Like Rex Ryan, I don't believe in moral victories. You either win or lose. Therefore, Monday's close loss against the undefeated Houston Texans is particularly hard to stomach. The Jets went toe-to-toe with one the NFL's best teams but committed a series of costly errors and were unable to stop Texans D-lineman J.J. Watt. Further, the coaching staff conspicuously aided and abetted the Jets' woes.
Two wasted timeouts in the second half came back to haunt the Jets as they sought to drive down the field for a game-winning score. Further, they inexcusably got called for too many men on the field following a Jets punt and Texans fair catch.
But the biggest gaffe was calling for an onsides kick with the score 20-14 early in the third quarter. Perhaps, the Jets got caught up in the emotion following
The Jets offense wasn't much better. Their running game continued to sputter with
Powell averaged 4.5 per rush and still looks like the quicker back. As I wrote two weeks ago, Rex Ryan has got to give the kid more carries. Greene isn't breaking many tackles and we MUST do something to improve our running game.
McCain's interception just before halftime was the second game in a row where
Sanchez had a ridiculous three balls tipped by Watt. How many times do you allow the same defender to tip your passes before you make an adjustment? How about something novel like throwing away from Watt? Sanchez's numbers weren't impressive (14-for-31, 130 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions). However, he was under a lot of pressure and was sacked three times. The offensive line has got to do a better job giving him more time. Case in point: Sanchez's 27-yard touchdown to
On the defensive side, the Jets held the Texans to only six points in the second half and had a huge stop on third-and-1 late in the fourth quarter. However, they still are having major problems stopping the run. Arian Foster had a big game (29-for-152), including a 46-yard scamper while deep in Texans territory and an easy 13-yard touchdown run.
The Jets secondary held the Texans' passing attack in check. Matt Schaub was only 14-for-28 for 209 yards.