flacco) and he’s familiar with us,” Tomlin said. “From a Zach Wilson perspective, we haven’t been in the stadium with him so there are some unknowns.”

With three of the team’s offensive tackles on injured reserve, Flacco was sacked nine times in three games. Wilson was sacked 44 times in 13 games in 2021.

Wilson could have plenty of chances to throw if the 2022 pattern holds for the Jets, who’ve lost two games by 15 points each and are allowing 27 points per game.

–Field Level Media

Aug 14, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle George Fant (76) during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Jets place tackle George Fant on IR, sign reinforcements

The New York Jets placed offensive tackle George Fant on injured reserve with a left knee injury Tuesday.

Fant is already the third tackle to hit IR for the Jets this season.

The Jets signed offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi to their active roster and offensive lineman Mike Remmers to their practice squad Tuesday. They released receiver Diontae Spencer from the practice squad in a corresponding move.

New York originally planned for Fant to man the left tackle spot and Mekhi Becton to move to right tackle this year, but Becton was lost for the year in August with an avulsion fracture of his right kneecap.

The Jets signed five-time Pro Bowler Duane Brown to play left tackle with the idea of swinging Fant to the right side, but Brown then went down with a shoulder injury in practice before the regular season began.

Fant, in his third season with the Jets, left Sunday’s Week 3 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals with the knee injury. Fant has started 32 games for the Jets after beginning his NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks.

Ogbuehi, 30, appeared in two games for the Baltimore Ravens and one game for the Seahawks last year. He has 60 career appearances (30 starts) for the Cincinnati Bengals (2015-18), Jacksonville Jaguars (2019), Seahawks (2020-21) and Ravens.

Remmers, 33, spent the last two seasons with Kansas City Chiefs and saw action in 17 games (12 starts). He also played for the then-San Diego Chargers (2013), Carolina Panthers (2014-16), Minnesota Vikings (2017-18) and New York Giants (2019).

–Field Level Media

New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (19) is sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Cam Sample (96) in the first half at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022.

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Bengals sack Jets to get into win column

Joe Burrow threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to a 27-12 victory over the host New York Jets on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Burrow, who went 23-for-36 passing, threw touchdown passes of 12, 56 and 5 yards for the defending AFC champion Bengals (1-2). Cincinnati never trailed against the Jets (1-2), who committed four turnovers.

Tyler Boyd had four receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown, with Tee Higgins adding five catches for 93 yards and Ja’Marr Chase finishing with six receptions for 29 yards and a score. Samaje Perine rushed for 47 yards on nine carries and caught a touchdown.

Joe Flacco went 28-for-52 passing for 285 yards with two interceptions and two lost fumbles. Tyler Conklin had eight catches for 84 yards and rookie Garrett Wilson finished with six receptions for 60 yards for the Jets. Michael Carter rushed for 39 yards on 11 carries.

Leading 20-9 at halftime, the Bengals took over at the Jets’ 24-yard line early in the third quarter after Trey Hendrickson forced Flacco to fumble and BJ Hill recovered. Four plays later, Burrow threw a 5-yard scoring strike to Chase to extend their advantage to 27-9 with 12:02 left in the quarter.

Greg Zuerlein’s 43-yard field goal pulled New York to within 27-12 entering the fourth quarter.

After the Bengals took a 7-0 lead on Burrow’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Perine with 9:35 left in the first quarter, the Jets’ next two drives ended with Zuerlein field goals that pulled New York to within 7-6 with less than two minutes remaining in the opening period.

The Bengals, however, struck back on the final play of the first quarter, as Burrow threw over the middle to Boyd, who broke two tackles and raced into the end zone for a 14-6 lead.

Evan McPherson kicked 22- and 43-yard field goals in the second quarter to give the Bengals a 20-6 lead before Zuerlein’s 52-yarder cut the margin to 20-9 at the half.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) and wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) and running back Joe Mixon (28) and wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83)  during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals face Jets hoping to avoid 0-3 start

The defending AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals will look to avoid an 0-3 start when they visit the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday afternoon.

The Bengals (0-2), who were expected to contend for a second straight AFC title, are already in a tough spot. They followed a season-opening 23-20 loss in overtime to the Pittsburgh Steelers with a 20-17 setback at Dallas on Sunday.

“We know that we’ve got great players,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. “We know that the character is where it needs to be, a lot of the leadership. Guys understand what our issues have been and how solvable they are, and that we just need to go forward and put together a better, complete game.”

