The Cardinals could be missing two of their most important defensive players Sunday against the Jets…
Game Scout: Cardinals at Jets
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 9/28/08 SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: FOX (Dick Stockton, Brian Baldinger, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin) SERIES: 7th meeting. The Jets lead, 4-2. The Jets have won the last four, dating to 1978. The teams have only played twice in the last 20 years. The Jets won the last meeting in 2004, 13-3. The clubs have some ties, however. The Cardinals drafted Joe Namath but watched him sign with the Jets. And they traded with the Jets for receiver Rob Moore in 1995. Former Cardinal linebacker Calvin Pace signed a lucrative deal with the Jets last off-season.
PREDICTION: Jets 30-26
KEYS TO THE GAME: The Cardinals' high-powered passing game tore apart another 3-4 defense against Miami two weeks ago, but the Jets have a superior pass rush with the ability to get to QB Kurt Warner consistently. Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt still hasn't been able to build the ground game he covets as the Cardinals average a paltry 3.3 yards per carry. But if Warner has time, watch out with WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin working against young CBs Darrelle Revis and rookie Dwight Lowery. ... The problems QB Brett Favre is having getting on the same page with his receivers is well documented, and the Jets can only hope that with each passing week there will be fewer turnovers as a result of miscommunication. Just as important is getting off to a strong start and keeping RB Thomas Jones more involved. Favre lacks the vertical targets he enjoyed in Green Bay, so the Jets really need Jones to produce on early downs and keep the offense out of long passing situations.
KEY INJURIES: Cardinals: DE Bertrand Berry (groin) missed practice midweek and is uncertain. Jets: Favre (ankle) will play; NT Kris Jenkins (back) is expected to play; CB Justin Miller (toe) might get his first snaps of the season; PK Mike Nugent (thigh) will be replaced by Jay Feely for a third consecutive game.
FAST FACTS: Arizona played at Washington last Sunday and stayed on the East Coast rather than returning home between games. ... Jets WR Laveranues Coles' 571 receptions leads all players who entered the league in 2000.
--QB Brett Favre (ankle) practiced limited Thursday but wasn't limping as badly as he was Wednesday, and his mobility might not be that impaired when he plays Sunday against Arizona.
--NT Kris Jenkins (back) practiced limited Thursday and is expected to play against Arizona. Jenkins didn't do any 11-on-11 work at all Wednesday, but did some Thursday. --CB Hank Poteat was re-signed by the Jets. He had been released in August. His addition to the roster may mean that CB Justin Miller (toe) has suffered a setback. Miller has yet to play this season after being injured during the preseason.
--OL Will Montgomery, who was inactive for the first three games, was waived to make room for re-signed CB Hank Poteat.
--Ben Graham will punt against Arizona on Sunday, coach Eric Mangini said. P Reggie Hodges, who was brought in to replace Graham, is still bothered by a hamstring injury.
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