New York Jets vs. Arizona Cardinals Matchup Preview (10/11/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
In this week’s NFL matchup, the New York Jets will stay at home to take on the Arizona Cardinals. The Jets are still looking for their first win of the season through four weeks, while also contemplating whether or not to keep Adam Gase at the head coaching position. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are on a two-game losing streak after coming out firing in the first two weeks. They will look to get back on track to stay in the hunt in the NFC West for playoff contention. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the New York Jets vs. Arizona Cardinals Matchup Page.
Date: Sunday, October 11th, 2020
Time: 1:05 PM ET
Location: MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, New Jersey
TV Coverage: FOX
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New York Jets: Questionable to play: Ashtyn Davis, Jordan Willis, Chuma Edoga, Steve McLendon, George Fant, Mekhi Becton, Sam Darnold, Blessuan Austin
Arizona Cardinals: Questionable to play: Budda Baker, Chris Banjo, Devon Kennard, D.J. Foster
New York Jets Analysis
The New York Jets are coming off of their fourth straight loss this past week against an injured and below-average Denver Broncos team. The Jets have been consistently ranked the worst team in the NFL alongside their neighbor the New York Giants. Their offense is a complete mess and their defense looks completely unmotivated, even while being a decent NFL defense. The Jets almost lost Darnold last game, and if he does need to miss some time I would be scared to know what this team would look like without him.
Sam Darnold, while a below-average quarterback, is holding this team together against their opponents. He is receiving no help from his offensive line, receiving core, and is missing not having Leveon Bell in the backfield with him. The offense in total ranks second to last in the league in points per game and the Jets as a team are losing by an average of 16.5 points per game. With some miracle, it should be known that the Cardinals defense has been giving up a healthy amount of points to their below .500 opponents which could help the Jets offense.
Last week, the Jets embarrassingly lost to a Denver Broncos team that turned to their third-string rookie quarterback. The Jets defense created three interceptions and one touchdown off of one of those interceptions, and still lost by two scores. If that doesn’t tell you something about the Jets defense in total, then I don’t know what will. The offense only produced one touchdown and was left hanging in Denver’s territory by forcing Sam Ficken to kick five field goals.
The Jets need some serious help to get themselves back on track. They will still be without Leveon and Breshad Perriman next week, but the rest of their team should be ready to go. If their defense can hold back Deandre Hopkins and put pressure on Kyler Murray, they could make the game interesting. However, with how morale looks for the New York Jets, I am not sure they have much hope left for the season.
New York Jets Depth Chart
Arizona Cardinals Analysis
The Arizona Cardinals are coming off of a two-game losing streak to even up their season to 2-2 in the competitive NFC West. They have lost back to back games to the Detroit Lions and the Carolina Panthers, two average teams in the league. Kyler Murray needs to step up his game along with the Cardinals linebackers to get their team back to a winning record. They are given a free-throw on their schedule this Sunday as they face up against the New York Jets.
Kyler Murray has been putting up above-average statistics this season in the NFL. He is above-average in touchdowns, completions, and completion percentage. However, he has struggled with turnovers this season after allowing a costly three interceptions against the Lions and a lost fumble to the Panthers last week. To be honest, he has been targeting Deandre Hopkins an unreasonable amount that makes/breaks their offense on whether or not he is open. Kyler needs to take advantage of double coverage on Hopkins and spread the ball to his other receivers.
Kenyan Drake has been helping a strong running game for the Cardinals as he and Kyler have placed the Cardinals in the top ten of rushing yards and touchdowns this season. Although, with the number of touches he receives his yards per carry has dragged him down to a disappointing 3.8 yards per carry. Kyler has excelled in this category, leading the league with 8.3 yards per carry. Kenyan has only been in the endzone once this year and will need to step up his game to help the Cardinals advance the ball any other way that isn’t Deandre Hopkins.
The Cardinal defense has been holding their own mostly on the defensive line by putting pressure on the quarterback and containing opposing rushing schemes. They rank ninth in quarterback sacks and above-average in every category of rushing defense. Their trouble has mostly been with linebackers and their secondary passing defense. They allow a lot of catches to opposing running backs and tight ends and need to take care of that when they take on the Jets.
Overall, even though the Cardinals have slipped up in the past two weeks they are still a solid team in the NFL this season. Their offense and defense are going into this week both ranking 16th (per NFL.com) and rank 16th as a team too. No side of the ball is truly better than the other and if both the offense and defense play well together they will be a dangerous team. They should get back into a rhythm against the New York Jets in week five.
Arizona Cardinals Depth Chart
Betting Corner Cardinals -6.5
Spread: +/- 6.5
Moneyline: Cardinals -360, Jets +280
Spread: Cardinals -6.5
Moneyline: Cardinals -360
Over/Under: Over 47.5
The spread is very low for the Cardinals most likely because they have struggled in the past two weeks against mediocre teams. However, I think sports bettors should take advantage of the spread and the money line for this week against the Jets. The Cardinals are in a must-win situation to get back on track in the NFC West and will take advantage of the New York Jets to make that happen.
The Cardinals’ defense is not spectacular enough for me to be pushed towards the under for this game. The Jets can score the football, and we know it’s highly probable that the Cardinals will score the ball a lot against them on Sunday. As most of the NFL games have been this season, I like the over of 47.5.
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Fantasy Football Love/Hate
Kenyan Drake has been slow to get started for his fantasy owners. He has averaged under 10 fantasy points per game after being valued near the top ten of running backs before the season. His potential relies on the healthy amount of touches he gets and I think he will see his second endzone appearance in week two against the New York Jets bottom-tier defense. Kenyan Drake is most likely a must-start for most teams with the ceiling of RB2 numbers.
Breshad Perriman has been disappointing for owners who watched him outperform many solid receivers in the final regular-season weeks last season. He has been injured but should make a return next week against the Cardinals. Considering that Jamison Crowder may see the most attention from Patrick Peterson in the Cardinals secondary, Perriman could see more targets in his return. I like him as a possible waiver wire addition for a flex spot if necessary.
Frank Gore was appealing to fantasy owners knowing the number of touches he would get would be high. However, he does not do much with those touches and the offensive line is too substandard to help him in any way. I would keep Gore off of rosters and stay patient for those with Leveon Bell.