Who: New York Jets vs. Houston Texans
When: 8:30 p.m. EDT
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Media: TV – ESPN, DirecTV – N/A, Radio – ESPN 98.7 FM, Sirius – 93, Sirius XM – XM 226, Internet Audio – NFL Fieldpass.
Their Previous Meeting: The last time these two teams met, was actually only a season ago albeit in the first game of the preseason. Sanchez was on target completing 6 of 7 passes but the offense only managed to put up three points (sounds familiar) after he was sacked on third down. With Mark Brunell out with an injury, the rest of the contest was in the hands of Greg McElroy. Down 3-13 at the half, McElroy engineered a comeback that led to a Nick Novak field goal and a touchdown pass to Patrick Turner some three minutes later. The Jets added another field goal with 6:06 remaining in the fourth quarter and led the Texans 16-13. However, the defense folded and allowed Chris Ogbonnaya to score on a one-yard run with just under two minutes to go. The Texans won the contest 20-16.
Jets: S Yeremiah Bell (Shoulder–Probable), LB Nick Bellore (Shoulder–Probable), CB Aaron Berry (Ribs–Questionable), S Josh Bush (Shoulder–Probable), FB John Conner (Hamstring–Doubtful), CB Antonio Cromartie (Shoulder–Probable), TE Jeff Cumberland (Ribs–Probable), DT Mike DeVito (Neck–Probable), WR Stephen Hill (Hamstring–Doubtful), T Austin Howard (Back–Probable), TE Dustin Keller (Hamstring–Doubtful), WR Jeremy Kerley (Finger–Probable), S LaRon Landry (Heel–Probable), C Nick Mangold (Wrist–Probable), RB Joe McKnight (Illness–Questionable), G Brandon Moore (Hip–Probable), LB Calvin Pace (Achilles–Probable), NT Sione Po’uha (Back–Doubtful), CB Darrelle Revis (Knee–Out), QB Mark Sanchez (Back–Probable), LB Bart Scott (Toe–Questionable), G Matt Slauson (Knee–Probable), S Eric Smith (Hip/Knee–Questionable), and LB Bryan Thomas (Hamstring–Questionable).
Texans: LB Mister Alexander (Hip–Probable), LB Bryan Braman (Hamstring/Neck–Probable), G Antoine Caldwell (Ankle/Knee–Probable), DT Shaun Cody (Back–Probable), TE Owen Daniels (Thigh–Probable), S Quintin Demps (Thumb/Forearm–Out), LB Tim Dobbins (Hamstring–Probable), RB Arian Foster (Hamstring–Probable), LB Bradie James (Thigh–Probable), WR Lestar Jean (Knee–Out), WR Andre Johnson (Groin–Probable), S Shiloh Keo (Neck–Probable), C Chris Myers (Back–Probable), LB Jesse Nading (Foot–Probable), G Wade Smith (Knee–Probable), DE Antonio Smith (Ankle–Probable), and RB Ben Tate (Toe–Questionable).
Jets: QB Greg McElroy, FB John Connor, WR Stephen Hill, TE Dustin Keller, G Caleb Schlauderaff, NT Sione Po’uha, and CB Darrelle Revis.
Texans: RB Ben Tate, WR Lestar Jean, G B. Brooks, T A. Gardner, CB R. Carmichael, CB B. Harris, and SS Quintin Demps.
Game Captains: RB Jonathan Grimes, WR Jeremy Kerley, NT Damon Harrison, S LaRon Landry, and RB Shonn Greene.
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If there were ever a night where the Jets needed a win, tonight would be the night. Exactly a week after losing Darrelle Revis to a season-ending ACL injury, the Jets lost Santonio Holmes to a Lisfranc fracture of the foot. To pile on even more, the run game is nonexistent, the receiving corp is barely existent, Sanchez is struggling, the defense is putrid, and oh yes, by the way, the Jets take on the 5-0 Houston Texans who headline the monster known as Arian Foster. But no pressure though.
The coaches have been trying to work with the suddenly broken jigsaw puzzle they’ve been handed by the front office and the results so far have been difficult to stomach at times and the debacle against the 49ers highlighted how bad things have truly gotten for this entire team. Offensively speaking, it’s been your typical Schottenheimerian struggles (Or is it Sparanoian now–has the buck been passed?). After such a promising performance against Buffalo, Mark Sanchez has overwhelmingly underwhelmed which has, of course, prompted everyone and their brother to break out the horns for Tebow. While I do support the notion he should have been benched against San Francisco, now is not the time to put in Tebow. Why? Largely because the offensive line’s blocking has been wildly inconsistent so if Shonn Greene or Bilal Powell or Joe McKnight can’t get anything going (PUT IN JON GRIMES!), what makes you think Tebow will? He’ll be taking sacks like the one he did in the red zone against Miami. Furthermore, regardless of whether he’s in or not, good luck to whomever is throwing because the receivers have struggled mightily and with Holmes out the rest of the season, I fear the struggles will likely become more apparent and it certainly doesn’t help when your 6’4″receiver is sidelined with a hamstring along with your “safety blanket” tight end. There isn’t a whole lot to say. At this juncture we can only hope the offense finds some way to get better and at least get the ball rolling a little bit–at least get in field goal range this week. That’s my challenge to the offense.
Defensively, yikes. Despite the upgrades, the run defense has been just God awful thus far and a lot of it is correctable but the execution has not been there. It’s just missed tackle after missed tackle–half those misses I could probably make. The passing defense is currently ranked sixth in opponent yards without Revis but why not? There’s no reason to throw when teams know they can run over us and with Arian Foster and Ben Tate as the two-headed monster out of the backfield for Houston, the Jets better hope (and maybe pray) that they can find some balance to keep the two off kilter. Which brings us back to the passing defense. Antonio Cromartie is about the only sure thing at this point as Kyle Wilson has gotten awfully lucky on a few plays where he loses track of the ball while the rest of the secondary remains unknown. With the offense, again, it’s a matter of execution. There’s no margin for error though especially against the Texans’ offense and while it will be a battle, mostly against themselves, the Jets need to find a way to get their backs off the wall or else this may be the final straw that breaks the camels’ back.
During the show listen for the Jets Quote of the Game and then tune in tomorrow to the Stephen A Smith and Ryan Ruocco show on ESPN NY 98.7FM between 1 and 3PM to identify who said the Jets quote of the game and win a pair of Jets tickets to a future game this season.