Sunday, December 2, 2012
Wrap-up: Jets 7, Cardinals 6
By Mike Sando
Thoughts on the Arizona Cardinals' 7-6 road defeat to the New York Jets:
What it means: The Cardinals have lost eight in a row following their 4-0 start. Coach Ken Whisenhunt's decision to switch quarterbacks continued to produce no dividends, amplifying questions about whether Whisenhunt made the right move in benching John Skelton while leading Atlanta two weeks ago. Ryan Lindley completed eight of his first 25 passes with a pick. That wasn't nearly good enough.
What I liked: The Cardinals' defense continued to do its part. Arizona picked off Mark Sanchez three times, leading the Jets to bench Sanchez. Rashad Johnson gained 40 yards on a rushing play. Larry Fitzgerald had a 23-yard reception. Michael Floyd had a 16-yarder.
What I didn't like: The Cardinals have become unwatchable on offense, and they had five first downs. Lindley completed 10 of 31 attempts. The Cardinals needed to get points after dominating Sanchez and the Jets' offense. Lindley's inefficiency should not come as a huge surprise. He is a rookie sixth-round draft choice trying to assimilate after being named the starter well into the season. Still, if Whisenhunt and his staff know how to develop quarterbacks, we're not seeing evidence suggesting that is the case.
What's next: The Cardinals visit the Seattle Seahawks in Week 14.