The Arizona Cardinals are on the road again in Week 5, as they’re in New Jersey at MetLife Stadium for a meeting with the New York Jets. They are on the east coast for the second straight week after falling to the Carolina Panthers. The Cardinals were beaten by a comfortable margin of 31-21 on the scoreboard.
Kyler Murray didn’t have a bad game at all either. It might appear that way given the final score, but Murray at least showed up for his fantasy owners. Murray threw 3 touchdown passes and completed 24 of 31 pass attempts. He also rushed for 78 yards on 6 carries. The Cardinals are still in a fine position with a record of 2-2.
They can go either way from here. Which direction do they want to take? I know Kyler wants to take the Cardinals to the next level, but we’ll see if others, especially members of the defense want to get this team to the playoffs. While the Cardinals are a decent team, I believe they were hyped up by the public just a bit too much going into the season.
The Cardinals still have some holes to cover up before we should begin to take them as a legitimate contender. They have their quarterback and a go-to wide receiver, but an additional different maker here and there is going to be necessary for the defense to elevate their game.
There is some good news on the injury front for the Cardinals’ defense going into Sunday afternoon. Safety Chris Banjo was upgraded this week, and Budda Baker will be playing with a cast after undergoing thumb surgery. If those two are on the field together this afternoon, then that could be the difference makers the Cardinals are looking for after giving up 31 points last week.
The Jets are looking for any signs of life this week versus the Cardinals. Playing a competitive game against the Cards would be a start. They will be going about this week without their starting quarterback, Sam Darnold. For all of the criticism that Darnold receives, he’s not that bad, but playing on a really bad team.
There aren’t a lot of quarterbacks in the NFL who would have success with this roster. Joe Flacco will fill in for Darnold against the Cardinals in Week 5. I’m not so sure how much motivation Flacco has at this point in his career, but let’s see what he has on Sunday. Head below for our free Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Jets pick for October 11, 2020.
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Kyler Murray hopes to be the long term solution for the Cardinals in Arizona. As long as his legs don’t begin to slow down prematurely, then Murray should be in the desert for a while. His decision making can be questionable at times, though. It was evident against the Detroit Lions two weeks ago. A pass right to Jeff Okudah in a clutch moment of the game was a head scratcher.
Overall this season, Murray has passed for 7 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 68.8% completions. What makes him so fun to watch is his ability to pick up yards with his legs. Murray has notched 265 yards on the ground with 4 touchdowns. He rushed for 4 touchdowns last season, so he’s already matched that through Week 4.
The presence of DeAndre Hopkins on the field helps give Murray more freedom to run. It was easy for defenses to play close to the line and take away Murray’s ability to run the football. They can’t do that as much with Hopkins stretching the field. The Cardinals have averaged 370.2 yards per game. They’ve implemented a balanced attack, which has been easier to do with Hopkins in the mix.
I think the Jets can do a reasonable job containing the Cardinals’ offense in this game. They won’t be able to hold down Murray completely, but maybe enough to give Flacco a puncher’s chance. This is where I have no confidence in the Jets on Sunday afternoon. The Jets’ offensive line has not been able to hold up well in 2020.
With Darnold, he has enough mobility to rollout and buy time with his legs. That’s certainly not the case with Flacco, who is a standing statue in the pocket. The Jets have been the worst offense in the league with Darnold starting.
They’ve accumulated 278 yards per game with just 179.5 passing yards per game. Le’Veon Bell is expected to play in Week 5, but is he really going to change the offense that much? Certainly the offense is better with him on the field. However, it’s hard to see Flacco doing his part in helping this offense show improvements. A 10-point win looks doable for the Cardinals at MetLife Stadium in Week 5.