Monday's NFL roundup: Cardinals roll listless Jets
Glendale, Ariz. — 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.
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.
Roethlisberger undergoes knee surgery
The cartilage in Ben Roethlisberger’s aching left knee is repaired.
And while the Steelers are optimistic their franchise quarterback will return sooner rather than later after tweaking the knee in the second quarter of a miserable loss in Miami on Sunday, the odds of Roethlisberger being ready for a visit from Tom Brady and the Patriots six days removed from the operating table is remote.
Roethlisberger rested at home Monday after undergoing arthroscopic surgery and Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said the team is confident Roethlisberger won’t be out “long term.”
But Roethlisberger’s teammates began rallying around their backup now facing the most daunting task of his uneven career.
Your turn, Landry Jones. Again.
“I’m going to prepare like I’ve done in the past and we’ll see what happens,” Jones said.
Any chance Pittsburgh (4-2) has of hanging in there against the surging Patriots (5-1) depends on it. Taken in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, the former Oklahoma star has made two career starts, both last season.
The Steelers went 1-1 in those games, though the victory comes with an asterisk because he left early with an ankle injury and Roethlisberger came on to guide a blowout of Cleveland.
Jones was more effective in relief, leading Pittsburgh by Arizona and Oakland when injuries forced Roethlisberger and Michael Vick out of the lineup.
Given a full week to prepare for the Patriots, Jones believes offensive coordinator Todd Haley doesn’t have to make portions of the playbook off limits to thrive.
“I felt like I had it last year,” Jones said. “We didn’t change much as all of what we were doing. I expect it to be kind of the same this year.”
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak is back at work after taking a week off under doctor’s orders.
Kubiak, 55, suffered a complex migraine following Denver’s 23-16 loss to Atlanta on Oct. 9. He spent a night in the hospital after being taken from the stadium via ambulance when he suffered extreme fatigue.
Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis was named interim head coach during Kubiak’s absence and was in charge when the Broncos (4-2) lost 21-13 at San Diego on Thursday night.
... Browns starting safety Jordan Poyer remains hospitalized because of a lacerated kidney suffered in Sunday’s loss at Tennessee.
Coach Hue Jackson said Monday he has been in contact with Poyer, who was injured in the second quarter when he was blindsided on a vicious hit by Titans running back Antonio Andrews. Poyer was taken to Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital for observation.
... Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a bill clearing the way for a Las Vegas stadium that could be home to UNLV football and the NFL Raiders.
The Republican governor joined lawmakers and Raiders owner Mark Davis for a ceremony at the university.
Davis says he’s committed to moving the team to Las Vegas. NFL owners still must approve any potential Raiders move.