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Whisenhunt: Jets are 'a lot like us'

Head coach Ken Whisenhunt of the Arizona Cardinals

Head coach Ken Whisenhunt of the Arizona Cardinals points to a player during a stop in play against the St. Louis Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Nov. 25, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

After falling down significantly in the standings, both the Jets and Arizona Cardinals find themselves at 4-7 and in desperate need of a win.

The Cardinals got off to a blistering start, rattling off four straight wins to begin the season. But since then, they’ve lost seven straight. But, like Rex Ryan, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said it hasn’t been difficult to motivate his guys to keep playing.

“We’re playing a team that is a lot like us,” he said Wednesday on a conference call with New York writers. “They’ve had moments where they’ve looked very good and other moments where they haven’t. They’ve made mistakes.

“…Regardless of what’s going on with the other team, you’ve got to make sure you’ve prepared your team. …Guys want to get a win. That’s what this business is all about. Our message is how we prepare and get ready for this New York Jets team.”

It’s unclear just yet which quarterback will start for the Cardinals. Kevin Kolb has been sidelined since Week 6, after suffering a serious rib injury in their 19-16 loss to the Bills. His replacement, John Skelton, was ineffective and subsequently benched in favor of rookie Ryan Lindley.

Lindley threw for 312 yards in his first NFL start last week against the St. Louis Rams, but the quarterback also was intercepted four times. Two of those INTs were returned for touchdowns by Rams rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

The Cardinals had yet to practice at the time of Whisenhunt’s conference call, so it remains to be seen whether Kolb or Lindley will get the nod Sunday against the Jets.

“We’re going to have to find out what he can do in practice,” the coach said of Kolb.

Jets coach Rex Ryan, who spent several minutes raving about the Cardinals defense, said both teams “are hungry for a win.”

The always confident Ryan added: “We feel we’re a better football team than our record indicates.” 

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