Before it gets better for the New York Jets, it is likely going to get worse.
After losing cornerback Darrelle Revis and wide receiver Santonio Holmes for the season in back-to-back weeks, the Jets (2-2) now have to host the undefeated Houston Texans (4-0) on Monday Night Football.
The Texans have never beaten the Jets in their franchise history, and they’ll look to end that streak here in their 11th NFL season.
For Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez, facing the Texans likely evokes memories of their first game together as a rookie head coach and rookie quarterback, a 24-7 road win in Houston back in Week 1 of the 2009 season.
In a cruel twist of fate, Sanchez now finds himself on the hot seat just as the Texans come to town, where one more disaster of a game could potentially spell the end of his tenure as the Jets’s starting quarterback.
The Jets have their backs against the wall, as their 2012 schedule saw them open up with five of the better defenses in the NFL all in the first five weeks of the season.
It’s not entirely fair to blame their offensive struggles entirely on Sanchez, but that comes with the territory when you play that position in this city in this league.
The Jets will have a hell of a lot more to concern themselves with than Mark Sanchez fending off increased snaps from Tim Tebow, as the Texans look to hand the Jets a blowout home loss for the second consecutive week.
To say the Jets will have their hands full will be an understatement. Actually winning this game will be a daunting task. It will be a strong test of character for them to simply come out and compete with this team for 60 minutes.
I expect the Jets to fall to 2-3, but hopefully with the toughest two-game stretch on their schedule behind them, they’ll be able to get somewhat back on track in Week 6.
The Jets and Texans kick off at 8:30 pm eastern time, Monday night on ESPN.