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In the N.F.L., Change Is Inevitable. Just Not Atop the Standings.

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A more jarring transformation has occurred in Baltimore, where a franchise defined for years by its snarling defense now flaunts an electrifying young quarterback, Lamar Jackson. The Ravens weaponized him by designing an offense intended to make defenses wonder every play whether he will run, hand off or throw. Through Sunday, they had gained the most yards and recorded the most points.

Just behind Baltimore in scoring is New England, whose offensive limitations this year have been mitigated by the five touchdowns the Patriots have scored on returns. No team has mastered the art of reinvention the way the Patriots have. They have started the same quarterback, Brady, for almost two decades, and yet morph from season to season and, especially, from game to game.

These Patriots are bulldozing opponents not because of Brady — who according to Pro Football Reference commands an offense that has scored on 37.8 percent of its drives, 15th in the N.F.L. — but rather on the merits of the defense, which the advanced statistical website Football Outsiders deems the league’s second-best through six games since 1986. New England is allowing the fewest points per game (8.0) and limiting quarterbacks to a 42.6 passer rating, by far the lowest in the league.

It should be noted here that the Patriots’ defensive proficiency could be kind of, sort of connected to the atrocious offenses they’ve played so far: Four of their six opponents — Miami, Washington, Buffalo and the (Sam Darnold-less) Jets — entered Week 7 ranking among the bottom five in points scored.

The Dolphins and the Redskins are at a stage familiar to the Jets and the Bills, whose inability to unearth a franchise quarterback consigned them to years of mediocrity, and worse. The incalculable pressure to identify the next Brady, the next Brees, the next Jackson, compels teams to hang on to quarterbacks too long, hoping they fulfill their lofty draft status, or to select the wrong ones altogether.

There is a reason three such teams are languishing in the quarterback abyss. Tennessee, Tampa Bay and Cincinnati have made the playoffs a grand total of once in their last 24 combined seasons, going on 27. If history is any guide, they, unlike all the other teams barreling toward inevitability, won’t be joining them in the postseason.

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Darnold’s 4 Touchdowns Power Jets to a Rout in Washington

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LANDOVER, Md. — Sam Darnold more than made up for an ill-timed interception by throwing for 293 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, and the Jets routed the rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins and the Washington Redskins, 34-17, on Sunday for their second consecutive victory.

Darnold was 19 of 30 passing and tossed touchdowns to Daniel Brown, Robby Anderson, Ryan Griffin and the former Redskins receiver Jamison Crowder. Despite getting picked off deep in his own territory by Jon Bostic, Darnold, the third overall pick in the 2018 N.F.L. draft, bounced back and now has 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season.

The Jets (3-7) sacked Haskins six times, including three by safety Jamal Adams, and linebacker Neville Hewitt intercepted him in his return to the lineup. Adams became the second defensive back in the past decade with three sacks in a game (matching Mike Hilton of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017). With six sacks, he set the Jets’ single-season franchise record for the most by a defensive back.

Adams, 24, has been on a roll. He led the Jets with nine tackles and two forced fumbles in a 34-27 win against the Giants last week.

Le’Veon Bell ran for a 1-yard touchdown, Griffin had a career-high 109 yards receiving and the Jets eclipsed 400 yards of offense for the first time in 20 games.

Washington (1-9) set a franchise record by going 16 consecutive quarters without a touchdown — the most by any team since the 2000 Baltimore Ravens — before Derrius Guice scored on a 45-yard screen pass early in the fourth quarter. Haskins was 19 of 35 passing for 214 yards and threw touchdown passes to Guice and tight end Jeremy Sprinkle in his first game since being named starter for the rest of the season.

That feels like a long time away for two teams on a pace for a top-five draft pick. The Jets look like they have made some semblance of progress under their first-year coach, Adam Gase, while the Redskins are 1-4 under the interim coach Bill Callahan, who took over the team after the it fired Jay Gruden on Oct. 7. Washington is off to its worst 10-game start since 1961, when it was 0-9-1.

The Jets will face the Oakland Raiders at home next Sunday.



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