Gridiron Gab Week Five Preview – Houston at New York Jets

There is panic in the Big Apple over the Jets, and we’re only four weeks into the NFL season.

The Jets have been an up and down team to this point, winning two and losing two, but there is major concern as they get set to host beat J.J.Watt and the Houston Texans Monday night.

At 2-2, the Jets are dealing with season-ending injuries to two key starters, Darrelle Revis on defense, and Santonio Holmes on offense. Add a 34-0 beating last week at the hands of the Niners, and you see why things are no so peachy in New York these days.

Things are looking great for the Jets MNF opponent, the Texans, who are 4-0 and already are comfortably atop the AFC South since all of their division rivals have one win apiece.

Matt Schaub leads a potent offense with RB Arian Foster and WR Andre Johnson, but the Texans defense has been the story early in the season.

The Texans are averaging 31.5 points while leading the AFC in scoring defense at 14.0 per game, total defense (273.0 yards a contest) and passing yards allowed (182.8).

Not good news for a Jets offense that struggled in the preseason, and then got shutout last week by a good Niners D. One player the Jets will have to be on the lookout for is Watt, who has been dominant so far.

Watt has led the defensive charge, becoming the first player in team history to record a sack in four consecutive games. He has an NFL-leading 7 1/2 overall, eclipsing his rookie total of 5 1/2 in 2011.

The Jets will also have to put the clamps on Foster, whose 103 carries lead the league. This week he may face an even heavier workload since Ben Tate is dealing with a toe injury. Second in the AFC with 380 rushing yards, Foster had 143 total yards and two touchdowns in his only game against the Jets in 2010.

The absence of Holmes, who has team highs of 20 catches and 272 yards, just adds to the pressure facing embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez. He threw for 103 yards Sunday and has completed less than 50 percent of his passes in three consecutive games for the first time in his career.

Sanchez’s uneven play since New York’s season-opening win over Buffalo has allowed speculation to run rampant as to whether Tim Tebow will see more snaps under center. Tebow completed a 9-yard pass last week, but Ryan remained committed to Sanchez.

The Jets are in serious trouble, and look for this to be another serious setback for them at the hands of the Texans, who are riding high and will ground the Jets in big fashion.

Houston 31 NY Jets 13

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