What to expect from the first of likely many matchups between the Patriots’ Mac Jones and the Jets’ Zach Wilson

What to expect from the first of likely many matchups between the Patriots’ Mac Jones and the Jets’ Zach Wilson

Patriots They will always be connected because of their draft status. The rivalry begins in earnest Sunday. Zach Wilson (left) was the second overall pick this year, and Mac Jones was the 15th.

Welcome to Season 10, Episode 2 of the Unconventional Preview, a serious-yet-lighthearted, nostalgia-tinted look at the Patriots’ weekly matchup.

No matter what shape their career arcs take, the successes and failures of the five quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft will forever be intertwined.

That’s especially true if one of the quarterbacks happens to end up a superior player to one chosen before him.

While the Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence (No. 1 overall), the 49ers’ Trey Lance (No. 3), and the Bears’ Justin Fields (No. 11) are off charting their own career paths, no two quarterbacks in the Class of ‘21 have a more compelling connection than the Jets’ Zach Wilson (No. 2) and the Patriots’ Mac Jones (No. 15), who are facing off for the first time Sunday.

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The Patriots and Jets have played 124 times (the Patriots have won 69, the Jets 54, with one tie). This game marks the first time since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger that both teams will be starting a rookie quarterback — and both are coming off good impressions in their NFL debuts.

Jones was…

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