The New York Jets were aggressive all night, pushing the envelope and taking chances like a team with nothing to lose. The Jets were playing with house money, heavy underdogs with a built-in excuse as they are missing multiple key players. The Jets did just enough to be in the game against the Houston Texans last night on Monday Night Football, but they couldn't make the plays to put them over the top and send the MetLife Stadium crowd home with a win.
The New York Jets used all of their available personnel on offense, from Joe McKnight to Antonio Cromartie and Tim Tebow. Joe McKnight got a few offensive touches, though his big impact was made on special teams as he returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score. Jeremy Kerley had another standout performance with five catches for 94 yards.
J.J. Watt was the story of the night for the Houston Texans, continuing to put himself in the early conversation for Defensive Player of the Year. He may have been the difference in the game last night, as he made multiple plays that changed the course of the game by tipping passes. He also threw in a sack and six tackles.
The Jets got a great performance from Antonio Cromartie, who held Andre Johnson to one catch for 15 yards. Antonio Cromartiet also came down with an interception and was in for three plays on offense. With the receiving corps in need of bodies, don't be surprised to see him out there next week as well.
The Jets played fast and loose, taking some chances. Included in that was an onside kick that followed up the Joe McKnight kick return touchdown, which ended up going through the hands of Chaz Schilens. Agree or disagree with the call, the Jets were going for broke last night and almost pulled off the upset. There were still issues – the inability to stop the run or rush the passer, some bouts of ineptitude on offense – but the Jets had life. A similar effort this week could lead to a win and a return to .500 on the season.
That's called hope. Something the Jets didn't seem to have a week ago.
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