Cardinals, Johnson run away from Jets

Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:49am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - David Johnson ran the Arizona Cardinals back to the .500 mark.

The second-year running back rushed for three touchdowns and 111 yards, and the Cardinals won their second straight, beating the sliding New York Jets 28-3 on Monday.

Johnson, who carried 22 times, scored on runs of 58, 2 and 2 yards to become the first back to rush for three touchdowns against the Jets since LeSean McCoy did it in 2011.

Johnson's eight rushing touchdowns lead the league. Four players are tied for second with six apiece.

The win vaulted the Cardinals (3-3) into a second-place tie with the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West, 1 1/2 games behind the Seattle Seahawks. The Jets (1-5) lost their fifth straight, leaving them alone in last place in the AFC East.

"I was very pleased with the way this game went," Arizona coach Bruce Arians said. "I thought all three phases played smart and fast. We had one little lapse with a couple penalties, but coming up with the (two) turnovers was big. I thought this was a heck of a defense to run the ball against, and I thought we accomplished that."

Carson Palmer returned to his role as the Cardinals' starting quarterback after missing the previous game because of a concussion. He finished 23 of 34 for 213 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

Palmer left the game in the fourth quarter, however, with what the team announced as a strained hamstring. He was replaced by backup Drew Stanton. Afterward, Palmer said he was just experiencing some cramping because he was dehydrated. It happened, he said, because the Cardinals were on the field for so long during three long scoring drives.

"The way we ran the ball against that rush defense was incredible," Palmer said, particularly praising Arizona's two new starting guards, John Wetzel and Earl Watford.   Continued...

Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs the ball against the New York Jets at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports