MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Nearly 27 years ago, the Jets and Dolphins met in an AFC Championship game forever known as “The Mud Bowl.”
On Sunday, the two teams get together in what could be labeled “The Crud Bowl.”
The 1-6 Jets and 0-7 Dolphins meet in a game that is historic for how poor the two teams are. Their combined record is the NFL’s worst entering the eighth game of the season since 1969. It is the first game in NFL history in which both teams enter with a minus-100 point differential or worse and both teams are fewer than eight games into the season, according to Elias.
In other words, these two teams have stunk this season.
For the Jets, this is a chance to show they are not as bad as they have looked against some tough defenses. The Dolphins are 30th in the NFL in total defense and are allowing 34 points per game. If the Jets can’t move the ball on Sunday, there might not be any hope for this offense.
The story around the Dolphins has been that they are tanking this season and trying to lose. But they have had halftime leads in their past two games, and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is capable of getting hot at any time, as Jets fans know.
This game comes after a crazy week for the Jets, which began with trade speculation that caused a rift between star safety Jamal Adams and the team. There has been a lot of noise this week, but the players say they have tuned it out.
“I think our guys do a really good job of just understanding that they can [only] control what they can control,” quarterback Sam Darnold said. “It’s no bigger for us than that. That’s really all I’ve got to say. Again, it is what it is. There’s nothing else we can control.”
Though the Jets have been terrible at times, the Dolphins are historically bad. They have been outscored in the third quarter 54-0 and 130-20 in the second half.
The message around the Jets all week is they are not good enough to take any opponent lightly. They come here trying to get back on track and to try to quiet the noise. If they lose this one, it is going to get awfully loud.
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