The New York Jets saw their star offseason signing go down without completing a pass in the team’s uniform before somehow rallying to win against the divisional rival Buffalo Bills in a wild encounter to start the 2023 Monday Night Football Season on ESPN. The prognosis for Aaron Rodger doesn’t sound great, but as long as the Jets have that defense on the field and as long as Garrett Wilson is making the sort of catches that would seem unrealistic in a video game, then they are going to put some wins on the board this season.
As for the Bills, it was a frustrating night. Josh Allen looked out of sorts on his way to three interceptions and a fumble that accounted for all of the turnovers. They will have better days, and they will at least be happy that both the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals – two of their presumed main rivals to win the AFC – also stumbled out of the blocks with defeats this weekend.
The Jets’ next home game sees them take on another divisional foe in the New England Patriots, on Sunday, September 24. After that, they have back-to-back clashes at home with the two Super Bowl participants from last season, with the visit of the Chiefs being followed by the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, October 15. If the Jets can start the first half of their home schedule at 3-1 – no matter who is quarterback – then this is a team that we will need to take very seriously as a possible Super Bowl contender.