Since the NFL expanded the playoff field from two wild-card entrants to three in each conference in 2020, there have been 18 teams that have started 0-2 — and not one has made the postseason.

“We’re not panicking, two games in, we’ve got 15 games left,” Burrow said. “It’s all just take a deep breath and relax. We’re going to be fine. We’re not worried about it.”

The Jets (1-1) had started 0-2 in each of the past three seasons.

After the Jets opened the season with a 24-9 loss to the visiting Baltimore Ravens, New York scored two touchdowns in the final 1:22, which included recovering an onside kick, to pull out a 31-30 win at Cleveland.

Joe Flacco threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns, including the 15-yard game-winner to rookie Garrett Wilson with 22 seconds remaining against the Browns. Flacco, who was forced into the lineup to open the season since Zach Wilson is recovering from knee surgery, has thrown for 616 yards in two games, third-most in the league.

He’s also thrown five touchdowns and just one interception.

Now, the Jets have a chance to go above .500 for the first time since opening the 2018 season 1-0. They’ve been .500 or below ever since.

“You’ve got to learn how to win,” Jets tight end Tyler Conklin said. “That’s something all teams have to do. (Sunday) was a step in the right direction to prove that to ourselves that we’re never out of a game and that no matter what the situation is, we can win it.”

Meanwhile, the Bengals are tied with the Colts with a league-worst minus-four turnover differential. Joe Burrow has completed 64 percent of his passes for 537 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions. Burrow, who has been sacked a league-high 13 times, threw 14 interceptions all of last season.

The Jets won the teams’ meeting last year, 34-31, by scoring two touchdowns in a span of 61 seconds in the final 4:36 to rally from a 31-20 deficit.

Burrow threw for 259 yards with three touchdowns and an interception, Joe Mixon had a touchdown rushing and receiving and Tee Higgins had four catches for 97 yards last time the teams met.

For the Jets, Flacco was a backup to then-Jets starter Mike White. The Jets’ leading receiver this year, Corey Davis (8 catches, 160 yards, TD), missed the game because of an injured hip.

Flacco is 9-11 all-time as a starter against the Bengals, but he hasn’t faced them since he was a Baltimore Raven in 2018. He’s thrown 25 interceptions against Cincinnati, which is by far his most against one team, but he’s also thrown 21 touchdown passes.

Bengals tight end Drew Sample (knee), offensive tackle La’el Collins (back) and linebacker Germaine Pratt (knee) all didn’t practice on Wednesday, while Hayden Hurst (groin) was limited. Their availability for Sunday will be made closer to kickoff.

Jets tight end C.J. Uzomah (hamstring), defensive end Quinnen Williams (foot), Wilson (knee) and safety Jordan Whitehead (calf) were limited during Wednesday’s practice, while offensive tackle George Fant (knee) and defensive end John Franklin-Myers (quadriceps) didn’t practice.

None of the players, however, have been ruled out for Sunday’s game.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson (17) makes a touchdown reception against Cleveland Browns cornerback Martin Emerson Jr. (23) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Jets score two late TDs to stun Browns

Rookie Garrett Wilson caught a 15-yard touchdown pass with 22 seconds remaining as the visiting New York Jets pulled off an unlikely comeback and edged the host Cleveland Browns 31-30 on Sunday.

The Jets (1-1) snapped a 13-game losing streak in September by overcoming a 30-17 deficit and scoring twice with no timeouts in the final 1:22.

Nick Chubb scored from 12 yards out for his third touchdown with 1:55 remaining, which seemingly had the Browns (1-1) on their way to their first 2-0 start since 1993. The drive forced the Jets to burn their remaining timeouts before they pulled off their comeback.

New York was within 30-24 when Joe Flacco found a wide-open Corey Davis for a 66-yard touchdown with 82 seconds left on a second-and-1. The Jets then tried an onside kick and cornerback Justin Hardee recovered at the New York 47.

One play after Myles Garrett flushed Flacco out of the pocket, Wilson caught a short pass and streaked down the middle of the field, slipping by linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah to tie the game. After Greg Zuerlein made the extra point, Ashytn Davis intercepted Jacoby Brissett for the Jets to ice their first September win since Week 1 of 2018.

Flacco engineered his 25th career regular-season game-winning drive and completed 26 of 44 passes for 307 yards and four touchdowns.

Wilson, who was shaken up earlier in the fourth and committed a critical drop, finished with eight catches for 102 yards and two scores.

