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Red Birds Drop Eighth Straight, 7-6 to New York Jets

December 2nd, 2012 at 6:19 PM
By Steve Smith

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There is ugly and then there is really ugly.

This was really ugly.

The Arizona Cardinals dropped their eighth straight game, 7-6, to the New York Jets Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. They are now 4-8 on the season. Their season is effectively over now.

How ugly was Arizona's performance?

Try this on for size: the Cardinals were 0-for-15 on third down conversions. Yes, 0-for-15. That is almost impossible to do.

How ugly? Rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley completed just 10 of 31 passes for 72 yards and an interception. Many of his throws were nowhere near his receivers. Sure, it was just his second NFL start but he looked like the worst quarterback in the league. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is basically useless these days – he had one catch for 23 yards.

Third string quarterback Greg McElroy  replaced an ineffective Mark Sanchez for the Jets (5-7) in the third quarter and led them to their only score of the game, a one-yard touchdown toss to tight end Jeff Cumberland on the initial play of the fourth quarter. McElroy  replaced Sanchez because backup QB Tim Tebow was inactive due to a rib injury.

McElroy looked good in his short stint, completing five of seven for 29 yards and the touchdown. Sanchez, on the other hand, was brutal as the Red Birds picked him off three times, two by former Jet Kerry Rhodes.

Arizona's leading rusher was Rashad Johnson, who scampered 40 yards on a fake punt in the second quarter. Beanie Wells was held to 22 yards on 15 carries.

Shonn Greene paced all rushers with 104 yards on 24 carries.

Kevin Kolb can't return soon enough for the Cardinals.

But now it looks like it's too late.

Arizona (4-8) 0 3 0 3 – 6

NY Jets (5-7) 0 0 0 7 – 7

ARZ – Feely 48 field goal

NYJ – Cumberland 1 pass from McElroy (Folk kick)

ARZ – Feely 35 field goal


Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Beanie Wells, Football, Greg McElroy, Jeff Cumberland, Kerry Rhodes, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Sanchez, NFL, Ryan Lindley

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