This week the Jets (4-7) welcome the Cardinals (4-7) into Metlife Stadium in the Battle of The….Teams……err……. That Aren’t Really Good? I don’t know but what I do know is that SOMEONE has to continue their losing ways this Sunday as both these teams are coming off losses of more than 2 TDs a piece last week. Losing to the Rams and Patriots respectively, the Cardinals and Jets are both desperate for a win no matter how it comes. The Cardinals come into the game vs the Jets ranking 24th in passing yards, 30th in rushing yards, are holding opponents to 203.7 passing yards which is good for 4th in the league but is ranked 23rd in rushing yards giving up as they surrender 124.2 ypg. Simply put; the Cardinals are the New York Jets of the NFC West but in THIS matchup, something will have to give.
The Cardinals haven’t been doing much scoring during their 7 game skid but make no mistake about it, they ARE still capable of taking advantage of what the opposing defense gives them. Let’s not get away from the fact that before their 7 game skid, they did have impressive wins against the Seahawks, Patriots, Eagles and the Dolphins. Yes that was prior to injuries affecting their team but we’re going to go with the “any given Sunday” mantra for purposes of this article. The Cardinals come into this game vs the Jets averaging 16.6 ppg over their last 3 games, obviously nothing to brag about but when you’re going up against a team like the Jets that are struggling to score offensively, every point is crucial. The Drive I want to discuss this week is a drive that took place within the Cardinals game vs the Rams. It was a drive that began early in the 2nd quarter and it showed just how effective this Arizona offense can be if and when the opposing defenses give them looks that they like.
2nd Quarter, 11:02 remaining in the game and the Cardinals defense just forced a punt that was downed by Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson at the Cardinals 35 yard line.
– 1st and 10 at Cardinals 35 – The Cardinals come out in a pro-formation with Wells as the lone RB and Larry Fitzgerald (to the Right), Andre Roberts and Malcolm Floyd (to the left) as the WRs. Lindley brings Roberts in motion from the left to the right. At first it appears to be passing play but Roberts gets in a defensive stance prepared to run block to the right as Wells takes the hand off and runs behind the Right Tackle for 1 yard.