Zach Wilson to Start At QB for New York Jets Against Pittsburgh Steelers

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Zach Wilson to Start At QB for New York Jets Against Pittsburgh Steelers
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New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson is set to make his NFL regular season debut Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  

Jets coach Robert Saleh announced Wilson will start on Sunday after missing the first three games because of a knee injury he suffered during the preseason. Wilson has practiced on a limited basis the last two weeks but is expected to take the majority of practice reps this week in the lead-up to Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh. 

It’s really just exciting for him to get back on the football field,” Saleh said of Wilson. “It’s been six weeks and there’s a lot of different things that have to go around in terms of making sure that we run an efficient offense. From us as coaches to O-line, to receivers running routes, everybody’s involved. So, it is exciting to get him back out there, but at the same time, it’s not all about Zach, it’s making sure that we’re executing on all cylinders, as we should every week.” 

How does affect the odds for the Jets this week against the Steelers?

New York Jets Odds vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Jets are currently 3.5-point underdogs at DraftKings Sportsbook for Sunday’s matchup against the Steelers. Pittsburgh is also a -170 moneyline favorite, while the Jets are +145. The total is set at 42.  

New York has yet to be favored this season and is 1-2 at covering the spread with the lone cover coming in the win against Cleveland.  

The Jets are among the biggest longshots to win the Super Bowl at DraftKings, currently at +30000. Only the Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans have longer odds at +50000. 

Teams With Worst Super Bowl Odds

Chicago Bears+25000
Atlanta Falcons+30000
New York Jets+30000
Seattle Seahawks+50000
Houston Texans+50000

Zach Wilson Injury on Noncontact Play

Wilson was injured on a noncontact play during the Jets first preseason game. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in Los Angeles and was expected to miss two to four weeks. On Sept. 7, the Jets announced Wilson would not return before Week 4.  

Last season, in 13 games, Wilson completed 55.6% of his passes for 2,334 yards, nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also had 185 rushing yards and four touchdowns as the Jets went 3-10 in his starts.  

"He’s in a good mental state,” Saleh said of Wilson. “He had a really nice training camp. He was getting better every day and so now it’s just a matter of him getting out there and getting some game-time experience and finding ways to get better every single day. So, he’s excited, we’re all excited for him, but at the same time, it’s not about him, it’s about making sure that we’re all doing our part to make sure that we run an efficient offense.” 

Joe Flacco started at quarterback in the first three games of the season. His highlight came in Week 2 when he threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns in the comeback 31-30 win over the Cleveland Browns. But in the other two contests, the Jets' offense was mostly stagnant, only scoring nine points in the loss to Baltimore and just 12 in the Week 3 defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals.