NY Jets (1-4) at Arizona (2-3)
When: Monday, October 17th 2016
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Time: 8:30 ET | TV: ESPN
The struggling New York Jets travel to the desert to face the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football. New York looked good in a Week 2 win at Buffalo, but have since dropped three straight by double-digits and have score only 33 points in those three contests. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick did not throw an interception in the 31-13 loss at Pittsburgh last week after he was picked off nine times in the previous two games. Losing wide receiver Eric Decker, who had 12 touchdown receptions in 2015, to season-ending shoulder surgery has really hurt this offense. Brandon Marshall continues to be the only target Fitzpatrick really has. Marshall has gone over 100 yards receiving in seven of his last 11 games. The Jets running game needs improving as well. Matt Forte rushed for 100 yards and three touchdowns in their lone win at Buffalo, but has been held to 80 yards in the past two weeks. New York’s defense ranks second in the league against the run (68.4 yards per game) but is getting picked apart through the air (303.0 yards). CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring), who missed last week’s game, participated in individual drills on Thursday and is expected to play on Monday.
Carson Palmer is ready to return to the Arizona lineup after sitting out last week for a concussion. Drew Stanton stepped in for Palmer at San Francisco on October 6th and guided Arizona to a 33-21 victory that ended a two-game losing streak. The Cardinals (2-3) have already lost as many games as last season, when they won the NFC West title before losing to Carolina in the conference title game. Palmer is off to a slow start with six touchdowns and five interceptions after his first four games. David Johnson is leading the running game and is coming off a 157 yard effort and two touchdowns at San Francisco. He also set a franchise record by going over 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the first five games. Arizona recorded only 36 sacks last season, but is already halfway to that mark, led by linebacker Markus Golden with six. Arizona will get their first of two matchups with Seattle next week before traveling to Carolina.
Arizona’s offense is not yet clicking and they’ll face a decent Jets defense tonight. I think Fitzpatrick has some success against the Arizona secondary and will keep it close. Arizona wins by 4.
Pick: Jets +7.5