Jay Cutler started for the Dolphins on Sunday, and out came the old Jay Cutler jokes.
But make no mistake: Miami is not Chicago, and this Jay Cutler is not that Jay Cutler.
Well, he kind of is, because he’s playing for Adam Gase again. But that’s the only similarity. Cutler was paid well as a suddenly-wanted quarterback to elevate a playoff team. His situation with the Dolphins is a lot different than being a lame duck with little support on a lost Bears team.
The most talked-about throw Cutler made in his Dolphins debut, a 19-17 win over the Chargers, is one that didn’t land anywhere near intended wide receiver Kenny Stills … or in bounds. His Hail Mary fail on his final pass attempt of the first half got way too much attention given what he did near the end of the second half.
The Jets have been burned by workhorse and speed backs early, and Jay Ajayi is both of those rolled up into one premier package. While Jay Cutler won’t need to do much and will keep it simple playing off Ajayi, Josh McCown (Cutler’s former backup in Chicago) will have trouble doing much with limited time on the field.
This is not a misprint. In a battle of winless teams, Cleveland is in the rare position of being a road favorite. The Browns have been competitive early, and the Colts fought as much as they could in Week 2. Go horseshoes over lucky dogs, with a winning kick from venerable Adam Vinatieri in a non-shootout between Jacoby Brissett and DeShone Kizer.