The Cardinals needed a big-time win to reassure fans and the national media that the team from 2015 that could trounce a weak opponent in a nationally televised game was still in them.
They did just that last night, trouncing the Jets 28-3 in a game in which the Jets only completed 2 of 13 on third down.
So who was the player of the game? There are some worthy contenders, starting with:
D.J. Swearinger: 4 tackles, 2 passes defensed, 1 INT
Swearinger had a breakout game against the Jets, from his huge hit on the passing Charone Peake to the goal-line INT of Ryan Fitzpatrick to keep them out of the endzone, he was a wrecking ball against the Jets in coverage.
Here's a video of Swearinger's hit from our own Seth Cox:
My goodness, DJ, he has a family https://t.co/XdnMFaCUeT— Seth (@SCoxFB) October 18, 2016
Chandler Jones: 2 Tackles, 1 QB hit, 8 pressures
Jones made the game hell for Ryan Fitzpatrick despite the fact that he was held without a sack in the game, forcing overthrows and three-and-outs. He's been a monster acquisition for the Cardinals.
After Chandler Jones big night, he has 30 pressures on the season which is the second most for 3-4 OLBs— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) October 18, 2016
Jones has proved to be a big-time Keim move and is playing great in a contract year.
David Johnson: 22 carries, 111 yards rushing, 3 catches, 27 yards and 3 Touchdowns.
What more can be said? David Johnson ran all over the #2 ranked run defense of the Jets (despite the majority of that being on one long touchdown) he's achieved superstar status in the NFL in such a brief time and seems to be the main offensive threat on the Cardinals in 2016.
And while his line is indeed blowing holes open for him, it's not close to anything like what Zeke Elliot has had in Dallas this year to work with, having multiple first-round picks and a "should be" first-round talent in La'El Collins as well (even though Collins hasn't played this year).
Most impressive thing about David Johnson? He's doing this with two backup G's and a journeyman C, not 1st rd picks & All-Pros in Dallas.— BOOlake Allen Murphy (@blakemurphy7) October 18, 2016
Yes, I did just mention myself, but it's true. It shows that you can have a run game if you find talent, scheme and especially a good running back. Johnson's been matchup-proof and dominant with whoever is blocking for him and Arians seems to finally have been capitalizing on letting the offense run through Johnson. Like here:
Running the football with the best RB in football is good. https://t.co/siyLGwJ46U— Seth (@SCoxFB) October 18, 2016
So who will it be, Cardinals fans? Did DJ do it for you last night? How about the other DJ? Or did Chandler become more than just a city in Arizona last night?
Vote below, now!
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