New York Jets vs. Arizona Cardinals: Match-Up Thoughts

Joe Caporoso with match-up thoughts on the New York Jets vs. Arizona Cardinals…

Some final thoughts on the New York Jets/Arizona Cardinals match-up in advance of tonight’s game…

1. One of the few places the Jets have an advantage tonight is their ability to stop the run compared to Arizona. If they can make the Cardinals one dimensional, Carson Palmer is going to throw them a few. If they can execute a Matt Forte and Bilal Powell heavy game plan, both running the football and in the short passing game, it will give Ryan Fitzpatrick less opportunities to make mistakes. The Jets don’t want to get into a track meet with Arizona. Shorten the game. Win the turnover battle and this one will be there for the taking in the 4th quarter.

2. The Jets have not been moving corners around a ton this season but I’m curious if we see a decent amount of Darrelle Revis on Larry Fitzgerald, Buster Skrine on John Brown and Marcus Williams on Michael Floyd. If Revis has his head/mind right, it should be a good battle with Fitzgerald who isn’t a burner but wins on physicality and precision route running. Revis has always been a technician and has done well with these types of matchups in the past. Does he still have it in him?

3. Despite giving up a big play early, the Jets actually ran a relatively conservative gameplan against Pittsburgh. It sounds like we may see a more aggressive approach tonight against an occasionally shaky Arizona offensive line. Keep an eye out for a more blitz heavy gameplan to help support pressure from the defensive line. This feels like a game we could see the field flooded with defensive backs who are frequently sent after the quarterback.

4. Recurring themes for my Twitter Feed tonight:  More Bilal Powell and more Quincy Enunwa. The Jets need these guys with the ball in their hands and to win one on one matchups to create big plays for a stagnant offense. Powell needs more carries and Enunwa needs more manufactured touches via screens and carries.

5. Outside of their “big four” – Marshall, Forte, Powell and Enunwa. Can a supplementary player make a big play for the Jets tonight on offense? Namely, Robby Anderson or Charone Peake? They need their quarterback to oblige but the with all the attention elsewhere, the opportunities will be there.

6. Sheldon Richardson is a long overdue for a big game…

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports