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MNF Match Up: Jets @ Cardinals Predictions & Results

Jets @ Cardinals
Surprisingly, two teams that had good seasons the year before, the Cardinals and the Jets, have been awful to start 2016. This week on Monday night, the Jets visit the Cardinals in a must win game for both teams. This game is big for both teams as each club needs a win to not fall far behind in their division.

New York Jets (1-4)
Last year, the Jets had an impressive offensive year. Ryan Fitzpatrick put up career numbers and their receiving duo in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker tore up the league. Now, they struggle to stay in games and put up points. The Jets are coming off a blow out loss to the Steelers, and they need to figure it out and find a rhythm in the middle of the season or miss playoffs. Obviously, the Jets will play without Decker (AC-joint), but many players missed or were limited in practice this week. Center Nick Mangold (knee), cornerback Darrelle Revis (hamstring) and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle). Also listed as questionable are running back Brandon Wilds (knee) and defensive back Dexter McDougle (hamstring). Linebacker David Harris has been listed as doubtful after missing practice on Saturday due to a hamstring injury. The Jets D has not been good this year allowing way too many points and only picking the ball off twice. Also, Fitzpatrick has been super inconsistent and turnover prone. He’ll need to be smart with the ball, and Brandon Marshall will need to make plays against a good Cards secondary.

Arizona Cardinals (2-3)
One of the big surprises of the year has been the record and play of the Arizona Cardinals. A favorite to contend for the Super Bowl, Arizona hasn’t found its rhythm in 2016. Their D hasn’t been bad at all, and Palmer, although looking old, has played pretty well. Only in the Buffalo game can you really say the team has actually played 100% bad. I expect them to find a stride in the second half of the season and pick things up. Their receiving core has made plays, and their superstar secondary has created turnovers. They are doing what they should be to win games even Drew Stanton performed decent in their last contest. They have to start winning sooner or later. With Palmer back, and the only potential player to miss tonight’s game in Mike Iupati, the Cards look like they’re in good shape to play well. I think Fitz will make too many bad choices with the ball and the great Arizona secondary will capitalize.

Prediction: New York- 13 Arizona- 24


What Really Happened

David Johnson rushed for 111 yards and three touchdowns becoming the first player to rush for three scores against the Jets since LeSean McCoy did it five years ago, as the Arizona Cardinals shut down the listless New York Jets 28-3 on Monday night.

The Cardinals (3-3) won their second in a row to climb back to .500 while New York (1-5) lost its fourth straight in a rough return to Arizona for Todd Bowles. He was the defensive coordinator for the Cardinals for two seasons before getting the Jets coaching job two years ago.

The Jets’ Ryan Fitzpatrick was 16 of 31 for 174 yards and was benched in favor of Geno Smith after New York’s longest drive of the night ended in an interception in the end zone late in the third quarter. Smith’s lone series at quarterback ended when he was intercepted by Tyrann Mathieu with 4:20 to play. Carson Palmer, on the other hand completed 23 of 34 passes for 213 yards and left the game with a hamstring strain after throwing a 9-yard TD pass to Michael Floyd with 8:20 remaining, after missing the 49ers game with a concussion,

Arizona scored in the first quarter for the first time this season on the second time Johnson touched the ball. And even though the Jets entered the game second in the NFL in rushing defense at 68 yards per game, they were outgained on the ground 171-33.

New York did have 130 yards in the first half, 70 on three receptions by Brandon Marshall. Marshall’s 36-yard catch over the middle set up New York’s only score, Nick Folk’s’ 39-yard field goal. Arizona scored on a pair of 14-play drives in the second half followed by Johnson and his second 2-yard TD run up the middle, and Palmer passed to Floyd for another TD.The Jets did drive to the Cardinals 14 late in the third quarter but D. J. Swearinger intercepted Fitzpatrick’s pass in the end zone to end the threat. It was Fitzpatrick’s league-worst 11th interception of the season.

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