I apologize to my loyal readers, but I have had a very busy week and weekend. I decided I’d still post a quick preview for the game. Expect many tweets from me (@DSpiegs311) after the game. Normally I would tweet during the game, but I will be at New Meadowlands Stadium tomorrow and barely any of my tweets will get through.
The Texans have one of the worst defenses in the league this season, including the 32nd ranked pass defense in the NFL. There is no need to get fancy with the offense this week like Brian Schottenheimer loves to do. The Jets can keep it simple on offense this week and still put up plenty of points. I look for the Jets to throw early in the game and go to the ground and pound in the second half to hold an early lead. LaDainian Tomlinson will likely get his fair share of receptions as he leads the team with 36 and is a very dangerous weapon coming out of the backfield. With Jerricho Cotchery out with a groin injury and with Brad Smith likely getting most of his reps at the wildcat, expect recent call up, Patrick Turner, to see a decent amount of playing time as the third receiver. Dustin Keller should be expected to get more looks out of the slot this week as well.
The Jets defense has been phenomenal at stopping the run, but this week they face the NFL’s leading rusher, Arian Foster. Safety help will be crucial because Foster has already broken a number of big runs this season. The monster that is Darrelle Revis has the ability to keep Andre Johnson out of the game, like he did in week 1 of the 2009 season. Slot receivers and tight ends have eaten the Jets’ defense alive this season when they run routes across the middle of the field. The Jets have taken a lot of heat for this during the week and should make the necessary adjustments to keep these receivers in check.
If the Jets can keep Arian Foster in check, they should have no problem with this Texans team. Do not expect Mark Sanchez to need to rally the troops late, but be confident if the opportunity arises that he will succeed. The defense should make this an easy one for the Jets, but these guys like to keep it close as we’ve seen as of late. The Jets keep finding ways to win games no matter how well or bad they may begin. Expect the same in this one.