Houston Texans vs. New York Jets
Two teams with big expectations meet in Houston as the Houston Texans host the New York Jets in the final game of week one of the NFL Preseason. The Texans are -2.5 favorites over the Jets with an over/under point total set at 35.
Every year seems to be touted as “the year” that the Texans are going to make the playoffs for the first time but every year they have fallen short of that goal. Matt Schaub puts up big numbers at QB and is a solid number one while Matt Leinhart is listed as the number two, look for T.J. Yates to pass him up at some point. Arian Foster came into his own last year and emerged as one of the top running backs statistically while Derrick Ward, Steve Slaton, Ben Tate, and Chris Ogbonnya will all fight for time. Andre Johnson is putting together career numbers that rival anyone who has ever played Wide Receiver, of course the missing piece is a championship. Across from Johnson is Kevin Walter and behind hem is Jacoby Jones, Derrick Townswend, Dorin Dickson and a host of others though Terrence Tolliver can become a number one someday while Jeff Maehl is one of those guys who is always open and who always makes the catch. Owen Daniels is the Tight End followed by Joel Dreessen, Garrett Graham, and Anthony Hill. The Texans defense was abysmal and really the difference between a winning and losing season as they were last against the pass and in the draft they went defense, defense, and defense taking J.J. Watt and Brooks Reed to rush the passer and Brandon Harris and Rashard Carmichael to play corner with their first four picks.
The New York Jets were thinking Super Bowl last season and while they fell a game short losing in the AFC Championship game at Pittsburgh, they gained a ton of experience. Mark Sanchez was inconsistent at QB last year but he played well when it counted most, in the playoffs, and backing him up will be veteran Mark Brunell and Greg McElroy who has been a winner at every level. At Running bAck Shonn Greene is listed ahead of LaDanian Tomlinson but look for them to virtually split carries while Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell have talent further down the depth chart. With Braylon Edwards gone it’s a pair of ex-Steelers at Wide Receiver in Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes with recently added vet Derrick Mason, Jeremy Kerley, Logan Payne, Patrick Turner, Scotty McKnight and others competing for the time and space previously taken by departed Brad Smith and Jericho Cotchery. Dustin Keller is the primary Tight End followed by Mathew Mulligan, Cumberland, and Josh Baker. One thing is for certain, the Jets will be bringing it on defense and with Derrelle Revis in camp this year, he has a better chance of staying healthy all season.
I don’t expect either of these coaches to take it too easy on their players even though it’s preseason but usually the defenses are well ahead of the offenses and the New York defense is just far superior.
New York Jets +2.5 Houston Texans