Zach Wilson, Tommy DeVito named AFC, NFC offensive players of the week: How the QBs earned the honor

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 Zach Wilson #2 of the New York Jets celebrates following the game against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on December 10, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

Zach Wilson was benched in Week 11. He was named the AFC’s offensive player of the week for Week 14 after leading the New York Jets to a 30-6 win against the Houston Texans.

The NFC’s offensive player of the week was also a New York quarterback, Tommy DeVito, who would surely believe the award would be good for business.”

DeVito led the Giants on a game-winning drive that snapped a surging Packers win streak.

Both quarterbacks entered the season not expecting to play much. Wilson was set to be the Jets backup after the team traded for Aaron Rodgers this offseason and DeVito was the Giants’ third-string quarterback.

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An injury to Rodgers saw Wilson starting again for the Jets, and DeVito landed in the role after Giants starter Daniel Jones and backup Tyrod Taylor both went to injured reserve.

Wilson was 3-6 as a starter this year with six touchdowns, seven interceptions and 1,944 passing yards before Sunday’s win, which coach Robert Saleh called his best game. The 24-year-old tallied 301 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Houston.

“Whatever he ate Saturday night, go do it again,” Saleh said Monday about Wilson’s play.

Saleh had already announced that Wilson would “God willing” finish the season as the Jets starter and was asked if Wilson could play his way into the team’s plans for 2024.

“Anything can happen,” Saleh said.

Giants coach Brian Daboll announced last week that DeVito would remain the Giants starter despite Taylor returning from injury. He’s thrown for 855 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions while becoming the 10th rookie to start at quarterback this season, the most since 1950.

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Jets have been waiting for this

This was the version of Wilson that the Jets have been trying to find all year. Many have been calling for offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett to “let it rip” with Zach Wilson and to take off the kid gloves. For whatever reason, all season, the Jets were too scared to let Wilson air it out and Wilson himself seemed to be a little reticent throwing the ball downfield. Against the Texans, he played with more confidence than he has in his entire NFL career. It’s fair to wonder why it took so long for the Jets to play this way and how much different their season could’ve gone if Wilson had been playing this way the whole time.

The big question now is whether he can sustain it because Wilson has never had back-to-back productive games like this yet in his NFL career. If Wilson keeps playing this way, he might play his way into a potential starting job somewhere else in 2024 — or at least the chance to push for a starting job. — Zack Rosenblatt, Jets beat writer

DeVito’s legend grows

DeVito mania has been sweeping New Jersey since he took over as starter due to injuries among the Giants quarterbacks. Now, after his performance on Monday, it’s gone national.

DeVito has made the most of his playing time opportunities and has shown improvement with each of his four starts. Despite 28 sacks coming into this week, he recorded none and really stayed on his feet, showing off his ground game with 71 rushing yards. It culminated in his game-winning field goal drive, which turned him into the stuff of legend. The poise in the pocket has been praised by his current and former coaches. Now, we’ll see what the Giants can do next after showing off his run game this week. It was a game plan similar to last season with Jones. But is it sustainable for another week with DeVito and a strong Saints defense? — Charlotte Carroll, Giants beat writer

Required reading

  • Jets finally open playbook for Zach Wilson, who lets it rip for signature win
  • NFL Power Rankings Week 15: Chaos in the AFC, plus a fantasy spotlight for every team

(Photo: Kathryn Riley / Getty Images)

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