Now that the New York Jets know that Sunday’s Week 5 game against the Arizona Cardinals is still on, the matchup still represents an uphill climb back to respectability.
The Cardinals delayed their trip to the east coast for the game when they heard the report that a Jets player had reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. That turned out to be a false positive, and the Cardinals boarded their flight, albeit later than originally planned.
“As now, it’s business as usual,” coach Kliff Kingsbury told Arizona media Friday after practice. “We’re heading out today and getting ready to play on Sunday until told otherwise.”
The Cardinals come into the game looking to snap a two-game losing streak. They started the season with two impressive victories, and the proverbial thought was that they were turning the corner in their own rebuilding process.
“Whatever happens, happens,” Cardinals tackle D.J. Humphries told Arizona reporters Friday. “We still have to play a game, so we’re preparing for the game to go on Sunday. If it changes, it changes. But if not, we’ll be ready to go on Sunday.”
The Cardinals echo the Jets in the last few weeks in their players’ own criticism of practices. After the Jets lost to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3, Bradley McDougald and Avery Williamson criticized the Jets practice techniques, although they both said they were focused on the intensity of their teammates.
Arizona had similar complaints after they lost their last two games to the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers.
“Some of it has to do with focus throughout the week during practice,” tight end Dan Arnold said this week. “I think all of us know it, it’s been addressed. I think if we have a little bit more focus during the week in practice, really dive