Cardinals vs. Jets: Final Game Grades and Analysis for Arizona

Cooper AllenAnalyst IIDecember 1, 2012

Cardinals vs. Jets: Final Game Grades and Analysis for Arizona

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    Arizona 6

    New York 7

    After leading at halftime, the Arizona Cardinals could not capitalize on the numerous chances that they were given to put up points. They have now dropped eight straight and it is doubtful that they will win another game this year.

    Forget playing spoiler, it is time for this team to start looking towards the offseason. Get a few of the backups some playing time and see what you have.

    It has been a rough couple of months for Cardinals fans.

    Here are your final game grades and analysis for Arizona in their 7-6 loss to the New York Jets.

Ryan Lindley

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    Final Grade: F

    Here is the final stat line for Ryan Lindley... feel free to laugh when you read it. 10-for-31 (32 percent completion). Now, if he were the three batter for the Diamondbacks then this would be great.

    Unfortunately, he is playing football and not baseball. In addition to the awful completion percentage, he also threw for just 72 yards, had no touchdowns and an interception.

    Of his 21 incompletions, most of them were nowhere close to catchable. He missed open receivers like it was his day job and should not start again until at least 2014.

Running Backs

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    Grade: D

    With Ryan Lindley not being able to complete a pass, the Jets defense was able to stack the box against the Cardinals, eliminating the running game.

    If Rashad Johnson counts as a running back, then this grade would be a lot higher, but when you take away his 40-yard scramble, the numbers are laughable.

    Between Beanie Wells, LaRod Stephens-Howling and William Powell, they carried the ball 20 times for 41 yards. Powell did fairly well, averaging 4.5 yards over four carries, but Wells and Stephens-Howling were getting nowhere.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

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    Grade: B

    You really can’t fault any of the receivers for this loss. Larry Fitzgerald had a catch early on and was open multiple times throughout the game. On one play in particular he was so wide open that your average armchair quarterback might have been able to hit him.

    Michael Floyd was targeted 10 times, but he and Lindley were only able to hook up twice for 22 yards. He had an outstanding catch on the sidelines and had a fairly successful game.

    Early Doucet caught the passes thrown to him, which is an improvement over most weeks.

    It is great to see Rob Housler getting involved more and more each week. Whether it is with Arizona or not, he will be a stud in this league.

Offensive Line

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    Grade: C+

    Two sacks were allowed in this game which is a huge improvement over the nine sacks they allowed just a couple of months ago against the Rams.

    This offensive line has played much better over the past few weeks and did quite well today considering they were without Lyle Sendlein.

    It will be very interesting to see how they address the line this offseason. A few weeks ago offensive tackle was their biggest issue, but it is nowhere close now. Nate Potter and Bobby Massie are playing well and Levi Brown will be back from injury in 2013.

    If they can continue to improve each week, then it will allow the front office to address other needs through free agency and the draft.

Defensive Line

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    Grade: A

    For the second week in a row, David Carter started in place of the injured Calais Campbell. That is the scary thing about this Arizona defense. Even with one of their stars on the shelf, they were still able to hold the Rams to just 17 points and the Jets to just a touchdown.

    Everyone on the defensive line was solid. Dan Williams had 10 tackles on the day; six of which were solo tackles. Darnell Dockett added four more and also had half a sack.

    A name you don’t hear very often is Ronald Talley, but he has made some solid plays over the past couple of weeks.  

    Their only downfall was the personal foul call on Williams and the fact that Shonn Greene rushed for over 100 yards.

Linebackers

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    Grade: A+

    Daryl Washington added to his defensive player of the year resume this week by recording another nine tackles and a fumble recovery. He was all over the field in this game and is developing into one of the best defensive players in the league.

    Quentin Groves and Sam Acho were also making plays on the outside. Groves has six tackles today and Acho picked up a sack. Paris Lenon has slowed down this season and is in danger of losing his job to Stewart Bradley.

    Other than a missed tackle by Lenon, their linebacker core was solid in this game.

Secondary

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    Grade: A+

    The New York Jets are not known for being a passing team, but they definitely had their worst game throwing the football this week.

    It all started on their first offensive play of the game, when Mark Sanchez was picked off by former Jet Kerry Rhodes. The free safety would add another interception later in the quarter and Patrick Peterson would get in on the fun later in the ball game.

    William Gay also had a big game, with five tackles, a sack and a pass defended. The odd man out here was Adrian Wilson, who has been struggling as of late.

Special Teams

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    Final Grade: A-

    Patrick Peterson is no longer the special teams star that he was a year ago. After taking four to the house in his rookie year, he has yet to reach the endzone in 2012. He was not given much of an opportunity in this game as the Jets punted it out of bounds for the most part. He had one return for nine yards.

    With the way this offense is playing, it is a good thing that Arizona has a good punter. Dave Zastudil continues to thrive, pinning the Jets inside their own 20 on three occasions.

    Jay Feely scored all of the Cardinals points, converting two field goal tries on the day.

Coaching

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    Final Grade: D

    The play calling early in the game was not as bad as we are used to seeing. Mike Miller called a lot of run plays to try and take some pressure off of Lindley and mixed in a couple of screen passes.

    Ray Horton did a phenomenal job of preparing his group and even Russ Grimm had the offensive line ready to go. How much of the credit goes to him is debatable, but they are playing better.

    They receive such a low grade because of Ken Whisenhunt. He has done great things for this franchise, but his stubbornness and arrogance has gone too far. You live and die by the coach and right now, the Cardinals are dying.