New York got its starting quarterback back. Sam Darnold played after missing the last two games with a shoulder injury, and was 16 of 27 for 197 yards. But the offense was unable to get much going. Darnold was intercepted by Nik Needham and Xavien Howard, and the Jets (0-11) twice couldn’t take advantage of takeaways by the defense.
“We had opportunities,” Coach Adam Gase said. “We just didn’t make the plays we needed to make.”
Another poor offensive showing had speculation swirling again over whether New York could part ways with Gase, who was outscored, 44-3, in two losses this season to his former team. The 11-game skid is the second longest in team history, one game short of the losing streak by the 1995-96 teams under Rich Kotite.
After Miami went three-and-out to open the second half, the Jets moved the ball down the field — thanks to an impressive 27-yard grab by Breshad Perriman. But Darnold tried to make too much happen on third down at the Dolphins’ 32, throwing across his body on the run and into double coverage with Needham making an easy interception.
“I’ve got to be better,” Darnold said. “I didn’t play well enough to win a ballgame today.”
The Jets didn’t muster much the rest of the way — although they had some chances.
The Dolphins began chewing up clock late in the third quarter by focusing on the run, but it cost them when defensive end Quinnen Williams popped the ball out of Matt Breida’s hands and linebacker Harvey Langi recovered to give the Jets the ball at Miami’s 45 with 4 minutes 9 seconds remaining in the quarter.
But New York couldn’t do anything with the takeaway, going three and out.
The Jets’ defense came up big again on the Dolphins’ next drive, with Jordan Jenkins knocking the ball out of Patrick Laird’s hands and Neville Hewitt scooping it up and returning it to Miami’s 26.
But again, New York’s offense stalled. The Jets went for it on fourth-and-1 from the 17, but Frank Gore was stuffed by Elandon Roberts for a 1-yard loss.