NFL Johnson treble as Cardinals rout misfiring Jets

Smith finished his cameo with four completions from six attempts for 31 yards and no touchdowns, with one interception

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Running back David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the ball against Erin Henderson and Jordan Jenkins of the New York Jets during the third quarter on October 17, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona play

Running back David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the ball against Erin Henderson and Jordan Jenkins of the New York Jets during the third quarter on October 17, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona

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Running back David Johnson rushed for three touchdowns as the Arizona Cardinals romped to a 28-3 victory over the New York Jets.

Johnson scored a spectacular 58-yard touchdown as well as two short-range efforts from two yards each to take his tally to the season for eight.

The win saw the Cardinals move level in a tie for second place with the Los Angeles Rams at 3-3 in the NFC West while the Jets slumped to 1-5 in the AFC East.

Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer returned to the starting line-up after missing his team's last game at San Francisco because of a concussion.

Arizona Cardinals fans wear masks of Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the NFL game against the New York Jets on October 17, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona play

Arizona Cardinals fans wear masks of Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the NFL game against the New York Jets on October 17, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona

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Palmer went 23 for 34 with one touchdown and no interceptions, but suffered a scare in the fourth quarter when he left with a strained hamstring.

Jets signal caller Ryan Fitzpatrick meanwhile had a miserable outing in his home state making only 16 of 31 attempts for 174 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

The interception -- Fitzpatrick's 11th of the season, the worst record in the league -- was to prove costly.

The pick came just as the Jets appeared to be generating momentum with a long drive in the third quarter with the score finely balanced at 21-3.

Quarterback Geno Smith of the New York Jets is sacked by outside linebacker Alex Okafor of the Arizona Cardinals on October 17, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona play

Quarterback Geno Smith of the New York Jets is sacked by outside linebacker Alex Okafor of the Arizona Cardinals on October 17, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona

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However Fitzpatrick's loose pass for Brandon Marshall was intercepted by Arizona safety D.J. Swearinger and the Cardinals went on to score through Palmer's nine-yard pass to Michael Floyd for a touchdown.

Fitzpatrick was eventually pulled with 8:40 left in the fourth quarter, to be replaced by Geno Smith.

Smith finished his cameo with four completions from six attempts for 31 yards and no touchdowns, with one interception.

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