Cardinals QB Ryan Lindley gets first start for team, beats Jets 23-19
By Mike BianchiPosted Feb 24, 2017 2:08PMBucs QB Ryan Lundley has earned his first start of the season for the Cardinals against the Jets.
The 27-year-old threw three touchdown passes in the first half, including a 16-yard touchdown to tight end Dwayne Allen, who was named the game’s first star.
Lindley completed 11 of 13 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown in the win.
The quarterback was impressive with his arm and accuracy, completing seven of eight passes for 114 yards and three touchdowns.
The Cardinals (8-5, 4-4 MAC) are hoping Lundley will get his first NFL start against the Cowboys (7-6, 4 of 5) on Sunday.
Lindsey threw for two touchdowns and two interceptions in his first career start.
The win was Lindley’s second straight in the series and the Cardinals’ first in the playoffs since 2008.
The Jets (6-7, 2-4) lost a tight loss to the Bears on Sunday, but they were able to hang with the Buckeyes for most of the night.
The Buckeyes, who have lost four straight to the Cardinals, trailed 19-0 at halftime.
They opened the third quarter with a touchdown drive that led to a 27-yard field goal by Kevin Fogg.
The next play was intercepted by Josh Boyce on a pass intended for Brandon LaFell, and the Buckeye defense again held on for a 38-36 lead.
The Browns then went up 21-0 with 1:02 left in the third, but the Buckeese defense held on and kept the game scoreless until the fourth quarter.
The first-half performance by the Buckes was a big step up from last year’s 38-3 loss at Cincinnati, when the Buckees finished with only three first downs.
Lindy completed 5 of 9 passes for 67 yards and one touchdown.
The second half was a little better for the Buckers.
Lindys final drive of the half was called back for a penalty, but he threw a touchdown pass to Devin Taylor, who had one of his two touchdowns blocked.
The two-point conversion attempt was off target for the Browns, but Lindys final touchdown pass, which came with 4:58 left in regulation, was a long throw to Taylor, making it 29-30 with 7:02 remaining in regulation.