NFL Week 13 odds: Arizona at NY Jets
Two teams going nowhere and two coaches in some jeopardy face off on Sunday when Arizona and the Jets square off. Arizona (4-7) opened the season 4-0 before its current seven-game tailspin put it practically out of playoff contention. New York also is 4-7 and comes off a 49-19 loss to New England on Thanksgiving. The Jets surrendered 35 points in the second quarter with three touchdowns coming in a span of 52 seconds.
Jets QB Mark Sanchez has thrown four touchdowns and four interceptions while completing 61.3 percent of his passes for 1,214 yards with an 80.5 passer rating while the Jets have lost four of five. Sanchez ranks in the bottom five of qualified quarterbacks in completion percentage (51.5) when facing five or more rushers this season. The Cardinals have sent such pressure 39.7 percent of the time, the fifth-highest rate in the NFL.
The Jets’ offense has had no identity much of the season. The Jets have shown the ability to have a physical ground attack at times but haven’t been consistent, averaging 3.8 yards per attempt. Their air assault is even less impressive — it’s ranked 25th at 201 yards per contest. The Cardinals have been solid defensively, especially versus the pass, but were gashed on the ground in Week 12 versus the Rams, giving up 173 yards. Look for offensive coordinator Tony Sparano to get back to the basics with a power running attack and high-percentage passing game this week.
The Cards again start rookie QB Ryan Lindley. His inexperience showed in his first NFL start last weekend, tossing four interceptions — with two returned for scores — while completing 31 of 52 passes for 312 yards in a 31-17 loss to St. Louis. Arizona is trying to avoid its first eight-game losing streak since Sept. 17-Nov. 12, 2006.
The Jets have used five or more rushers 32.4 percent of the time this season, the lowest rate of the Rex Ryan era. The Jets have been ineffective using such pressure this season, allowing nine more touchdowns than interceptions, the worst rate in the NFL.
WAGERWEB.COM OPENING LINE: Jets -4.5 (36.5) Check out current lines
CARDINALS NOTES: Have won 4 of past 5 in Dec/Jan. … Rookie QB Ryan Lindley made 1st career start last week & passed for 312 yards … RB Beanie Wells rushed for 2 TDs last week, his 3rd career game with 2 rush TDs. RB LaRod Stephens-Howling has rush TD in 3 of past 5 … WR Larry Fitzgerald had 8 catches for 122 yards (15.3 avg.) in last game at NYJ. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with TD catch. Since 2007 (incl. playoffs), leads NFL with 7,812 yards & 62 rec. TDs. Has 100 yards in 3 of past 4 in Dec/Jan. WR Andre Roberts had career-high 9 catches (92 yards) last week. Has 100 yards or TD in 4 of past 5 in Dec. Has 3 TDs in past 3 vs. AFC … LB Daryl Washington had sack last week. Has 10 sacks in past 12. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (Clay Matthews) with 14 sacks, 3 INTs & 2 FFs since 2011. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with FF. DT Darnell Dockett aims for 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 0.5 sack. Has 6 sacks in past 7 games in Dec/Jan. DE Calais Campbell has 9 sacks in past 12 Dec. games. S Kerry Rhodes played 1st 5 seasons (2005-09) with NYJ & had 15 INTs & 9 sacks. CB Patrick Peterson aims for 4th in row vs. AFC with INT or FR. Had INT last week … K Jay Feely played 2 seasons (2008-09) with NYJ & scored 100 points in each.
JETS NOTES: Dating back to 10/22/78, Jets are 5-0 against Cardinals … In past 2, QB Mark Sanchez has completed 41 of 56 passes (73.2 pct.) for 479 yards with 2 TDs & 103.2 passer rating. Club has 10-2 record (.833) when Sanchez has 100 rating … For career, RB Shonn Greene averages 103.3 rush yards per game with 20 att. Club is 5-0 when Greene has 100 rush yards. Green has 5 rush TDs in past 5 in Dec. RB Bilal Powell has 3 rush TDs in past 2 games … WR Jeremy Kerley tied career-high with 7 receptions last week … TE Dustin Keller had 24-yard TD reception in only meeting vs. Arz. Posted 2nd TD reception of season last week … LB David Harris leads team with 85 tackles. LB Calvin Pace was selected No. 18 overall in 2003 NFL Draft & spent 5 seasons with Cardinals. Registered 6 tackles, 1 sack, FF & FR in only meeting vs. Arz. (9/28/08) … KR-RB Joe McKnight has 28.4 KR avg. tied for 3rd-best in AFC.
WAGERWEB.COM TRENDS: Cardinals are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss. Cardinals are 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. Cardinals are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game. Cardinals are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. Jets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game. Jets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss. Jets are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games in Week 13. Jets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home.