Cardinals vs. Jets: Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis

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Cardinals vs. Jets: Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis
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The New York Jets were able to get past the Arizona Cardinals with a 7-6 victory, but starting quarterback Mark Sanchez did not help the cause, and he finished the game watching on the sidelines after being benched. 

Sanchez was 10-of-21 with 97 yards passing and had thrown three interceptions when head coach Rex Ryan benched him in favor of Greg McElroy, the team's third-string quarterback. Backup Tim Tebow missed the game due to injury. 

The move paid off, and McElroy's first drive of his career ended in a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeff Cumberland. The second-year QB out of Alabama finished the game going 5-of-7 for 29 yards and a score. 

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While the game's only touchdown came on a pass, it was the Jets' running game that led the team to victory. Shonn Greene had 24 carries for 104 yards, while Bilal Powell gained 58 yards on 12 attempts. 

Greene showed exceptional awareness late in the game when he purposely went down a few feet from the goal line with less than two minutes remaining, thereby ensuring his team a victory. 

The Jets' offensive struggles will be a major storyline moving forward due to Sanchez's benching, but the Cardinals were even worse in this contest. The team gained just 137 yards in total offense, and rookie Ryan Lindley went 10-of-31 for 72 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. 

 

Twitter Reaction

ESPN Stats & Info showed that the Jets should still look to improve their offensive output, as they are unlikely to win again while scoring so few points:

Grantland's Bill Barnwell noted that Mark Sanchez's situation is one that would push many of us to lash out and do something unreasonable, and he gave the QB credit for keeping his composure:

Faux John Madden chimed in during this game to provide perspective on how awful these offenses were today. For the record, Vikings RB Adrian Petersen ended with 220 total yards, while the Jets had 289 and the Cardinals had 137:

The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta reported after the game that the quarterback change was Rex Ryan's decision, and that he has not committed to a starter for next week:

ESPN radio host and avid Jets fan Mike Greenberg was simply thankful Ryan Lindley was not his team's quarterback:

Ian O'Connor of ESPN New York noted that Tim Tebow would have been an asset for the Jets in this game, but he wasn't exactly complimenting the Jets backup:

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