Zach Wilson’s first game at MetLife Stadium in front of his home fans was a day to forget.
The New York Jets rookie quarterback was booed off the field in the fourth quarter of a 25-6 loss after a dreadful performance, which included four interceptions.
Wilson did not stand a chance from the get-go.
The second overall pick’s first pass of the game was an interception. His second pass of the game? Also an interception.
It was the first time in 40 years a Jets player threw an interception on his first two passes of a game and first time it’s happened in the NFL since Tarvaris Jackson did it with the Seahawks in 2011.
Things did not get better from there.
Wilson threw another interception on his fourth drive of the game and again on the Jets’ first drive after halftime.
That marked four interceptions in his first 11 pass attempts — the most in so few pass attempts since Geno Smith tossed three picks in eight attempts. (Although Joe Burrow threw three picks on three attempts later on Sunday.)
"He was off a little bit," head coach Robert Saleh said in quite the understatement after the game.
By the fourth quarter, Wilson was learning that playing in New York is not quite like BYU as fans rained down boos upon him in his home debut.
Wilson seemed to understand the fans' frustrations, though.
"They should be booing," he said after the game.
Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who was inactive on Sunday with a throat injury, even trolled the Jets QB while watching the game from his home with a line that Sam Darnold infamously said about the Patriots that he was “seeing ghosts.”
Wilson’s final line was 19-for-33 with 210 passing yards, no touchdowns and four interceptions in the second game of what may very well be a long season for the Jets rookie.