The AFC East may be home to the dominant New England Patriots, but the division also houses two of the worst teams in the NFL: the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets.
Fueled by a 21-point second quarter, the Dolphins demoralized the Jets on Sunday by defeating their division rival 26-18 to gain their first win of the season. Needless to say, it was not a happy homecoming for ex-Miami coach Adam Gase.
"You don't put in all this time and effort to come out and lose," said the Jets head coach, who has a career record of 24-33 (.421 win pct) as a head coach in the NFL.
Second year QB Sam Darnold was probably seeing ghosts once again as he was left to run for his life behind an offensive line that's in shambles. He was sacked three times, pressured continuously, and lost a fumble off of a poor snap which led to a safety for Miami.
Le'Veon Bell managed over 100 yds from scrimmage but he had to dodge, dip, duck, dive, and dodge his way past swarms of defenders to do so. Without the help of a capable offensive line, the star RB has been unable to truly shine.
New York's defense, which has showed some glimmers of hope this season, fell victim to the wizardry of Fitzmagic as the opposing QB tossed 3 TDs.
Miami is a bad football team, but the Jets proved to be even worse.
These two floundering franchises look to be competing for last place in the division, and maybe for last in the NFL. There were certainly rumbles of the Dolphins "Tanking for Tua," but after the Jets' performance, perhaps they should embrace a true rebuild and try to lose games.
Who knows, maybe if they try to lose they'll end up winning.
No shenanigans, just football.