Chubb rushed 17 times for 87 yards. Brissett was 22 of 27 for 229 passes and a touchdown to Amari Cooper, who had nine catches for 101 yards.

Cleveland took a 7-0 lead on Chubb’s run to the left with 4:55 remaining and the Jets tied it on Wilson’s 2-yard grab with 13:06 left in the second. Brissett connected with Cooper for an easy touchdown with 8:17 remaining for a 14-7 lead but the Jets tied it right before halftime on Breece Hall’s wide-open 10-yard catch.

Cleveland settled for a 17-14 lead on York’s 22-yard field goal with 9:58 left after Brissett’s pass to Cooper and a roughing-the-passer penalty got them into the red zone.

The Jets tied it less than a minute into the fourth when Zuerlein’s 57-yarder easily cleared the uprights before Chubb scored twice.

–Field Level Media

Quarterback, Joe Flacco of the Jets  in the second half in the season opener as the Baltimore Ravens defeated the NY Jets 24-9 on September 11, 2022.

The Baltimore Ravens Defeat The Ny Jets In The Seaqson Opener 24 9 On September 11 2022

Jets visit Browns in search of September offense

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Cleveland Browns are heading into Week 2 unbeaten.

The Browns were able to win a season opener for the first time since 2004 by successfully emphasizing their ground game.

Cleveland attempts to replicate the heavy run formula and improve to 2-0 for the first time since 1993 Sunday afternoon when it hosts the New York Jets in its home opener.

The Browns (1-0) are seeking that fast start after holding on for a 26-24 win at Carolina that was decided on rookie Cade York’s 58-yard field goal with eight seconds left.

York’s game-winner earned him AFC Special Player of the Week honors and Cleveland’s victory also was significantly aided by the running back tandem of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Chubb gained 141 yards, Hunt scored a pair of touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) and Cleveland rushed for 217 yards while often using Chubb and Hunt in two-back formations.

“It’s something that we’re always going to explore week in and week out what we feel like gives the defense a tough time,” Cleveland coach Kevin Stefanski said. “There were plenty of snaps versus that defense that looks like that.”

The Browns are seeking a third straight strong start under Stefanski. In Stefanski’s first season, Cleveland began 4-1 en route to an 11-5 finish and a wild-card berth, and the Browns won three of their first four games last season before finishing 8-9.

Fans may also see a franchise record shattered by Myles Garrett. Garrett had two sacks of Baker Mayfield last week and is 1 1/2 shy of matching the franchise record by Clay Matthews. Matthews needed 232 games to reach 62 sacks and Garrett will be playing in his 70th game.

While the Browns are hoping for a repeat of last week, the Jets are hoping to end a dubious streak.

Besides missing the playoffs for 11 straight seasons, the Jets own an NFL-record 13 straight losses in September since Sam Darnold opened his short tenure with the team by getting a 48-17 win in the 2018 season opener at Detroit.

New York has not scored more than 17 points in a September game since that 2018 season opener and offensive woes plagued them again last week in a 24-9 loss to the visiting Baltimore Ravens.

Joe Flacco, who has gone 17-3 in 20 starts against the Browns with 27 TD passes, will make his second straight start while Zach Wilson recovers from a preseason knee injury. Wilson is expected to miss at least two more games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery last month.

Flacco began the season by completing 37 of 59 passes for 307 yards and a touchdown in the final minute. He faced constant pressure, got sacked three times and hit 10 times behind a struggling offensive line which featured George Fant moving from right tackle to left tackle after Duane Brown injured a shoulder.

“There were a lot of things that we as a team could have done to help him out a lot during the game, too,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said. “We’ll give it another run, and I think Joe will be a lot better.”

The Jets ran 26 more plays than the Ravens but only gained 83 yards on the ground. New York also finished 2-for-14 on third-down conversions and did not convert a third down until nine minutes left in the fourth.

The teams are meeting for the seventh time in eight seasons and the Jets are 4-2 in the past six meetings. The Jets earned a 23-16 win in the most recent meeting in Week 16 of the 2020 campaign.

–Field Level Media

Quarterback, Joe Flacco of the Jets gets the ball off as he is caught by Broderick Washington of the Ravens in the second half in the season opener as the Baltimore Ravens defeated the NY Jets 24-9 on September 11, 2022.

