Watch Monday Night Football Live Streaming New York Jets vs Arizona Cardinals Live Online Week 06 match will be kick off at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona, United States, 17 October 2016 online, Time 08:30 ET and its broadcast CBS, ESPN, NFL Network Online.
The 2-3 Arizona Cardinals have not had the season they envisioned prior to kicking off their 2016 campaign. However, a solid 33-21 victory over the 49ers last week should provide some much-needed momentum tonight as they host the New York Jets on “Monday Night Football.” Even better, a well-rested Cardinals team will have quarterback Carson Palmer back under center after missing last week’s game with a concussion. Palmer’s return could be the catalyst Arizona needs to finally get its high-powered offense on track against a New York team that has struggled mightily. After tonight, Arizona will face a brutal slate of five games that will take them to the end of November, so a win figures to be crucial to the team’s playoff aspirations down the stretch.
At 1-4, the Jets also are in desperate need of a victory after digging a pretty deep hole for themselves, losing their third game in a row last week to the Steelers. To make matters worse, wide receiver Eric Decker has been lost for the season with a torn labrum. Tonight, New York will attempt to play the role of spoiler against the Cardinals in their first-ever trip to University of Phoenix Stadium. A victory would not only serve to help get the Jets’ season on track, it also would prove to be particularly meaningful for head coach Todd Bowles, who played under Arizona head coach Bruce Arians in college at Temple and was the Cardinals’ defensive coordinator in 2013-14.
New York at Arizona
Kickoff: Monday, Oct. 17 at 8:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Spread: Arizona -7.5
1. Arizona Passing Game vs. Struggling Jets’ Pass Defense
The Cardinals’ passing attack can be credited as the biggest reason why they averaged more than 30 points a game and finished with a 13-3 record in 2015. So far in this season, that part of the offense has looked very pedestrian. Arizona entered Week 6 ranked 16th in the NFL in passing offense. Carson Palmer has almost as many interceptions (five) as touchdown passes (six) in his four games. And big-play wide receiver Michael Floyd has just 12 catches on 34 targets, as the Cardinals’ aerial attack hasn’t been nearly as productive or dangerous as it was in 2015.
The good news is that this could be the week that Arizona’s offense finds its groove. The Jets have struggled mightily against the pass, to the tune of 303 passing yards per game and league-worst 9.2 yards per pass play. New York has already given up 12 touchdown passes and has just two interceptions on the stat sheet.
The Cardinals should be able to finally find success with the deep ball again as well. The Jets have already allowed eight pass plays of 40 yards or more. More importantly, they have allowed an opposing receiver to go over 100 yards in each of their last four contests, which bodes well for Larry Fitzgerald as Palmer’s go-to target. If Palmer and company can conjure up even a little bit of their 2015 magic, they should have a field day against the Jets’ pass defense.
2. Jets’ Offense vs. Cardinals’ Defense
Another area in which New York could really struggle tonight is with its own passing game. Arizona entered Week 6 ranked fourth in the league in pass defense, allowing 190 passing yards per game. The Cardinals have already collected seven interceptions and 18 sacks, numbers that place them near the top of both categories. Markus Golden (six sacks) and former Patriot Chandler Jones (four) have anchored the pass rush in the early going.
Ryan Fitzpatrick leads the NFL in interceptions with 10 and has twice as many picks as touchdown passes. Facing an outstanding pass rush and a ball-hawking secondary isn’t exactly ideal for Fitzpatrick in his efforts to get back on track. And don’t forget he won’t have Decker for the rest of the season either. Brandon Marshall is still around, but he figures to see plenty of All-Pro shutdown cornerback Patrick Peterson tonight.
The Jets’ best chance for success on offense will be to run the football early and often with Matt Forte and an assist from Bilal Powell. Arizona has had some issues against the run, allowing about 120 rushing yards per game and surrendering six touchdowns on the ground in five games. Forte also has struggled recently, as he’s averaging just 3.5 yards per carry over his last three games. A banged-up offensive line doesn’t help, but New York has to find a way to run the ball to keep the Cardinals honest on defense or yards of any kind may be hard to come by for the visiting team.
3. David Johnson vs. Jets’ Stout Run Defense
In just his second season, Johnson already has developed into one of the top running backs in the league. His 457 rushing yards placed him third in the NFL entering Week 6 and his 695 yards from scrimmage were the most of any player. Tonight, Johnson will face one of the stronger defensive fronts in the league as New York comes into this game allowing 68.4 rushing yards per game and has given up just one rushing touchdown in five games.
Johnson will certainly have his work cut out for him against this defense and he won’t have the benefit of a healthy offensive line either. One starting guard, Evan Mathis, has been placed on injured reserve (ankle), while the other, Mike Iupati, is dealing with his own ankle injury and is listed as Doubtful for tonight’s game. Iupati will be a game-time decision, but the Cardinals have already been preparing to play without him. Fortunately for Johnson, he’s just as dangerous as a receiver out of the backfield as he is on a hand off, so he should have plenty of opportunity to make plays against a Jets defense that is giving up 371.4 yards and 27.2 points per game.
The New York Jets have a talented roster, and an opportunity to turn their fortunes around with a much-needed win tonight. However, that win will be incredibly difficult to come by against the Arizona Cardinals on the road. Following three straight losses, the Jets are clearly trending in the wrong direction. They are crippled by an anemic pass defense, while turnovers and a lack of consistency in the running game remain legitimate concerns.
The Cardinals have been far from a model of consistency in their own right, but you do get the sense that they are close to putting all the pieces together. They have a little momentum coming off of a win last week. They also get Carson Palmer back for tonight’s matchup. And it’s a promising matchup that could go a long way in restoring Palmer’s confidence and finally getting the Cardinals’ passing game on track.
Prediction: Cardinals 31, Jets 17