The Arizona Cardinals come into New Jersey for a week 13 matchup with the jets in pretty bad shape. The cardinals started out 4-0, but have now lost 7 in a row. Kevin kOLB, WHO WAS PLAYING RELATIVELY WELL EARLIER IN THE SEASON, HAS BEEN OUT FOR A WHILE NOW WITH A RIB INJURY. THE CARDINALS ORIGINALLY TURNED TO FORDHAM PRODUCT JOHN SKELTON, BUT SKELTON WAS TOO INCONSISTENT, AND OVERALL JUST DISAPPOINTING. THE LAST FEW WEEKS, COACH KEN WHISENHUNT HAS TURNED TO RYAN LINDLEY, WHO HAS BEEN JUST AS INEFFECTIVE. While the Cards defense has played like a top 10 unit all year, the offense has undermined them and it is why they sit at 4-7 coming into this game.
aRIZONA OFFENSE VS. JETS DEFENSE
Ryan lindley starts again for the cards, and i would expect the cardinals and the jets don't expect to see much from lindley. lindley is young and is making mistakes that young qbs make...staring down wideouts, turning the ball over and taking sacks. in order for lindley to have any chance to be effective, the cardinals need to run the ball well this week. the cardinals sport a running attack that will use both beanie wells and larod Stephens Howling. Wells is more of the downhill punch it through the tackles runner, while Stephens Howling is the speedier, home run hitter runner. The cards will mix them both in the game to try and keep the jets off balance.
as for the cardinals passing attack, it really comes down to the best matchup on the field...the great Larry Fitzgerald vs. the Jets Antonio Cromartie. We will see how much Cromartie is allowed to play Fitz 1 on 1 without any help. This really would have been something to see if Darrelle Revis were still healthy. Outside of Fitz, the Cardinals don't have a lot to talk about on offense. The other wideouts, EarlY doucet, michael floyd and andre roberts, SHOULD BE ABLE TO BE COVERED BY THE JETS SECONDARY. TIGHT END JEFF KING ISN'T A REAL THREAT EITHER.
tHE CARDINALS OFFENSIVE LINE IS ALSO IN SHAMBLES AS WELL. THE TACKLES HAVE BEEN ROUTINELY BEATEN ALL YEAR AND THEY JUST LOST THEIR STARTING CENTER. THIS IS A GROUP THAT THE JETS HAVE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF. THE JETS HAVE HAD AN ANEMIC PASS RUSH THIS YEAR....IF THEY CAN'T GET TO THE QB THIS WEEK, WELL, THEN THERE'S ALMOST NO HOPE FOR ANY OF THESE GUYS ON THIS DEFENSE.