The New York Jets failed to capitalise on their second half boost and lost to the Atlanta Falcons 27-20 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. Zach Wilson and company have now dropped to 1-4 before the bye week.
Falcons’ Matt Ryan became the seventh quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 completions in Sunday’s against the Jets. Ryan joined Tom Brady (6,897) and Ben Roethlisberger (5,159) as the only active players to eclipse the milesetone. Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is the NFL’s leader in completed passes with 7,142 completions.
The Falcons (2-3) built a 20-3 halftime lead and eventually grounded out the victory despite allowing the Jets to stick around by losing two fumbles.
But Zach Wilson and the Jets had trouble moving the ball, which has been the story of the season for the rookie quarterback. He finished 19 of 32 for 192 yards and no touchdowns with one interception.
Atlanta rookie tight end Kyle Pitts, taken two spots after Wilson at No. 4 overall in the NFL draft in April, had his best game with nine receptions for 119 yards and his first NFL touchdown.
Ryan completed 33 of 45 passes with no interceptions.
The Jets (1-4) battled back in the second half with rushing TDs from Ty Johnson and Michael Carter, but couldn’t pull off the comeback.
The Falcons then finally found the dagger drive they’ve been missing, driving 75 yards on nine plays, ending with Mike Davis’ 3-yard run. On second-and-goal, Davis took the handoff, spun and got a collective push from his offensive linemen to get into the end zone to extend the lead to 27-17 with 2:19 to play.
The scoring drive included a 39-yard reception by Pitts, followed by Olamide Zaccheaus’ 15-yard catch and dive for a first down to the Jets 24 on third-and-13.
Matt Ammendola’s 49-yard field goal made it 27-20, but the Jets’ onside kick was recovered by Falcons receiver Olamide Zaccheaus — sealing Atlanta’s victory.
Cordarrelle Patterson continued doing a little of everything for the Falcons. The running back/wide receiver/kick returner had seven receptions for 60 yards and ran for 54 yards on 14 carries.
With inputs from the Associated Press