Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Listless & Fitz-Less

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Listless & Fitz-Less

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Jets suffered another devastating loss on Monday night, and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched in the fourth quarter -- but they're not blaming it on him.

The Cardinals beat the Jets, 28-3, at University of Phoenix Stadium. New York has now lost four straight games to fall to 1-5.

Fitzpatrick has struggled all season. And after three dreadful quarters in the desert, coach Todd Bowles finally made the move to backup Geno Smith in the fourth quarter.

Bowles said the move was temporary. Fitzpatrick will be back next week, the coach said, and he likened putting in Smith to putting in a relief pitcher in baseball.

With Smith, it was more of the same anyway: a drive ending in an interception. Smith was underwhelming, finishing 4-of-6 for 31 yards with the interception and he was also sacked.

Fitzpatrick finished 16-of-31 for 171 yards and no touchdowns.

Under Fitzpatrick, the Jets' offense had five three-and-outs on nine drives and failed to convert on its first eight third downs. Still, late in the third quarter Fitzpatrick had a chance to get the Jets back in the game, trailing 21-3.

But the drive ended when the quarterback forced a ball to Brandon Marshall in the end zone. It fell short and was intercepted by D.J. Swearinger.

Marshall put the blame on himself.

"We should have scored; that was my interception," Marshall said, adding he ran the wrong route.

Still, it was the last pass of the night for Fitzpatrick, who now has zero touchdowns and 10 interceptions in the second half of games during his team's lost season.

The Jets' pass defense has been atrocious. But they came into this game ranked first in rush defense. However, for this struggling team, if it's not one thing it's another, and early in the game, the run defense gave up its biggest play of the season.

Cardinals running back David Johnson got outside for a 58-yard touchdown run to give the Cardinals a 7-0 lead with 9:51 left in the first quarter. …

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