New York Jets starter Zach Wilson put up the worst NFL quarterback performance from Sunday’s Week 2 action with three interceptions in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
However, there were other less-than-stellar performances throughout the day. Justin Fields continued his early-season struggles for the Chicago Bears. Meanwhile, Las Vegas Raiders veteran Jimmy Garoppolo threw two interceptions in a blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills.
These are among the five worst NFL quarterback performances from Sunday’s big Week 2 slate.
Justin Fields, Chicago Bears
- Justin Fields stats (Week 2): 16-of-29 passing, 211 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 61.1 QB rating
Down 20-17 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers late in the fourth quarter Sunday afternoon, Fields threw a brutal pick-six into the hands of edge guy Shaq Barrett. This put the game on ice and represented Fields’ second interception of the game. The former first-round pick also fumbled the ball twice.
Fields was sacked six times and hit a total of 10 times as his offensive line struggled big time in pass protection. The quarterback even took a shot at that unit after the game. Even then, teams are not going to win games with their quarterbacks making mistakes like we saw from Fields on Sunday. Through two games, he’s accounted for just two touchdown passes with four giveaways. Ouch!
Jimmy Garoppolo, Las Vegas Raiders
- Jimmy Garoppolo stats (Week 2): 16-of-24 passing, 185 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 68.9 QB rating
After coming up clutch last week against Denver, Garoppolo started out strong on Sunday. This included leading the Raiders on a five-play, 75-yard touchdown scoring drive that culminated in a touchdown pass to Davante Adams.
After that? Well, it was a mistake-prone performance from Garoppolo in an ugly 38-10 road loss to the Buffalo Bills. He threw an interception on the next drive, leading directly to a Bills touchdown. Vegas then went three-and-out before Buffalo added another score and took a 14-7 lead.
“To beat a team like that at their place, you got to play a lot better than that,” Garoppolo said after the 28-point loss on Sunday. Yeah, he’s not wrong.
Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars
- Trevor Lawrence stats (Week 2): 22-of-41 passing, 216 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
It just wasn’t a good day for Lawrence and his Jaguars offense against the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. Jacksonville scored all of nine points and had 271 total yards. It was a disastrous 3-of-12 on third-down conversions in the 17-9 loss.
The Jags put up 64 total yards on their first five drives with three three-and-outs and a Lawrence lost fumble. That set the tone for the remainder of the day in Duval. It’s disappointing in that Lawrence finished last season playing extremely well and led a studly offensive attack in a Week 1 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
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Zach Wilson, New York Jets
- Zach Wilson stats (Week 2): 12-of-27 passing, 170 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT
We found out first-hand on Sunday why Wilson lost his starting job last season and the Jets had to go out there to acquire Aaron Rodgers in a blockbuster trade. Replacing an injured Rodgers under center against a dominant Cowboys defense in Dallas during Week 2, Wilson put up the worst NFL quarterback performance of the day. He was bad. Really, really bad.
We’re not even sure where to start with that throw. You can’t make mistakes like that in the NFL and expect to win. Wilson’s three interceptions came on the Jets’ final three drives, pretty much snuffing out any hope that they could pull off the road upset. It’s now hard to envision where New York goes from here.