Take a quick glance at the tale of the tape for Monday night’s showdown between the Houston Texans and New York Jets.
Houston has outscored its opponents by an NFL-high 70 points this season, the highest total for any team at this point since the 2009. Quarterback Matt Schaub, who ranks second in the AFC with a 105.3 passer rating this season, is a perfect 8-0 and has completed 142-of-215 passes (66.0 percent) for 1,835 yards with 12 TDs over his last eight starts. Oh yeah, and the Texans have one of the most potent rushing attacks (136.5 YPG) in the league.
New York Jets lost their top offensive star back last week when WR Santonio Holmes went down with a Lisfranc injury in his left foot during the team's 34-0 loss to the 49ers. San Francisco held the overmatched Jets to a measly 145 yards of total offense and nine first downs while forcing four turnovers. Tight end Dustin Keller could miss a fourth straight game with a hamstring injury along and rookie WR Stephen Hill could also sit out with a hamstring injury. New York's receiving corps is devastated with injuries, with second-year pro Jeremy Kerley now the primary option.
Texans DE J.J. Watt tallied two of the Texans' four sacks in their victory over the Titans last week. He has recorded 1 1/2-plus sacks in every game this season and has 7 1/2 on the year. He anchors a defensive unit that leads the AFC in scoring defense at 14.0 per game, total defense (273.0 yards a contest) and passing yards allowed (182.8).
49ers CB Carlos Rogers was quoted saying, “It seemed like they (Jets defense) didn’t want to be out there,” in a radio interview earlier this week. The Jets gave up 245 rushing yards and missed 17 tackles in the loss to San Francisco and appeared demoralized in the second half once the game was out of hand. New York ranks 21st in total defense and has to find a way to move on after losing CB Darrelle Revis to a season-ending knee injury.
Texans K Shayne Graham has converted on seven of his eight field-goal attempts this season, but the Texans rank towards the back of the pack in punt and kick return averages.
New York’s special teams have been pretty good. Kicker Nick Folk is perfect in six field-goal attempts and Jeremy Kerley had a big punt return for a TD in Week 1.