– 2nd and 9 at Cardinals 36 – The Cardinals come out in an I-formation with another 3 WR set (Floyd, Roberts and Fitzgerald). Lindley almost gets an offsides called with a hard count, something the Jets will have to be mindful of when facing the rookie. TE Jeff King is set on the line with his hands in the ground and as the ball is snapped, King appears to be ready to block which gets Rams LB Rocky McIntosh to bite and move up allowing King the space to sprint over the middle with McIntosh late on his heels but too late as King hauls in the catch from Lindley for 9 yards. (No yac)
*Note ~ Jets LBs have ALWAYS had problems with TE’s over the middle so if rookie Lindley finds some sort of crutch to lean on with these TEs and their hot reads over the middle vs the Jets, it may turn into a long day for the Jets LBs.
– 1st and 10 at Cardinals 45 – Cardinals once again come out in a pro-formation but this time with WRs (Fitzgerald and Floyd) on opposite sides of Lindley. Wells as the lone RB in the backfield. TE Rob Housler motions from left to right. Beanie Wells takes the hand off for a 2 yard dive up the middle. It appears as if the Rams were reading run the entire way as they had plenty of defenders in the box and Lindley failed to recognize this and audible. This may prove to be his and the Cardinals undoing against the Jets aggressive defense
– 2nd and 8 at Cardinals 47 – Cardinals come out in a Spread Formation with 3 WRs (Floyd and Roberts to the left and Fitzgerald once again to the right) with Wells as the lone RB in the backfield. Lindley motions for TE Housler to come in motion off the line from right to left and snaps the ball before Housler gets set. Housler utilizes the speed that he has and was able to break away from McIntosh on a post route which enabled him to garner enough separation to haul in the 28 yard catch from Lindley. It was a well designed play from Cardinals offensive coordinator but it was certainly executed perfectly as well. Again, it didn’t hurt that Rams LBs were playing press coverage in the box and allowed Housler to get behind them.