The New York Jets went into their Monday Night Football game against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium saddled with multiple injuries and viewed as huge underdogs. The Jets battled all night and kept it interesting, falling 23-17 to a team that many consider the best in the NFL. J.J. Watt was a one man wrecking crew for the Texans on defense, while Jeremy Kerley and Joe McKnight – two players we've been asking for more of – starred for the Jets. Antonio Cromartie did an excellent job on Andre Johnson all night, including an interception.
The New York Jets played a scrappy game against the heavily-favored Houston Texans. The game featured a 100-yard kickoff return by Joe McKnight followed by an unsuccessful onside kick attempt that went through the hands of Chaz Schilens, and some other creative and aggressive playcalls by the Jets. J.J. Watt had six tackles, a sack and three passes deflected for the Texans. Jeremy Kerley had five catches for 94 yards.
The Jets were creative in their use of personnel, with Tim Tebow seeing more time on offense and Antonio Cromartie actually getting some looks as well. Mark Sanchez tried to hit Antonio Cromartie deep down the sideline at one point but the pass took Cromartie just out of bounds as he beat Jonathan Joseph. The Jets dealt with issues getting personnel and plays in during the second half, burning two timeouts that they could have used to extend the game. Rex Ryan said the injury to Clyde Gates caused some confusion on that front.
Mark Sanchez finished with 230 passing yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Matt Schaub threw for 209 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Arian Foster rushed for 152 yards on 29 carries, whereas Shonn Greene was the leading rushewr for the Jets with 26 yards on eight carries. Andre Johnson was held to just one catch for 15 yards, blanketed and frustrated by Antonio Cromartie all night.
The Jets were without Dustin Keller, Stephen Hill and Sione Pouha tonight, as well as John Conner. The Jets fall to 2-3, while the Texans are now 5-0 on the season. In some ways, this game looked like the familiar blueprint under Rex Ryan: keep it close, take some chances and see what happens. This time it didn't pan out. If the Jets can reproduce this kind of effort they will have good opportunities to collect some wins.
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