Preview: Cardinals at Jets

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Major issues at quarterback, little semblance of a running game and a season once filled with lofty aspirations that has spiraled out of control. That pretty much tells the tale of both the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets, who will meet Sunday at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium. Each team is coming off a lopsided home loss that dropped them to 4-7, although the Jets appear to have a better chance of making a playoff run due to a light schedule and a cluster of struggling teams in the AFC. The Cardinals have stumbled to seven consecutive losses following a 4-0 start but they do own a victory at New England, a team that has defeated the Jets twice, including a 49-19 beating on Thanksgiving night.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Jets -4.5, O/U 36.5

ABOUT THE CARDINALS (4-7): An injury to Kevin Kolb and ineffective play by backup John Skelton has forced Arizona to turn to third-stringer Ryan Lindley, and the results were predictably ugly in the rookie's first start last week. Lindley was intercepted four times, two of which were brought back for touchdowns in a 31-17 loss to St. Louis. Lindley threw for 312 yards but Arizona could not score after taking a 17-14 lead into halftime. One positive was the return of brittle running back Beanie Wells, who rushed for a pair of touchdowns after missing seven games because of turf toe. The Cardinals have not scored 20 points since Week 4 and are averaging a paltry 12.7 points during the seven-game skid.

ABOUT THE JETS (4-7): Barring a dramatic turnaround, the signature moment of New York's season came when much-maligned quarterback Mark Sanchez fell face-first into the backside of an offensive lineman, leading to a fumble-return score that was part of three touchdowns in 52 seconds for the Patriots in last week's embarrassing loss. The Jets have been unable to post back-to-back victories but likely will have to win out to have a shot at the postseason. As far-fetched at it appears, none of New York's remaining five opponents owns more than four wins. Sanchez had four TD passes vs. four interceptions in the last five games while RB Shonn Green is averaging under 65 yards rushing during the same span.


1. The Jets have won the last five meetings, including a 56-35 home rout in September 2008.

2. Arizona has not lost eight straight games since the 2006 season.

3. New York has lost 10 of its last 14 dating to a three-game losing streak to end last season.

PREDICTION: Jets 27, Cardinals 13

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Last Injuries

New York Jets

  • Jordan Willis

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Willis was forced from the previous game with an ankle injury, and there is no indication if it will take the field against the Broncos on Thursday.

  • Jeff Smith

    Ques Thurs | I-R

    Smith has been placed on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list with a shoulder injury. The team has three weeks to activate him.

  • Quincy Wilson

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Wilson was held out of the previous game due to a concussion. It is uncertain if he will be cleared in time for Thursday's clash versus the Broncos.

  • Bradley McDougald

    Prob Thurs | probable

    McDougald was lifted from the previous game with injured ribs, but his availability against the Broncos on Thursday is not in danger.

  • Jordan Jenkins

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Jenkins is nursing a shoulder injury, and it is uncertain if he will be active Thursday against the Broncos.

  • Breshad Perriman

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Perriman sat out the last game with a sprained ankle, and it is undetermined if he will be active against the Broncos on Thursday.

  • John Franklin-Myers

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Franklin-Myers has a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will play against the Broncos on Thursday.

  • Chris Hogan

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Hogan is dealing with injuries to his ribs and knee, leaving his status against the Broncos on Thursday up in the air.

Arizona Cardinals

  • Christian Kirk

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Kirk sat out the last game with a groin injury, and it is unknown if he will be active against the Panthers on Sunday.

  • Chris Banjo

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Banjo left the previous game due to a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain if he will take the field Sunday versus the Panthers.

  • Budda Baker

    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Baker is not expected to be in the lineup Week 4 versus the Lions due to surgery to fix a UCL tear in his thumb.

  • Mason Cole

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Cole has missed the past two games due to a hamstring injury, and it is unclear if he will return Sunday against the Panthers.

  • Byron Murphy Jr.

    Prob Sun | probable

    Murphy Jr. is nursing a shoulder injury, but he is expected to line up versus the Lions on Sunday.

  • Jordan Phillips

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Phillips is dealing with an ankle injury, and it is uncertain if he will be available against the Lions on Sunday.

  • Dre Kirkpatrick

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Kirkpatrick is dealing with a neck issue, leaving his status for Sunday's clash with the Lions hazy.

  • Maxx Williams

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Williams is on the injured reserve list with an ankle injury, and it is unknown when he will rejoin the team.