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Jets QB Zach Wilson opens up on expectations for first career game vs. Patriots

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In what may be the first of a multitude of encounters, New York Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson will face the New England Patriots in Week 2.

Rookie quarterbacks have not fared well against the Patriots under head coach Bill Belichick. For one, Belichick has led the Patriots to a 21-6 record against rookie quarterbacks, but the team has bolstered an 8-6 record against such quarterbacks on the road.

Even with the odds not in his favor, Wilson is much looking forward to his very first clash with the Patriots, which he opened up about during a press conference on Thursday.

“I’m excited for it,” Wilson said. “I think it’s going to be a good challenge for me. Tons of great learning, I’m sure. And also just, these guys are part of our division. We’re gonna play them a lot, this year and in the coming years of course.

“It’s just getting used to this scheme, how we can beat some of the things they’re gonna throw at us. It’s no secret what they’re gonna throw at us. It’s now you gotta try to stop it. That’s the big question. We have, I think, a lot of good things we’ve been working on this week.”

Wilson is coming off of a rollercoaster performance in his debut game for the Jets against the Carolina Panthers in Week 1, where he threw for 258 passing yards and two touchdown passes but posted a lowly 82.9 passer rating.

It sure would be a grand moment for Wilson if he were to pick up his first career win in the NFL against the Patriots at home. More so, it also would be a much-needed victory for the Jets at this early stage in the season, especially as they will be taking on the Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons up next.