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Instant Analysis: Jets-Cardinals

Green & White Fall to 1-5, Drop a 28-3 Decision to the Cardinals


Geno Enters Late:Todd Bowles made a QB change in the fourth, replacing Ryan Fitzpatrick with Geno Smith. It was Smith's first action of the 2016 season as he entered with the visitors trailing 28-3.  Smith went 4-of-6 and was intercepted by DB Tyrann Mathieu on a desperation fourth down heave.

Stagnant Offense: The Green & White couldn't get anything going offensively on Monday Night. Despite the Cardinals entering Week 6 with the NFL's No. 23 rushing defense, Matt Forte was held to just 19 yards on his nine carries. And Fitzpatrick had a tough evening, completing 16 of 31 for 174 yards with a red zone interception. A week after the Jets went 2-of-11 on third down in a loss at Pittsburgh, the Green & White did not convert a single third down in the opening 40 minutes as they were 0-of-8.  Fitzpatrick ended the dry spell with conversions late in third to rookies Charone Peake and Jalin Marshall respectively, but the club was successful on two of its first 13 attempts.

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Cards Ride Johnson:Standout runner David Johnson became the first back this season to rush for more than 100 yards against the Jets. Johnson, who opened the scoring and electrified the crowd with a 58-yard run on his second carry, finished with 3 TDs on the ground. The Jets bottled him up at times, holding Johnson to just 11 yards on his other 10 first half carries. But the Cards stayed with the ground game in the second half as they put the game away. He averaged 5.0 yards a carry, finishing with 111 yards on 22 carries.

Changes at ILB: David Harris saw his 121 game consecutive start streak snapped, missing this contest with a hamstring injury. Rookie Darron Lee started in his Harris' place alongside Erin Henderson. In sub packages, Bruce Carter entered and played with Lee. Then when Lee went down in the third stanza, he was replaced in the base by Carter. Henderson finished with seven tackles.

Laundry in the Desert: The Green & White were charged with eight penalties in the opening half for 59 yards. There were a pair of eye-opening calls on both CB Darrelle Revis and CB Buster Skrine for holding and pass interference respectively. It was a flag-filled Week 6 as the Jets finished with 10 infractions for 83 yards and the Cards had 9 penalties for 64 yards.

Marshall the Spark: The Jets, who couldn't get the ground game going early, relied on Brandon Marshall as the veteran receiver accounted for 70 of the team's 130 yards before half. Rookie Charone Peake, a seventh-round pick from Clemson, led the club with 5 receptions for 43 yards.

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