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David Johnson scores three TDs as Cardinals throttle Jets

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 17:  Outside linebacker Alex Okafor #57 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates with Kevin Minter #51 after a sack on quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets during the fourth quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 17, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Arizona Cardinals finally showed that they can still occasionally play to the form of the 13-3 team that made the NFC Championship game a season ago.

Meanwhile, the New York Jets are a hot mess that don’t resemble their 2015 form in the slightest.

David Johnson rushed for 111 yards and three touchdowns, Carson Palmer passed for 213 yards and a touchdown and the Arizona defense intercepted Jets quarterbacks twice in a 28-3 romp on Monday night.

Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched midway through the fourth quarter and replaced by Geno Smith after another ineffectual performance. Fitzpatrick passed for just 174 yards and was intercepted by D.J. Swearinger in the end zone as the Jets were trying to find the end zone for the first time all night. Fitzpatrick has now been intercepted 11 times this season and thrown just five touchdowns. He only had 15 interceptions all of last season.

But it wasn’t all on Fitzpatrick either. New York manages just 11 total first downs and were just 2 of 13 on third down. Matt Forte and Bilal Powell rushed for just 29 yards on 12 carries.

Smith was 4 of 6 for 31 yards and was intercepted by Tyrann Mathieu on his only drive of the game in relief of Fitzpatrick. Drew Stanton also saw time for Arizona after Carson Palmer sat due to a strained hamstring and a 25-point lead.

The victory sets up a significant chance for Arizona to jump back into the NFC playoff picture after a slow start to the season. The Cardinals host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football next week with a chance to cut into their rival’s division lead.

The Jets will be forced to determine if they can still run Fitzpatrick out at quarterback or if they need to make a change to Smith, Christian Hackenberg, Bryce Petty or anyone else they can find that could be more productive than Fitzpatrick has been through the first six weeks of the season.

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25 Responses to “David Johnson scores three TDs as Cardinals throttle Jets”
  1. jakehoyt says: Oct 17, 2016 11:45 PM

    DJ beat running back in the NFL. No one compares

  2. MostlyRight says: Oct 17, 2016 11:49 PM

    Can’t wait for AZ vs Seattle next week Sunday night.

  3. VenerableAxiom says: Oct 17, 2016 11:49 PM

    Looking up at the Dolphins, no chance of the playoffs, no running game, and QB’s that are TO machines. Where are all the loud mouths now?

  4. patswhatsup says: Oct 18, 2016 12:01 AM

    Having David Johnson almost makes up for drafting Sammy Watkins and Keenan Allen…

  5. Jason T says: Oct 18, 2016 12:04 AM

    There are some great running backs in the league right now, but I’m hard-pressed to think any are playing better than David Johnson.

  6. jetphan says: Oct 18, 2016 12:07 AM

    That could be the end of Monday Night Football.

  7. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Oct 18, 2016 12:15 AM

    Jets! Jets! Jets! Lose! Lose! Lose!

  8. RL says: Oct 18, 2016 1:22 AM

    Fitz 5 td, 11 int, 1441 yards, brady 6 td, 0 int, 782 yards. good luck jets fans. HILARIOUS

  9. Pete Carroll is a 9/11 truther says: Oct 18, 2016 1:50 AM

    Best RBs in the NFC West:
    1) David Johnson
    2) Todd Gurley
    3) Carlos Hyde
    4) Kristin Michael/Todd Rawls/Russell Nanobubbles

  10. Duckhomie says: Oct 18, 2016 3:41 AM

    I would rather watch the WNBA. Another sorry example of why this league is heading in the wrong direction.

  11. kensilisacrook says: Oct 18, 2016 5:21 AM

    VenerableAxiom says:
    Oct 17, 2016 11:49 PM
    Looking up at the Dolphins, no chance of the playoffs, no running game, and QB’s that are TO machines. Where are all the loud mouths now?

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    You forgot an aging team with a bloated salary cap thanks to bad signings.

  12. bettywhiteshairnet says: Oct 18, 2016 6:02 AM

    jakehoyt says:
    Oct 17, 2016 11:45 PM

    DJ beat running back in the NFL. No one compares
    ———–

    He’s good, far from the best.

  13. uknepatsfan says: Oct 18, 2016 6:24 AM

    Still, on the plus side, they spent all their cap money bringing Revis “home” last season, so every cloud, eh Jets fans……

  14. mikeytoth says: Oct 18, 2016 7:34 AM

    Remember this bozos comment….

    RexCanCoach says:Sep 18, 2016 7:41 AM

    What’s alarming is that the NY Jets are a missed 22 yd field goal away from being 2-0 even with Revis getting burned.

    This is the year the Jets win the AFC East.
    You heard it here first.

    What a joke.

  15. footballfan58 says: Oct 18, 2016 7:47 AM

    VenerableAxiom says:

    Looking up at the Dolphins, no chance of the playoffs, no running game, and QB’s that are TO machines. Where are all the loud mouths now?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Trolling the Patriots. Seriously.

  16. qdog112 says: Oct 18, 2016 8:31 AM

    Great photo. Johnson scores 3 TDs, so let’s take this chance to show embattled backup QB, Geno Smith on his knees. That should aid in his rapid exit from the NFL.

