The Jets are winless entering Week 3 for the third straight season.
That doesn't mean it's time to panic, though.
While assessing all seven of the teams that started this year 0-2, Conor Orr of Sports Illustrated explained why New York's panic level is low even after two brutal losses:
The reason we’re not scoring the Jets higher right now is that they’re still kind of abiding by our expectations. In my preseason forecast, I had them beating the Panthers in Week 1, but did not expect Carolina to evolve defensively like it has. The Jets do not yet have the requisite pieces to compete for the division … or even win more than a handful of games. What we were always looking for this year was more nonblowouts than blowouts, the development of Zach Wilson and the emergence of some core veteran leaders who can row this ship from rebuild to contention. The New England game was ugly, but Wilson’s four-interception day was different than Darnold’s infamous “seeing ghosts” game. Disastrous rookie outings can often be placed in two different categories: Peyton Manning threw three interceptions in three of his first four games, so this guy will be fine. Or, My God, this poor child can’t read a defense. Wilson’s picks seemed like the product of not being entirely comfortable with his receivers yet. Leverages shifted, the Patriots made some nice plays and some balls were dropped. Robert Saleh’s team climbed back into a game against a Panthers outfit that clubbed the Saints a week ago.
Zach Wilson and the Jets will have an opportunity on Sunday to prove they are further along in their rebuild than some think. New York travels to Denver for a tough matchup with the Broncos, a team that's looking to stay undefeated.
To read the rest of Orr's article, checking in on all seven teams still searching for their first win of the year, click here.