Believe it or not, the New York Jets are undefeated against the Houston Texans (5-0). I have a slight inkling that will change as of late Monday night. The Texans are one of the best teams in the league right now, and the Jets are 2-2, looking to avoid a rapid downward spiral on their home field.
I’m not going to guarantee a loss for the New York Mess–I mean Jets–but I do think this is the Texans’ game to lose.
RB Arian Foster, Texans
The Jets’ defense has allowed 173 rushing yards per game this season. That is not good news for them, going up against arguably the best tailback in the NFL. Arian Foster should have a big game, especially if the Texans get out to an early lead.
WR Andre Johnson, Texans
The Jets will be without Darrelle Revis, so it will be Antonio Cromartie’s duty to cover old reliable, Andre Johnson. Johnson should be good for close to 100 yards and a touchdown, as the leading receiver in Texans history is going up against a defense that will be without it’s superstar.
Houston Texans D/ST
The Texans have one of the best defenses in the NFL, giving up just 273 yards per game and forcing nine turnovers. The Jets’ offense has been anemic the last three games, and will be without Santonio Holmes, Dustin Keller, and Stephen Hill. Their receiver group is going to be stretched incredible thin, and Houston’s pass rush should be able to get to Sanchez early and often. The Texans also have one of the more electric return men in the NFL, Trindon Holliday.
Underrated Players, Good Starts
QB Matt Schaub, Texans
Schaub isn’t putting up huge numbers, but he’s putting up really consistent numbers as it pertains to fantasy football. If he’s your top option this week, I think you’re sitting pretty good there.
TE Owen Daniels, Texans
Daniels is a consistent target for the Texans, and he’s second on the team this year with 232 yards and two touchdowns. If the Texans start playing small-ball, they really like to throw to him.
WR Jeremy Kerley, Jets
The one Jets player worth playing tonight, really. Kerley is their only playmaker on the outside, but he’s going up against Jonathan Joseph, one of the toughest corners in the league.
Don’t Rely on Me
RB Shonn Greene, Jets
As an Iowa fans, it pains me to say it. The Jets’ OL is not getting it done, and Greene is unable athletically to make up for their (or his) deficiencies. He is averaging under three yards per carry and less than 50 yards per game. Eek…
RB Ben Tate, Texans
Tate is nursing a toe injury, but he could break out. I wouldn’t rely on him, but if you have to use him, he’s not a bad play since the Texans run the ball so much.
When Will He Play?
QB Tim Tebow, Jets
At what point will Tebow get his shot? When the Jets are 2-3? Down by 21 points? When will Rex pull the trigger and realize it wasn’t Mark Sanchez who led them to the AFC Championship game two years in a row? If and when Tebow is penciled in as the Jets’ starting quarterback, he’s worth picking up.