BURNS AND GAMBO

Feel better, Cardinals fans?

Oct 17, 2016, 10:39 PM | Updated: Oct 18, 2016, 2:20 pm
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) greets New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (...

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) greets New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) after an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 28-3. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

There. Feel better?

It’s okay if you don’t 100 percent better. After all, it was the Jets, and perhaps more importantly, it was Ryan Fitzpatrick.

But for the second straight week, the Cardinals did exactly what we needed them to do — dismantle an inferior opponent. Ask Cam Newton if he’d like to trade places. On second thought, don’t. He probably won’t answer you.

The 28-3 win wasn’t perfect, never is. The offense was sluggish at times in the first half. It took a while for anyone not named David Johnson to get going. But it was good enough to make you feel like this team is on a road trip to recovery with a “prove it” game looming against Seattle.

Here’s what stood out to me on a Monday Night.

The David Johnson Show is real. There was a time this summer where I grew concerned there was too much hype surrounding the second year back. Maybe there wasn’t enough. Johnson plowed through a defense that’s been stout against the run all year. Yes, half of his 111 yards came on the 58 yard touchdown. But so what? He rushed for 111 yards, three touchdowns and 5 yards per carry against a defense that was giving up around 68 yards per game. It wasn’t just Johnson, either. The Cards ran for 171 yards as a team on 35 carries. Balance that with 35 pass attempts for Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton and you have, well, balance. Bruce Arians had nothing but praise for Johnson after the game, which is rare.

Uncle Bruce isn’t so stubborn after all. It was clear from the outset the Cardinals weren’t looking to do any deep damage. Arians acknowledged after the game it was not in the plan to test the Jets deep. Instead it was shorter, intermediate routes. Get the ball out quick. Good run-pass balance. According to Pro Football Focus, Palmer was 9-of-10 for 107 yards and a TD when throwing the ball 10-19 yards down the field. Anything deeper down the field and you might have risked exposure to that Jets pass rush. The Cards adapted and it worked to perfection.

The Jerome Boger Show. Sounds like a failed 90s late-night talk show. Instead, it was the head ref getting way too much air time as penalty after penalty was called. You could practically hear the remote controls changing the channel looking for something else.

Gabbert got benched, is Fitzpatrick next? Todd Bowles said the starting quarterback will keep his job after the game but there seems to be little gained by sticking with the Valley product. The offense was listless under his command and at 1-5 it’s just about time to starting planning ahead. Give the Cardinals’ defense credit. It allowed 33 rushing yards for the night, which gave the Jets very little in the way of options.

Next up? Your rival. The Seahawks have not only won every game played against the Cards in University of Phoenix Stadium, they’ve embarrassed them. To the Seahawks’ credit, they’ve been able to survive Russell Wilson’s injuries and give themselves a nice early cushion in the division. We know the Cards are on the uptick. On Sunday night, we’ll find out how far they’ve come.

Burns and Gambo

Landry Shamet #14 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball during the NBA preseason game at Footprint C...
Arizona Sports

Landry Shamet already feeling right at home with Suns

Landry Shamet has not played for the Suns yet, so that made it somewhat of a surprise that he was inked to a four-year contract extension.
18 hours ago
Owner Robert Sarver and general manager James Jones of the Phoenix Suns look on during the NBA pres...
Jake Anderson

Suns’ Robert Sarver tight-lipped on Deandre Ayton’s contract extension

After being drafted No. 1 overall out of Arizona in 2018, Deandre Ayton can become a restricted free agent at the end of this season.
8 days ago
Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim does an interview with The Doug & Wolf Show on 98....
Kellan Olson

Cardinals GM on Jordan Hicks offseason talk: ‘I never tell coaches who to play’

When the Cardinals beat the Titans in Week 1, one of the most surprising statistics was the snap count for linebacker Jordan Hicks.
13 days ago
General manager Steve Keim of the Arizona Cardinals looks on during team OTA's at the Dignity Healt...
Sam Graveline

Keim: Cardinals ‘can’t put a price’ on veteran free agent additions

It may be early on in the season, but the early returns on the Cardinals' offseason additions have GM Steve Keim and Co. in good spirits.
20 days ago
Cardinals CB Byron Murphy runs through drills during practice Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Tempe. ...
Arizona Sports

Cardinals CB Byron Murphy says game is slowing down in 3rd season

Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy is coming off his best game as a pro and starting to feel more comfortable in his third year in the NFL.
23 days ago
Arizona Cardinals kicker Matt Prater (5) celebrates his go-ahead field goal with punter Andy Lee (1...
Kevin Zimmerman

Cardinals GM Steve Keim has never seen ball jump off foot like it does Matt Prater’s

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said Matt Prater's leg strength popped in practice by how it sounds and how it comes off his foot.
27 days ago