After last week’s debacle the New York Jets’ defense should have a much easier time with the Arizona Cardinals. The Jets gave up 49 points to the Patriots, granted the defense wasn’t on the field for two touchdowns, but it’s hard to imagine them getting any worse.
Under center for Arizona will be rookie Ryan Lindley who started his first NFL game last week. The sixth-round pick threw four interceptions and finished with a 17.6 quarterback rating against the St. Louis Rams.
The return of running back Beanie Wells should be of more concern to the Jets. Although he’s nowhere near a top tier back Wells is capable of shedding tackles and breaking loose.
The Jets’ offense needs to help the defense though. New York has to sustain drives and chew up some clock in order to take pressure off their defense. It’s been a struggle, particularly in the past few games, to get points on the board.
My father once told me “you can only win if you have more points than your opponent.” Yes, it is blatantly obvious, but sometimes it’s the simple advice that is most valuable. Regardless, the Jets should be willing to take any help they can get right now. Whether it’s Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow at quarterback New York needs to figure out a way to move the ball and give the fans something to cheer about.
The Jets have lost four of their last five and are in desperate need of a win; not because they mathematically still have a shot at making the playoffs or because their head coach may or may not be on the hot seat, but because football is a game of pride and when people doubt you that’s when the true fighters rise up. At 4-7 the New York Jets organization needs to take a look in the mirror and figure out who they are and what they want to be.
Final: Jets 17 Cardinals 14
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Written by Matt Brody