EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals came to MetLife Stadium and, like every other team this season, found a remedy for their woes with a game against a winless team from New York’s rotten football apple.
Quarterback Kyler Murray ran for a touchdown and threw another to DeAndre Hopkins as the Cardinals stopped a two-game losing streak with a 30-10 victory over the Jets, further putting Coach Adam Gase’s future in jeopardy after the Jets fell to 0-5.
Murray had a 2-yard touchdown run and hit Hopkins on a 37-yard strike as part of the Cardinals’ (3-2) 496 total yards of offense. Chase Edmonds scored on 29-yard run, Kenyan Drake scored from a yard out and Zane Gonzalez kicked a 47-yard field goal. Arizona scored touchdowns on drives of 96, 89, 75 and 70 yards.
“I don’t want anyone on the team to feel satisfied with what happened today,” said Murray, who threw for 380 yards. “That’s not what it’s going to be like every weekend. I hope everyone knows that. Sundays aren’t easy.”
The Jets’ 0-5 start is the third in their history, with the others coming in 1980 and 1996. The ’96 team went 1-15 and had the worst start in franchise history at 0-8.
Gase sounded befuddled after the game.
“We got to get, you know, learn from this show,” Gase said. “We got to figure out a way to play a full 60 minutes in which all three phases are playing well together. It’s just like one side’s playing while the other side’s not on.”
With quarterback Joe Flacco starting in place of the injured Sam Darnold and running back Le’Veon Bell back in the lineup for the first time since opening day, the Jets stayed close into the second half. They drew within 17-10 on an 11-yard pass from Flacco to Jamison Crowder, who had eight catches for 116 yards.
The Cardinals quickly put the game out of reach, scoring touchdowns on their next two possessions. Drake powered his way into the end zone with 15 seconds left in the third quarter. Murray capped a six-play, 96-yard drive with a toss to Hopkins, who had six catches for 136 yards.
Flacco completed 18 of his 33 attempts for 195 yards and a touchdown.
“I definitely don’t feel any finger pointing and things like that going on,” Flacco said. “I think we’ve got good guys. We just got to kind of look at ourselves here and then start believing that we get the job done.”
This marks the third straight year Darnold has missed games with injuries or an illness. He missed three games as a rookie in 2018 with a foot injury and three games last season with mononucleosis.
Besides Darnold, the Jets had three other starters out this week: receiver Breshad Perriman (ankle), offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (shoulder) and cornerback Bless Austin (calf). Jets receiver Chris Hogan was carted of in the fourth quarter with an injury.
The Cardinals will finish a three-game road trip at Dallas on Sunday. While the Jets will play at Miami next Sunday as N.F.L. reorganizes it schedule amid the coronavirus pandemic.