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Battle of the Embarrassments

Posted By Thomas Mitchell On Nov 30 2012 @ 10:30 pm In Arizona Cardinals,NFL | No Comments

East Rutherford, NJ- Tim Tebow will be inactive for Sundays game. Now lets move on to news concerning football.

If there is one fan base Cardinal’s fans don’t envy, its the Jets’. Might as well throw the Raiders in there too, but all of the world has been laughing at them for years. New York, like Oakland, has brought most of the problems they face on themselves. They’ve made roster moves based on flair (See Tebow) not substance, and although they aren’t in the midst of a 7-game losing streak (See Arizona), the Jets play in New York and like to talk about themselves. Nobody feels sorry for the loudmouth.

Nobody feels sorry for the Cardinals either, mostly because they don’t care. Outside of Arizona, there isn’t a lot of sparking interest regarding a 4-7 team on its 3rd quarterback. However, for us in Arizona, every game is a window into what next year might look like. Since we gave up on this season about four weeks ago, a view into the future is the main reason for fans to tune in.

After throwing four picks and dropping back more than he probably should have, a safer game plan should be in store for Ryan Lindley. Ken Whisenhunt probably wanted to give Lindley the green-light last week to see what the rook was made of and despite some nice glimpses, the rook showed he’s not quite ready. The run game should be emphasized much more this week, the offense can’t put it all on the kid just yet. Making things even harder, starting center Lyle Sendlein is out for the rest of the year with a torn MCL.

The grind of a heavy workload and deflated season is starting to take its toll on Arizona’s defense, Steven Jackson rushing for 138 yards last Sunday showed that.┬áMost marriages with one worker and one freeloader usually end in divorce, unfortunately there’s no divorcing this offense. Having to keep teams out of the endzone constantly starting around the 50-yard line gets old game after game. The Jets’ offense is a meal this defense is hungry for, so expect them respond this week.

With all the recent success rookie quarterbacks have had recently it’s understandable for fans to expect Ryan Lindley to play well early, but that doesn’t mean it’s rational. Lindley can play well at times and then be susceptible to a rookie mistake, and those mistakes are hard to rebound from. It’s important for him to play under control but not lose the confidence that made Arizona’s staff believe in him. He’s not going against Peyton Manning this week, there’s no pressure trying to out-duel Mark Sanchez. If Beanie Wells can move the sticks more Lindley can have a solid game.

Choosing a winner between two inconsistent teams that haven’t played well in weeks has no formula. An overtime thriller or blowout on either side could happen and there wouldn’t be much surprise. West coast teams have a notoriously tough time traveling east, and the Cardinals fall victim to that trait often. With two underwhelming teams that is your trump card. The losing streak needs to end soon, but it won’t this week. Jets win an ugly game, 20-16.

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