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NY Jets are not 49ers but may be close enough for Cards

The Arizona Cardinals have failed to live up to their online NFL betting hype, but could be on the verge of stringing their first back-to-back wins of the season when they host the New York Jets at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Monday, October 17th. The odds for that game at the BetNow football betting site are:

Jets +7 (-105) 47 (-110) +240
Cardinals -7 (-115) 47 (-110) -305

The Jets (1-4) have lost three straight, the most recent being a 13-31 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ryan Fitzpatrick finished 25 of 38 for 255 yards, managed to avoid interceptions, and threw a 15-yard TD pass to wide receiver Brandon Marshall to put the Jets ahead 13-7 in the second quarter. Unfortunately for New York, that would be the last time they saw the Steelers’ end zone for the rest of the game. Marshall had a season-best 114 yards on eight receptions, but the Jets’ offense was perfunctory at best.

The Cards (2-3) got another of those elusive wins when they defeated the San Francisco 49ers 33-21. Arizona was without starting QB Carson Palmer – placed on concussion protocol – but they were facing the Niners, so backup Drew Stanton had the online NFL betting odds going his way. Stanton went 11 0f 28 for 124 yards and two TD passes, both to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Running back David Johnson rushed for 157 yards on 27 carries for an additional two scores. Defensive end Calais Campbell intercepted a deflected Blaine Gabbert pass to set up the Cards first touchdown. A recovered fumble on the second half kickoff set up a Johnson 4-yard run that bagged the game for Arizona.

Online NFL betting odds favor the Cardinals but history doesn’t. The Cards and the Jets have not played each other since 2012, and the former would probably want to keep it that way. The last time the Cardinals beat the Jets was in St. Louis. As a matter of fact, the Cards are 0-5 against the Jets since moving to Arizona. On the one hand, home advantage hasn’t made much of a difference for Arizona; on the other, this will be the first time the Cards host the Jets at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Unlike the Cardinals, the Jets did not make the playoffs last season, and have had trouble with teams that did. The Jets are 0-4 against teams that made the 2015 postseason. Carson Palmer is likely to return on Monday, but whether that’s good news is a matter of debate. The Cardinals were contenders prior to the start of the regular season, but Palmer and Co. have struggled to get some momentum going. Still, a healthy Palmer should be enough for the Cardinals to finally win two in a row and perhaps gain some confidence going forward. In other words, enough for a straight up win, but not necessarily enough to cover the spread, in particular if Fitzpatrick continues avoiding picks and making good use of Brandon Marshall.