Sunday, December 2, 2012

Jets expect 'run, run, run, play-action' from Cardinals


The Arizona Cardinals will be starting sixth-round rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley Sunday when they play visitor to the New York Jets, and the Jets don't expect the Cardinals to leave much to chance. (photo: Football Schedule, Flickr)

“They have a rookie quarterback, so they are going to try to keep the game plan conservative — run, run, run and play-action," Jets linebacker David Harris told Eric Allen of

If you thought the Jets' offense was anemic, you'll get a major dose of reality when the Cardinals take the field at MetLife Stadium Sunday.

The Cardinals have given up a league-most 46 sacks and have the worst third-down offense in the league, converting on less than 29 percent of third downs. Additionally, Lindley will be taking snaps from Rich Ohrnberger, who is making his first start of the season in place for the injured offensive co-captain Lyle Sendlein.

Arizona and its 30th-ranked rushing offense will hope to exploit the Jets' 30th-ranked run defense, because if New York stuffs the run and makes the Cardinals' offense one-dimensional (which I think it will), Lindley and Co. will be in for a long afternoon.

In his first career start last week, Lindley was picked off four times by the St. Louis Rams.

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