2012 NFL Week 13 Review: Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Jets

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Well, that was anything but exciting. The Cardinals dropped their 8th straight, and did so in the most boring of fashions too I might add. It was a hard fought battle until the end between the three quarterbacks, competing to prove who was less worthy of their starting gig. Mark Sanchez was able to win that battle, and his replacement Greg McElroy was able to win the game.

On offense, you could sum up the Cardinals performance as vile. If you exclude their 40 yard rush on a faked punt , they were only able to get 113 yards on the day, passing and rushing. Yes, a combined 113 yards. Ryan Lindley has to have some serious dirt on Ken Whisenhunt, because it almost made sense having him replace Skelton at the time, but up to this point he’s made John Skelton look Peyton Manning.

Lindley playing quarterback also means teams don’t have to respect the pass anymore, and it’s hurting their running game which really didn’t have any more room to drop off. Beanie Wells’ return from injury has seemingly helped. The Cardinals were 0 for 15 on third downs, 1 for 2 on fourths and had a combined four first downs on the day. Even scarier if you’re a Cardinals fan, Larry Fitzgerald was held to 1 reception for 23 yards. Where will it end?

The defense was spectacular again, although why they even show up anymore is beyond me at this point. There isn’t a word in the English language that can quantify the absurdity of losing a game in which your defense surrenders 7 points and forces 4 turnovers. Mark Sanchez’s favorite target, and former teammate Kerry Rhodes intercepted two passes on the day, and Patrick Peterson also had a beauty pick in the second. Peterson’s pick was Sanchez’s third on the day and could very well have been the straw that broke the camel’s back, and led to Sanchez’s eventual benching. If the Cardinals could have had as much success in defending the run as they did the pass, it’s easily conceivable that they win this game, with all 6 of the points they mustered on offense. Alas, they did no such thing, and the Jets racked up 177 yards on the day.

There’s good news, and there’s bad news for the Cardinals. How’s about the good first? Kolb is almost healthy, and as I keep reminding the Cards faithful the season is almost over. The Cardinals are also working their way into the top 5 in next year’s draft too. The bad news? I don’t even think Kolb’s return will have much of an effect in the win column, at least not this year.