PHOENIX, AZ- The Jets' season continues to head south after a 28-3 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Collectively, the Jets were pathetic in every facet of the game, committing 10 penalties and turning the ball over.
David Johnson (22 carries, 111 yards and three touchdowns) was the star of the game. In the first quarter, Johnson got things going for the Cardinals with a 58-yard touchdown run down the left sideline. On the following drive, Brandon Marshall (three catches for 70 yards) made an 11-yard grab picking up a first down for the Jets, their only first down of the quarter. But two consecutive false start penalties forced the team to punt the ball, something the Jets did often tonight. The Jets finished the game 2-of-13 on third downs.
"They beat us all the way around," head coach Todd Bowles said after the game.
The Jet offense was horrendous. Ryan Fitzpatrick (16-31, 174 yards and one interception) was wildly inaccurate and eventually replaced by backup Geno Smith (4-6, 31 yards and one interception) late in the fourth quarter. Down 21-3, the Jets were in the red zone when Fitzpatrick was intercepted by D.J. Swearinger. This season, Fitzpatrick has thrown 10 interceptions in the second half, and four in the red zone which is the most in the NFL.
"The biggest thing that I can point and look at is that I have to play better," Fitzpatrick said.
Johnson capped an 11-play 75-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run putting the Cardinals up 14-3. A Nick Folk 39-yard field goal in the second quarter were the only points the Jets scored tonight.
"We're not scoring, we're not moving the ball," said Bowles.
The Jets had a chance to score points before the half, but fell out of field goal range due to penalties, they had eight at halftime. The run game was no where to be found. The Jets managed just 33 yards rushing on 14 attempts.
On defense, the Jets played well after giving up an early touchdown to Johnson, but struggled to get any pressure (zero sacks, zero turnovers) on quarterback Carson Palmer (23-34, 213 yards and one touchdown). Buster Skrine committed four penalties tonight. Some were questionable calls but the Cardinals definitely made it their business to target Skrine.
Gang Green got the ball to start the third quarter, but quickly went three and out. Arizona would respond with a 14-play 68 yard drive that ended with another two-yard touchdown run by Johnson. The drive lasted more than seven and a half minutes. The Cardinals offense controlled the ball for 36 minutes and registered 28 first downs.
Arizona used another long drive to put the game away. This time it was 14 plays 89 yards. Michael Floyd (2 catches, 22 yards one touchdown) caught a nine yard touchdown pass, which put the Cardinals up 28-3.
With eight minutes left in the game, Smith was inserted into the game during garbage time. On fourth and eleven, Smith was intercepted by Tyrann Mathieu.
The Jets are now 1-5 and will host the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday.
RT Brent Qvale left the game in the 2nd quarter with a stinger and did not return.
WR Charone Peake left the game in the 3rd quarter with a chest injury and did not return.
LB Darron Lee left the game with an ankle injury and did not return.
Marcus Reynolds is a staff writer for JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@Marcus_JRNL), or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).