Sam Darnold's return was supposed to be the big spark for the New York Jets. The offense showed some positive signs the past two games with Joe Flacco under center. Well, the Jets scored a mere three points in a 20-3 loss to Miami and dropped to 0-11.
The way the Miami Dolphins are playing defense, it doesn't matter who they have at quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick is 4-3 as the starter and rookie Tua Tagovailoa is 3-1, largely because the Dolphins rank second in the NFL in points allowed per game. Stingy defense has the Dolphins (7-4) in contention for their first AFC East title since 2008, and they're 11-point favorites Sunday at home against Cincinnati, even though they don't know who their QB will be.
Bruce Arians needs to spend less time offering excuses and make some significant adjustments to his Tom Brady-led offence.