The Baltimore Ravens Defeat The Ny Jets In The Seaqson Opener 24 9 On September 11 2022

Jets stick with Joe Flacco as Week 2 starter

Mike White remains the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart and Joe Flacco is still the starter as the New York Jets dive headlong into Week 2 preparations.

Flacco started last Sunday in the Jets’ Week 1 home loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but converted only 2 of 14 third-down chances in a 24-9 defeat. He was also pressured 19 times and averaged just 5.2 yards per pass attempt.

Flacco, 37, is now winless in six starts with the Jets, and head coach Robert Saleh opened the door to a QB storyline entering the Week 2 game at Cleveland by not committing to Flacco on Monday.

“More than likely, going to be Joe,” Saleh said Monday.

But the offense is staying in Flacco’s hands for at least one more start. Playing in place of Jets starter Zach Wilson, Flacco went 37-for-59 for 307 yards with a touchdown and an interception last week.

Wilson is sidelined for at least the first four games of the season following preseason knee surgery. Saleh said Wilson is at least one week away from returning to team drills but will throw to receivers this week.

The other quarterback on the roster is White, the name Jets’ fans chanted in the fourth quarter. Guard Connor McGovern said he didn’t hear any chants for White during the game but added Flacco is called “Cool Joe” for a reason.

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (19) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Broderick Washington (96) while throwing the ball during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

No Joe? Jets could make move from Flacco at QB

Joe Flacco is not being benched by the New York Jets yet, but head coach Robert Saleh stopped short of saying he would start Week 2.

Flacco started Sunday in the Jets’ Week 1 home loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but converted only 2 of 14 third-down chances in a 24-9 defeat. He was also pressured 19 times and averaged just 5.2 yards per pass attempt.

Flacco, 37, is now winless in six starts with the Jets.

Saleh said the quarterback position constantly is under review regardless of the starter. Who will it be Sunday for the Week 2 matchup with the Cleveland Browns?

“More than likely, going to be Joe,” Saleh said Monday.

Playing in place of injured Jets starter Zach Wilson, Flacco went 37-for-59 for 307 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Wilson is sidelined for at least the first four games of the season following preseason knee surgery. Saleh said Wilson is at least one week away from returning to team drills, but will throw to receivers this week.

The other quarterback on the roster is Mike White, the name Jets’ fans chanted in the fourth quarter. Guard Connor McGovern said he didn’t hear any chants for White during the game but added Flacco is called “Cool Joe” for a reason.

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) drops back to pass against the New York Jets during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Lamar Jackson returns to get Ravens past Jets

Lamar Jackson threw three touchdown passes in his first action since a season-ending injury last year to lead the Baltimore Ravens to a 24-9 victory over the host New York Jets on Sunday at East Rutherford, N.J.

Jackson, who missed the Ravens’ final four games after bruising a bone in his ankle in Week 13, went 17-of-30 passing for 213 yards, with an interception and two touchdown passes to Devin Duvernay while another went to Rashod Bateman.

Jackson, who was the Ravens’ leading rusher last season, added 17 yards on the ground in six carries, while Kenyan Drake rushed for a team-high 31 yards on 11 carries.

Duvernay, who had two touchdown receptions over the entire 2021 season, caught a 25-yard score in the second quarter and a 17-yard TD that gave the Ravens a 17-3 lead with 7:14 left in the third quarter. He finished with four catches for 54 yards.

Jackson hit Bateman in stride for a 55-yard touchdown to push the Ravens’ lead to 24-3 with 2:06 left in the third quarter. Bateman had two catches for a team-high 59 yards.

The Ravens ended a six-game losing streak dating to last season by getting the best of a key player from their past: Joe Flacco.

Playing in place of injured Jets starter Zach Wilson, Flacco went 37-for-59 for 307 yards with a touchdowns and an interception. He was Baltimore’s starting quarterback from 2008-18.

Under Flacco’s guidance, though, the Jets were just 2 of 14 on third-down conversions.

After Justin Tucker’s 24-yard field goal gave the Ravens a 3-0 lead with 3:16 left in the first quarter, the Ravens pushed their advantage to 10-0 on Jackson’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Duvernay with 3:45 left in the first half.

The Jets, who have lost 13 straight games in September dating to 2018, trimmed the lead to 10-3 on Greg Zuerlein’s field goal with 24 seconds left in the half.

Michael Carter led the Jets with 60 rushing yards on 10 carries, while Corey Davis had six catches for 77 yards.

Flacco’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Conklin with a minute remaining provided the final margin after Zuerlein missed the extra point.

–Field Level Media