Oddsmakers have the Cardinals set as 7.5-point home favorites in this non-conference clash on Monday Night Football. If you’re on the fence about this primetime game, why not take advice from the sources who know these two teams the best.
Joe Caporoso, editor in chief of Jets blog Turn On The Jets, and Jess Root, editor of Cardinals blog Cards Wire, throw down under the Monday night lights, giving three teams why their side will not only win but cover the spread in Week 6.
WHY THE JETS COVER
Joe Caporoso is the editor in chief of Turn On The Jets. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
Progression to the mean
The Jets have underachieved to start the season. They have generated limited pressure, despite having a stacked defensive line. They have created limited turnovers, despite having opportunities to make plays on defense. They have repeatedly settled for field goals in the red zone, instead of converting to touchdowns. New York is due to catch a few interceptions Carson Palmer will inevitably throw to their defensive backs, fall on a fumble see their defensive line snap out of their slumber, and break through in the red zone.
The other guys
The Jets’ two most explosive players on offense are likely their two most underused to this point: Bilal Powell and Quincy Enunwa. With Arizona focused on limiting Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte, the Jets’ secondary options could be poised for some friendly matchups where they will be in position to create big plays if Chan Gailey and Ryan Fitzpatrick oblige. Enunwa plays every position on the field for the Jets, so they should be able to keep him away from the Honeybadger at times.
Darrelle Revis is likely to return to the lineup and should be helpful for the Jets slowing down Larry Fitzgerald on third downs, if they mirror him to the slot for the matchup. The rest of the secondary has been a mess of miscommunication, so look for the Jets to go back to basic coverages and play more conservatively to keep everything in front of them to prevent the big play. If Arizona has to put together longer scoring drives, they are more likely to fall victim to a Palmer mental error.
WHY THE CARDINALS COVER
Jess Root is an editor for Cards Wire. Following them on Twitter and Facebook.
The Cardinals win at home against non-division opponents and in primetime. They are 16-1 against teams not in the NFC West. Arizona is also 8-3 in primetime with Bruce Arians as coach. You can also add the stat that the Jets are 0-4 this season against 2015 playoff teams.
Birds of prey
Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Cardinals defense are a good combination for Arizona. Fitzpatrick leads the NFL with 10 interceptions thrown. Arizona has picked off seven passes, one off the league lead. Turnovers typically determine the outcome of games, so the easy money is on Fitzpatrick throwing an interception or two.
Carson Palmer is back and should get the Cardinals passing offense going against a terrible New York pass defense which is ranked 31st in the league. They give up more than 300 yards per game so far this season and they have allowed 12 passing touchdowns with opposing QBs boasting a passer rating of 118.0.
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