In the Jets’ 11th game of the 2020 season, on a gorgeous crisp, sunny late autumn day in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the New York Jets lost to the Miami Dolphins, 20 - 3.
The Jets opened the scoring with a long drive which bogged down in the red zone, ending in a field goal for a 3 - 0 Jets lead. That would be the last points the Jets scored in the game.
The rest of the first half was all Dolphins, as they scored two field goals and a touchdown for 13 unanswered points. The Jets ended the first half with a long drive for a field goal attempt, which failed. As has been the case all year with Sam Darnold under center, the Jets were unable to turn long drives into touchdowns. 190 yards of first half offense resulted in just three points scored. Even if the last gasp 29 yard field goal had not missed, the Jets would have had just six points in the first half. You can’t win football games this way. You have to score touchdowns when you get the opportunities.
In the second half Sam Darnold and the Jets offense self destructed. The Jets had drive after drive into Dolphins territory only to come up empty every time. The Jets defense played well and handed the Jets offense the ball in Dolphins territory twice on turnovers, yet Darnold and the Jets offense could do nothing, coming up with just 70 yards of offense in the second half. Darnold had two awful interceptions and several costly sacks as the Jets were shut out in the second half. It becomes more clear with each passing game that Darnold’s days as the starting quarterback of the New York Jets are drawing to a close.
With the loss the Jets bring their record to 0 - 11 on the year and inch closer to the #1 pick in the 2021 draft.
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