LONDON (AP) – Matt Ryan threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, including Kyle Pitts’s first NFL touchdown, and the Atlanta Falcons held out for a 27-20 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday’s return. the league to London.
The Falcons (2-3) had a 20-3 lead at halftime and managed to take the win despite two turnovers that allowed the Jets to stay in the fight.
But Zach Wilson and the Jets (1-4) had trouble moving the ball, which has been a constant throughout the season for the rookie quarterback. After posting his best game of the season last week against the Tennessee Titans, Wilson hit 19 of 32 passes for 192 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.
Pitts, selected by Atlanta two spots after Wilson with the fourth overall pick in the draft in April, had his best game with nine receptions for 119 yards and the first touchdown pass of his professional career.
Ryan completed 33 of 45 passes without interceptions despite missing his two best wide receivers, Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage. Ridley did not accompany the team to London “due to personal issues” and Gage was left on the bench with an ankle injury.
Cordarrelle Patterson kept doing a bit of everything for the Falcons, and the Jets had few answers to stop him. The running back / wide receiver / kickback specialist finished with seven receptions for 60 yards and led the team’s rushing attack with 54 yards on 14 carries.