    What’s the real message? Can we make this loss his fault, someway, anyway? Actually, Smith should have started the game and should start Sunday. He ought to be given the same tools that Fitz has had from the beginning, rather than setting him up to fail.

    The Jets seem to be trying to justify their ill-fated pursuit of Fitz and save face, for clearly looks like a mistake. Where would they be if they had gone with Geno from the start?

  17. pats74 says: Oct 18, 2016 8:47 AM

    I’ll say it again, and say it objectively, last season’s 10-6 record for the Jets was a farce. They had virtually no injures, only played 6 true road games, had one of the easiest schedules in the history of the NFL, and Fitz was fluky good at least until the last Buffalo game. There’s definitely talent on that roster, but the expectations should have been muted based on how everything fell for them last year.

  18. tylawspick6 says: Oct 18, 2016 8:59 AM

    Jets are the laughingstock. How do they even get primetime games?

    Does anyone know?

  19. guitarkevin says: Oct 18, 2016 9:10 AM

    After watching that game last night I actually think my Ravens might win another game this season……maybe.

  20. unclebluck says: Oct 18, 2016 9:50 AM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Oct 18, 2016 8:59 AM
    Jets are the laughingstock. How do they even get primetime games?

    Does anyone know?

    Sure. They are in the NYC market. The biggest in the nation. In Buffalo we are forced to watch Jets & Giants games every week because we are in the same eastern zone market…

  21. billmiller1991 says: Oct 18, 2016 11:13 AM

    It’s hard to keep track of all the bad and middling teams in the league. This is two of them. Last year Arizona thought they were pretty bad. This year they actually are literally bad. The Jets are the Jets. Quality? There are two or three teams that are legitimately any good in a given year, and somewhere between zero and one or two that are consistently good across consecutive seasons, depending on when you look at it. The Patriots are a consistently good team. Not a great team. But in today’s league they pass for great, thanks to the dreck they compete with. Does the NFL wonder why nobody’s watching? Anyone remember NFL Europe? That’s where the players fighting for a roster spot went to ‘develop’. The folded up NFL Europe in 2007, but now you can watch it in the form of last night’s MNF game, or probably a dozen of the games each week of the season.

  22. dwoofer says: Oct 18, 2016 11:19 AM

    Now if the refs will stop giving games to the Seahawks, the Cardinals will have a fair chance in the division.

  23. ryann252013 says: Oct 18, 2016 11:48 AM

    I was one of the few Jets fans who did not want Fitzpatrick back. Shame on Mangold, Marshall, and Decker for their protest for Fitz, I don’t blame Maccagnan for bringing Fitz back he was in danger of losing the locker room and at least it’s only a one year deal. Outside of Fitz the guy has been money.

    The real problem is Bowles, Geno has outright beat Fitzpatrick in offseason activities two years in a row and he stays on the bench. Making an example out of Buster Skrine is stupid, Skrine and Marcus Williams have been great this season but when you hang your cornerbacks out to dry by Blitzing on every down and leaving them on an island you can’t blame them. Not only does Blitzing get us torched by receivers it also gets us torched against TE’s and RB’s such an idiotic scheme. What message are you sending to your team when you go out and defend your highest paid players to the press but trash your O-Line (SHOCKINGLY GOOD DEPTH I MAY ADD) and best defensive back? Trash coach.

  24. ryann252013 says: Oct 18, 2016 11:52 AM

    By the way what’s with all the talk about Rex and Tannenbaum? Just because Rex has beaten up on cupcakes doesn’t mean he’s Vince Lombardi wait until they get into the tough part of the schedule with that offense. And T-bum is still a train wreck who traded for Byron Maxwell, Kiko Alonso, and bought into the Suh hype.

  25. pats74 says: Oct 18, 2016 3:13 PM

    ryann252013 says:
    Oct 18, 2016 11:48 AM
    I was one of the few Jets fans who did not want Fitzpatrick back. Shame on Mangold, Marshall, and Decker for their protest for Fitz, I don’t blame Maccagnan for bringing Fitz back he was in danger of losing the locker room and at least it’s only a one year deal. Outside of Fitz the guy has been money.

    The real problem is Bowles, Geno has outright beat Fitzpatrick in offseason activities two years in a row and he stays on the bench. Making an example out of Buster Skrine is stupid, Skrine and Marcus Williams have been great this season but when you hang your cornerbacks out to dry by Blitzing on every down and leaving them on an island you can’t blame them. Not only does Blitzing get us torched by receivers it also gets us torched against TE’s and RB’s such an idiotic scheme. What message are you sending to your team when you go out and defend your highest paid players to the press but trash your O-Line (SHOCKINGLY GOOD DEPTH I MAY ADD) and best defensive back? Trash coach.
    —————————————————————-
    You really think Mike Macca has been money aside from Fitz? It’s still early, but I think the jury is still out on a number of moves he’s made. Drafting Mecklenberger in the 2nd round? Signing Revis to that deal, although his hand may have been forced by the owner? Signing Skrine to that deal? He has not been great this season! Heck, maybe even signing Wilkerson to the deal he got? I think it’s a little premature to call him money.

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