John­son, Car­di­nals roll past list­less Jets 28-3

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GLEN­DALE: Stop­ping the run was one of the few things the New York Jets had done well this sea­son. Un­til they faced David John­son and the Ari­zona Car­di­nals.

John­son rushed for 111 yards and three touch­downs, and the Car­di­nals shut down the list­less Jets 28-3 on Mon­day night. John­son scored on runs of 58, 2 and 2 yards while be­com­ing the first player to rush for three scores against the Jets since LeSean McCoy did it five years ago. “I say it each and ev­ery week. David’s spe­cial,” Ari­zona cor­ner­back Pa­trick Pe­ter­son said. “I mean very, very, very spe­cial. We got us one in (No.) 31.”

The Car­di­nals (3-3) won their sec­ond in a row to climb back to .500. New York (1-5) lost its fourth straight in a rough re­turn to Ari­zona for Todd Bowles, who was de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor for the Car­di­nals for two sea­sons be­fore getting the Jets coach­ing job two years ago.

“We’ve won two in a row,” Ari­zona coach Bruce Ari­ans said. “We’re still just a .500 ball­club, but I like the way we look right now.”

Ari­ans took no great joy in beat­ing Bowles. Their con­nec­tion goes back to their days to­gether at Tem­ple three decades ago.

“I’m glad it’s over,” Ari­ans said. The Jets’ Ryan Fitz­patrick was 16 of 31 for 174 yards and was benched in fa­vor of Geno Smith after New York’s long­est drive of the night ended in an in­ter­cep­tion in the end zone late in the third quar­ter.

“As an of­fense we are just not con­sis­tent right now and the of­fense goes as the quar­ter­back goes,” Fitz­patrick said. “I have got to play bet­ter.”

Smith’s lone se­ries at quar­ter­back ended when he was in­ter­cepted by Tyrann Mathieu with 4:20 to play.

“The game was 28-3 with eight min­utes left in the game,” Bowles said. “We weren’t do­ing any­thing else. I just wanted to give him some reps. Like a relief pitcher, a start­ing pitcher, on this day you put in the relief pitcher. Fitz will be (the starter) next week.”

Ari­zona’s Car­son Palmer , back after miss­ing a 33-21 win at San Fran­cisco with a con­cus­sion, com­pleted 23 of 34 passes for 213 yards be­fore leav­ing with a ham­string strain after throw­ing a 9-yard TD pass to Michael Floyd with 8:20 re­main­ing. Ari­zona scored in the first quar­ter for the first time this sea­son on the sec­ond time John­son touched the ball. “Our coach has been harp­ing on us about that,” John­son said. “It felt good to get in the end zone. I felt like that’s ac­tu­ally what started ev­ery­one getting hyped, ev­ery­one getting into the game.”

The sec­ond-year run­ning back dodged a pair of de­fend­ers near the line of scrim­mage, and then raced to the end zone on his long­est run of the sea­son. John­son also rushed for 157 yards in the win against the 49ers, win­ning NFC of­fen­sive player of the week hon­ors. The Jets en­tered the game sec­ond in the NFL in rush­ing de­fense at 68 yards per game.

They were out­gained on the ground 171-33. New York had 130 yards in the first half, 70 on three re­cep­tions by Bran­don Mar­shall. Mar­shall’s 36-yard catch over the mid­dle set up New York’s only score, Nick Folk’s’ 39-yard field goal.

Ari­zona scored on a pair of 14-play drives in the sec­ond half. John­son got his sec­ond 2-yard TD run up the mid­dle, and Palmer passed to Floyd for an­other TD.

The Jets drove to the Car­di­nals 14 late in the third quar­ter but D.J. Swearinger in­ter­cepted Fitz­patrick’s pass in the end zone to end the threat. It was Fitz­patrick’s league-worst 11th in­ter­cep­tion of the sea­son. But Mar­shall said the in­ter­cep­tion was his fault. “I read it wrong, Ryan read it right,” he said. “He threw a pick, but it’s my pick. I’ve said it all along this sea­son, in­ter­cep­tions are on ev­ery­one.”

THIRD DOWN WOES

The Jets were 2 for 13 on third-down con­ver­sions. They were 0 for 8 be­fore con­vert­ing one dur­ing their long third-quar­ter drive.

PENAL­TIES GALORE

There were 19 penal­ties in the sloppy game 10 against New York, nine against Ari­zona. — AP

GLEN­DALE: John­son tre­ble as Car­di­nals rout mis­fir­ing Jets Quar­ter­back Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets pre­pares to take the snap dur­ing the fourth quar­ter of the NFL game against the Ari­zona Car­di­nals at the Univer­sity of Phoenix Sta­dium on Mon­day in Glen­dale, Ari­zona. Run­ning back David John­son rushed for three touch­downs as the Ari­zona Car­di­nals romped to a 28-3 vic­tory over the New York Jets on Mon­day. — AFP

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