After only five weeks into the NFL season we’re already at the point where the upcoming matchup on “Monday Night Football” is a virtual must-win for both teams.
The 2-3 Arizona Cardinals host the New York Jets, who have lost four of their first five games and could put themselves into an insurmountable hole with another defeat. But for you this can only mean more money. Parlay your Monday Night football at HeritageSports to get huge cash back
After reaching last year’s NFC Championship Game, the Cardinals might no longer be one of the league’s top teams. Arizona has already matched last year’s loss total and they’ve suffered two defeats at home. But while the Cardinals might only be a borderline playoff contender, it’s looking like the Jets could be among the worst teams in the NFL.
Aside from the winless Cleveland Browns, no team has had a worse start to the season than New York. They’ve lost three consecutive games by double-digits, and injuries to their top stars could mean things won’t get better anytime soon.
The New York Jets will be searching for an end to a slide that has seen them lose three straight games by double-digit margins as they take on the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night.
The Jets have mustered just 11 points per game during their skid and covered in just two of their past nine road dates. Meanwhile, the Cardinals return home on a high after dominating San Francisco in a 33-21 win last Thursday night but remain a shaky bet, covering just twice in their past eight games on home turf.
Point spread: The Cardinals opened as 6.5-point favorites; the total was 47 early in the week.
Will the Jets cover the spread?
Pivot Ryan Fitzpatrick avoided throwing a pick last week in Pittsburgh and must continue making effective use of receiver Brandon Marshall, who recorded a season-high 114 yards against the Steelers and scored for a second straight week.
With the Cardinals’ rush defense lagging at 23rd in the NFL, running back Matt Forte could play a big role similar to his 100-yard, three-touchdown performance in the Jets’ 37-31 Week 2 win in Buffalo.
Arizona pivot Carson Palmer is expected to return but has enjoyed limited success against the Jets, tossing three picks against just one score over his last two games against New York. Palmer must also contend with a Jets pass defense that has tallied 12 sacks this season.
Will the Cardinals cover the spread
The Cardinals seized on San Francisco’s mistakes last week, scoring 17 points off three Niners turnovers, and will be looking for more against a Jets team that has given up the ball on 13 occasions this season.
Larry Fitzgerald had a big night in San Francisco, scoring twice on six catches, and will be targeted regularly against the Jets, who have allowed over 300 passing yards on three occasions this year.
Despite its struggles, the Arizona defense remains 10th in the league in points allowed and has surrendered 20 or fewer points in six of its past nine home contests.
Quick betting tip.
The total has gone under in five of the Jets’ last six games on the road. HeritageSports leads with the best selection of perks and bets to make this your number one entertainment site, sing up and play.