The Arizona Cardinals seem like they’re starting to roll again, and a decisive win over the 49ers last week, without their starting QB, gave them the nudge they needed. On Monday Night Football, they’ll have Carson Palmer back at the helm, and they’ll be facing a banged-up New York Jets team that is watching it’s season spiral out of control. The Cardinals are big -7.5 favorites on Sports Interaction’s NFL odds.
Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Jets
Point spread: Arizona -7.5
Date: Monday, October 17, 2016
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Arizona
Carson Palmer wasn’t on the field against the 49ers game due to a concussion he got playing against the Rams on October 2nd. When speaking to the press, he expressed his feelings about being cleared to play again on Monday Night Football. “Exciting. Obviously, you’re bummed because you’re not playing. It was just great to see us go on the road in a tough place to play and get a division game and get on track.”
Drew Stanton stepped up when he took over for Palmer, going 11-for-28 for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Both David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald are looking good as well, with Johnson picking up 157 yards and Fitzgerald getting 81 yards and two touchdowns for their 33-21 win against San Francisco. Johnson was named the NFC’s offensive player of the week for his performance.
Arizona has a 2-6 all-time record against the Jets in their eight regular season games. Even if Carson Palmer is a little rusty after being absent, the Cards offence will be too much for the beleaguered Jets to slow down.
New York Jets
The New York Jets are coming into this game with a 1-4 start to their season, and the aftershocks from their big 31-13 loss to Pittsburgh last week. Ryan Fitzpatrick had zero interceptions and got 255 yards through the air on 38 passing attempts. Matt Forte, arguably the Jets most significant acquisition this year, became the 10th running back in league history with 500 career receptions.
Jets coach Todd Bowles spent time in Arizona under Bruce Arians, and is meeting him again on the sidelines for the first time since joining the Jets. The hope is that he knows the Cards as well as Arians does, and will be able to use that knowledge to try and shut down some big plays. The Jets have allowed 82 points during their three-game downward spiral.
With an injured roster and a struggling secondary, it’ll be hard for the Jets to gain any real ground against the healthier, more talented Cardinals, which is why the Jets are considerable +7.5 underdogs in this contest.
New York Jets vs. Arizona Cardinals Prediction