The last time the Arizona Cardinals stepped on the turf at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., it went pretty well. Arizona defeated the New York Giants 27-21 as outside linebacker Chandler Jones racked up four sacks and running back Chase Edmonds had a career day with 126 rushing yards.
This time, the Cardinals are facing the other inhabitant of MetLife, the 0-4 Jets, at 10 a.m. PST on Sunday.
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The Cardinals shortcomings in their Week 4 loss in Carolina came from struggling to find offensive consistency and failing to stop the Panthers on third down.
Offensive consistency was an issue during the first quarter of the season. There are times when the Cardinals look unstoppable, with quarterback Kyler Murray dazzling with his arm and legs. But there are aspects that have not clicked yet.
The running game has not gotten going aside from Murray taking off. Turnovers have been an issue as Murray has five interceptions this year and lost a fumble last week. Penalties haven’t helped either (eight per game).
On the other hand, Murray leads the league in yards per carry, and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is nine catches away from breaking an NFL record for most receptions in the first five games of a season.
Defensively, the Cardinals were strong through three weeks. They had the best third-down defense in the NFL and were limiting the pass attack, something that plagued them last year. Last week, they were picked apart by a fast-paced offense that kept them off balance with screens, bootlegs, crossers and rubs.
“We just have to do a better job of cleaning up certain