The NY Jets fell to 0-11 following yet another sluggish loss, this time to the Dolphins.
The NY Jets are now one step closer to the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft after falling to the Miami Dolphins by a final score of 20-3 in Week 12.
The Jets now sit at 0-11, just five losses away from a winless season and a guaranteed shot at Trevor Lawrence.
This week saw the return of Sam Darnold after missing four of the team’s last six games with a shoulder injury. And while the shoulder didn’t seem to be a problem, nearly everything else about his game was.
Despite playing with his starting trio of wide receivers for the first time this season, Darnold looked like his same mistake-prone self finishing 16-of-27 for 197 yards, zero touchdowns, and two horrifically-bad interceptions.
The former USC star now has just three touchdowns on the season as compared to eight interceptions. The mistakes are far too common for a player in his third NFL season and it’s hard to argue that he doesn’t hold the team back at this stage.
The Jets were abysmal on offense, and Darnold was a key reason for that.
The NY Jets found moderate success outside of Sam Darnold
Elsewhere, the duo of Denzel Mims and Breshad Perriman flashed with the rookie hauling in four catches for 67 yards. He also came within inches of securing a couple of other big grabs — he’s clearly one of the bright spots of the offense.
On defense, the Jets actually did an excellent job of limiting Miami’s offensive output. The Dolphins scored just seven points in the second half as the Jets finished with four total sacks including 1.5 for Quinnen Williams.
Williams also recorded a key forced fumble, one of two forced fumbles the Jets picked up in the third quarter. It was another outstanding afternoon for the former No. 3 overall pick.
The Jets will now limp into their Week 13 matchup against a Las Vegas Raiders team fresh off a 43-6 drubbing at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons.
But for many, their eyes are dead set on Trevor Lawrence and the first overall pick. The Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t budge in Week 12, so it will be up to the Jets to maintain their one-game lead for the grand prize in the 2021 NFL Draft.
And if Darnold and the offense play as poorly as they did this week, that shouldn’t be much of a problem.