TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Two touchdowns in two weeks were enough for
two victories on the road for the New York Jets.
The Jets beat the Arizona Cardinals 13-3 on Sunday to improve to
8-3 in their quest for, at the very least, a wild-card playoff
"You don't have to look at the scoreboard and see what
everybody else did. All you've go to do is win," coach Herman
Edwards said. "No matter how ugly it looks, we've got to win
Quincy Carter came back from a head injury to deliver the
knockout blow against Arizona.
Carter left after the third play of the game, but returned to
throw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss.
"This is a tough league, man, and you're going to take some
bites and you're going to take some hits," Carter said. "It's how
you get back up and respond. All I know is I wanted to play
football today no matter what happened."
The sluggish triumph followed a 10-7 victory at Cleveland a week
"When you play defense like that, you've always got a chance to
win on the road," Edwards said.
Martin and Emmitt Smith brought 30,817 career yards rushing into
the game -- the most by two backs playing in the same contest in NFL
history. But Smith wasn't around long, spraining his left big toe
on his left foot late in the first quarter. He played in the next
series, then left the game for good.
Arizona (4-7) managed only a 20-yard field goal by Neil Rackers
as the first half ended.
Shaun King got his second straight start for the Cardinals,
going 14-for-26 for 119 yards. He was booed roundly, starting with
his second pass, and there were growing chants of "Josh, Josh,
Josh McCown, starter in the first nine games, came on in the
fourth quarter after Jonathan Vilma intercepted King's pass at the
Jets 5-yard line. The Cardinals had driven from their 21 to the New
York 21 when King lobbed a pass far short of intended receiver
Larry Fitzgerald and into Vilma's hands.
"That was probably the easiest throw I had all day," King
said. "I just threw it short. He was so open and I tried to make
it look pretty instead of just throwing it."
McCown was intercepted twice -- in the end zone by Barrett with
1:50 to play and by Terrell Buckley as the game ended.
Coach Dennis Green said he hadn't decided who would start at
quarterback next Sunday at Detroit. Arizona is 0-2 and scored 13
points in King's two starts.
"Any strategy that doesn't work you're not pleased with,"
Green said when asked if switching to King had been a mistake.
Carter left after he was hit by Russell Davis as he threw, then
two more Cardinals jumped on the pile. Brooks Bollinger got his
first NFL action in relief of Carter. Bollinger had been the
third-stringer before Chad Pennington went down with a strained
right rotator cuff.
Edwards praised the play of Bollinger, who was 5-for-9 for 60
yards and helped give the Jets good field position when Carter
Carter was back for New York's first scoring drive. Martin
carried five times for 36 yards, including a 19-yarder, to set up
Brien's 28-yarder with 3:28 remaining in the half.
Roughing-the-passer and offside penalties helped Arizona on its
lone scoring drive, which stalled at the 6, and Rackers' field goal
tied it at halftime.
New York took the lead on its first possession of the second
half on Brien's 46-yarder. The next time the Jets had the ball,
Carter threw long to Moss down the right sideline. The ball went
through the hands of defender Renaldo Hill.
"I was there in great position, jumped over him and the ball
just went right through my hands," Hill said. "I've got to make
Moss grabbed it at the 20 and ran untouched to the end zone to
put New York ahead 13-3.
The victory was especially sweet for Jets guard Pete Kendall,
who was cut by Green at the start of this year's training camp -- a
move that shocked him.
"This is a big win for me, it means an awful lot to me,"
Kendall said. "There's only one guy on that sidelines that I don't
like. All the rest of them I think an awful lot of."
Moss' TD catch was the longest reception of his
four-year NFL career. ... Green said even rookie John Navarre would
be in the mix at quarterback. ... The Cardinals had won three in a
row at home.