Will the Cardinals pour on more pressure for the winless Jets and Adam Gase? Or Will the Jets further hurt Arizona’s chances of making the playoffs? I make my case and my NFL pick inside.
Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Jets
Sunday, October 11th – 1:00 ET at Metlife Stadium
The 2-2 Arizona Cardinals travel back across the country to take on the 0-4 New York Jets in a game they surely must win to have a chance of making the post-season in a tough NFC West.
Can the Cards Break Their East Coast Curse?
The Cardinals requested having two east coast games in a row when the schedules were created with the idea of staying over that side of the country for the week in-between their game at Carolina last week and this one, but Covid took over and they had to return home before making another long flight across the country. It made sense as their record traveling East, especially for an early kick off is not good, but things change and they’ll have to adapt too.
They’re on a two game losing streak with defeats to a rookie-led Chargers team and a Panthers team without Christian McCaffrey (as road favorites according to NFL Bookmakers). It’s something they’ll need to buck and going up against the Jets is probably the best tonic they could have got.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury showed last year he was able to alter his play-calling and style of play on the fly, they were much improved after the first month of last year, and at least he’ll have plenty of time to consider it on the flights across the country. The offense has struggled so far with only new acquisition DeAndre Hopkins showing anything at all really.
Kyler Murray is a big part of the run-game, having 265 yards and 4 TDs on the ground through 4 games, that’s not far off half of the teams rushing yards so far and you’d imagine they’d be trying to get Kenyan Drake going after giving him the transition tag over the summer. He’s looked poor with Chase Edmonds looking the better option. The Jets are actually quite highly rated stopping the run, with DVOA ranking them 7th.
Does the Bell Toll for Gase?
Adam Gase is widely considered a dead man walking after a poor couple of years in charge of the Jets finishing a lucky 7-9 last year and starting 0-4 with a -66 point differential after the first month of games. He wasn’t the first coach fired this year as many thought possible, but another loss here will surely put the pressure on Jets management to make a change. They’re currently favorites to be the last winless team and Gase is -175 to be the next coach to lose his job on BetOnline.
The loss to a 3rd string QB on a short week last Thursday night was terrible yet predictable and it seems like it has cost the Jets their starting Quarterback with Sam Darnold likely to miss this game with a shoulder injury meaning Joe Flacco will be getting the start. The Super Bowl winner has had more success than most of this roster but his best years seemed behind him last time we saw him on the field.
Having a different QB makes it tough to figure out who will get the ball in the passing game, but they’re so decimated there it’s surely going to be a heavy dose of Jamison Crowder in the short-medium range, he topped 100 yards last week. Outside of him, they don’t have a whole lot of talent. Jeff Smith? Lawrence Cager? When Patriots rejects Chris Hogan and Braxton Berrios are part of your team you know things aren’t great.
It looks like LeVeon Bell will return for them on the ground this week at least though, they released Kalen Ballage after a two-game spell freeing up roster space to bring him back. They clearly don’t like him though after bringing in Frank Gore for his umpteenth season in the league and drafting La’Mical Perine this year. The three of them will likely share carries for one of the more disappointing run games in the league.
So What’s Going to Happen?
This is actually a tough one to call. The Cardinals are around a touchdown favorites and after their recent games, it’s tough to take them to cover their NFL odds. Saying that I have such low regard for Gase and the Jets that I definitely can’t take them to cover a 7 point spread. So I’m avoiding the spread, I’d lean to the Cardinals covering.
The Total is probably worth a look with them being covered so regularly this season, however the Cardinals haven’t gone over a total so far this season. The Jets ineptitude on offense put me off taking the over in their last game, however that caused short-fields and actually create a good game-flow for scoring, they’re currently 3-1 to the Overs.
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