Houston Texans at New York Jets Week 5 Preview

By Marc Jenkins
J.J. Watt Is Ready to Go Gan Green Hunting When the Texans Face the Jets on Monday Night Football
Brett Davis-US Presswire

Week after week, the Houston Texans continue to impress and show everyone exactly why they are the class of the NFL. This week, when they take on the New York Jets on Monday Night Football, nothing will change that. Based on the Jets performance (or lack thereof) last week and the Texans’ entire season, this game seems as if it is going to be as unfair as a someone wearing a pair of slippers while competing in a 100-meter hurdle race.

The Texans (4-0) defense is a dominant as it gets and currently ranks first in the NFL in both yards allowed per game (273) and points allowed per game (14). They are also ranked second in passing yards allowed per game (182.8) and 11th in rushing yards allowed per game (90.3). J.J. Watt is probably the best defensive player in the league who isn’t a household name yet. Watt’s 7.5. sacks currently lead the NFL and is the reason why the Texans didn’t re-sign Mario Williams during the off-season. Houston’s offense is also putting up some great numbers, ranking second in the league in points scored per game (31.5) and ninth in rushing yards per game (136.5) Arian Foster is having another tremendous season so far, rushing for 380 yards and four trips to the endzone on 103 carries.

The Jets (2-2) offense flat out stinks and with Santonio Holmes now out for the remainder of the season, I may have to find an even better (or worse depending on how you look at it) adjective to describe it. New York’s offense ranks 27th in both total offensive yards per game (284) and passing yards per game (197.5), 24th in rushing yards per game (86.5) and are tied for 22nd in points scored per game (20.3). Right now, Mark Sanchez seems like he can’t figure out how to complete passes on a consistent basis (63-128 for 813 yards, 5 TD and 4 INT), which is why his completion percentage is dead last in the league at 49.2%. If he doesn’t do something about that, he could find himself being benched in favor of another guy who can’t complete consecutive passes, Tim Tebow (47.5% career completion rate).

The Jets defense hasn’t been all that it was supposed to be either allowing 172.2 rushing yards per game (31st in NL) and 27.3 points per game (tied for 22nd in NFL) and without Darrell Revis (on IR with tron ACL),  Texans quarterback Matt Schaub will be looking to hook up with Andre Johnson often.

This game may just be the ugliest Monday Night game that we’ll experience this season–possibly ever! I’ll take the Texans to win big 38-6, so Jets, don’t make me look bad–get those two field goals.

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