Two 4-7 teams meet to see which can keep its slim playoff hopes alive, with oddsmakers favoring Arizona.
Can Arizona's putrid offense put together enough scoring drives to outpace the Jets' equally atrocious offense? The betting experts seem to think so, as they made the Cardinals a three-point favorite for Sunday's game. The line has steadily climbed in Arizona's favor, currently sitting at 4.5 points.
Oddsmakers are putting a lot of faith into rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley and hoping he can somehow discover how to be a competent passer before Sunday. In his six quarters of action since taking the starting job from John Skelton, Lindley has managed just 376 yards to go with four picks, a fumble, and a completion percentage of just 56.
Of course, Lindley's competition hasn't fared much better. Mark Sanchez has been brutal for New York this year, completing just 55 percent of his passes. He also has 10 picks and an amazing 10 fumbles in 11 games played. He did throw for 301 yards against the Patriots in Week 12, but most of that came in garbage time during a humiliating 49-19 loss. Sanchez's fumble in the second quarter, when he lost the ball after running into his own offensive lineman, was a big part of New England running up 35 points on the Jets before the half.
With such poor offensive options, oddsmakers aren't expecting much in the way of points. The over/under for Sunday is a mere 36.5 after opening at 37.5. Neither team has been particularly good or bad against the spread this season. Arizona is 4-6-1, and the Jets are 6-5.
Kickoff will be Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at MetLife Stadium.