The 2023 New York Jets faced turbulence shortly after takeoff, symbolized by Aaron Rodgers’ injury. However, there’s still a chance to reach their intended destination without adhering to the same predictable flight plan, symbolized by Zach Wilson.
The solution is straightforward: acquire quarterback Kirk Cousins through a trade – a move that became even more apparent after Sunday’s events, demonstrating it as the most logical course of action for both the NYJ and the Minnesota Vikings, Cousins’ team since 2018.
With Aaron Rodgers recovering from Achilles surgery, the once-promising Zach Wilson is now jeopardizing the Jets’ season for the third time. In Sunday’s 15-10 loss to the New England Patriots, Wilson struggled, managing only 39 yards in the first half. The Patriots have now defeated the Jets 15 consecutive times and hold a 5-0 record against Wilson. He finished the game with just 157 passing yards for an offense that frequently stalled, mirroring his performances from last year against New England.
Head coach Robert Saleh continues to search for a positive angle but has limited alternatives.
While rumors of Kirk Cousins being traded were already circulating, they have now reached a fever pitch. According to Jake Marsh the Jets now have interest in Cousins.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings are facing a winless start to the season, following Sunday’s heartbreaking loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Minnesota has consistently fallen short in close games, with all of their defeats decided by six points or fewer, a stark contrast to their unblemished record in such contests during their 2022 NFC North championship season. Considering historical trends dating back to the NFL’s last expansion in 2002, the likelihood of the Vikings missing the playoffs this season stands at 99%.
This presents an opportune moment for New York to strike a deal.
Acquiring Kirk Cousins would instantly elevate the Jets to contender status. Failing to make a move soon could result in a lost season for the Jets.