Joe Flacco should give the Jets a strong effort. He is a brilliant veteran quarterback, however he’ll discover the identical points Sam Darnold handled behind a shaky offensive line and throwing to a weak group of ability gamers.
Cardinals 28, Jets 23
Cardinals QB Kyler Murray vs. the Jets’ entrance seven
This could possibly be extra a nightmare matchup than a marquee one. Murray goes to create points for Gregg Williams’ protection. The one query is what number of and the way extreme.
Murray, the reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the 12 months, is the primary participant in NFL historical past with greater than 900 yards passing and 250 yards speeding within the first 4 video games of the season. He enters this sport with 919 passing yards, seven passing touchdowns, 265 speeding yards and 4 speeding touchdowns.
The Jets struggled to comprise Josh Allen in Week 1, permitting him to hurry for 57 yards and a landing on 14 rushes. They must do a a lot better job holding Murray within the pocket and tackling him when he escapes.
“It’s not a straightforward project for positive,” Jets coach Adam Gase stated. “When you might have a man that may transfer the way in which he can transfer, and he can throw the ball away he can throw. He sees rather a lot when he will get outdoors the pocket or when he steps up and will get flushed on the market. He can both take off if no person comes as much as attempt to put strain on him and actually create explosive performs on his personal.”
Kliff notes: The Jets interviewed Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury final yr earlier than hiring Adam Gase to be their head coach. Kingsbury was the USC offensive coordinator on the time, after getting fired as Texas Tech’s head coach. The Jets’ sense was that Kingsbury had his eye on the Cardinals’ job, and he was employed by Arizona a day after interviewing with the Jets. Gase and Kingsbury have the identical variety of wins over the previous two seasons (seven), however the Cardinals are considered as on the upswing whereas the Jets are heading towards the No. 1-overall choose.
Kingsbury was requested this week what appealed to him final yr in regards to the Jets’ job.
“The whole lot,” Kingsbury stated. “I actually preferred [team CEO and chairman] Christopher [Johnson], what he was about, what he talked about, their objectives, the long-term future. After which, clearly, Sam Darnold. I’ve at all times been an enormous fan of his. I used to be at SC for only a few weeks, however simply the way in which they spoke of him, his character, the kind of particular person he was, that was clearly was actually intriguing to work with an excellent quarterback like him.”
Dread zone: The Jets’ offense has been horrible within the pink zone, scoring touchdowns on simply 22.2 p.c of journeys there, the second-worst proportion within the NFL. The Cardinals’ protection has been probably the greatest red-zone groups within the NFL, rating fourth within the league with a 44.4 landing proportion. That’s what you name a foul matchup for the Jets. Count on lots of discipline objectives, once more. The Jets had been 0-for-3 in red-zone journeys towards the Broncos final week, sending out Sam Ficken to kick discipline objectives.
Good hop: The Cardinals pulled off one of many largest trades of the offseason after they acquired star receiver DeAndre Hopkins. He has not disenchanted since arriving from the Texans. Hopkins entered Week 5 main the NFL with 39 catches and in first-down receptions with 24.
Hopkins has confronted the Jets twice in his profession, and he torched them. Who may overlook him beating Darrelle Revis in 2015 or taking up the sport in 2018? In two video games towards the Jets, he has 15 catches for 288 yards and 4 touchdowns. He has averaged 19.2 yards per catch towards Gang Inexperienced. These are totals that would balloon Sunday towards a weak Jets secondary.
Flag squad: The Jets blew final week’s sport towards the Broncos with 11 penalties, six of them private fouls on the protection. They appeared undisciplined and reckless on most of the penalties. They enter this week tied with their opponent, the Cardinals, atop the league with 32 penalties.
The whole variety of penalties isn’t probably the most troubling quantity, although. They’ve been referred to as for seven roughing-the-passer penalties. You’ll be able to wager refs can be looking out now for the Jets hitting the quarterback even a fraction of a second late. Kyler Murray may also draw penalties with the way in which he runs and slides.
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