Texans Strut Their Stuff on Monday Night in Jersey
The Houston Texans don't get many chances to show how good they are on national TV, but they get one Monday night when they visit a reeling Jets team in New Jersey (8:30 pm ET, ESPN).
Early last week most football betting outlets opened Monday's game with Houston favored by seven points. But as of Monday morning the Texans had been bet up to -9 at most shops.
Also, the total on Monday's game sits at 40.
Houston, at 4-0, stands with 5-0 Atlanta as the last two unbeaten teams in the league. The Texans haven't exactly played one of the tougher slates so far – the Dolphins, Jags, Broncos and Titans are a combined 6-14 this season – but they have played well. Houston ranks seventh in the league in rushing at 137 YPG, third in total defense at 273 YPG and is 4-0 vs. the pointspreads.
Also, QB Matt Schaub has completed 67 percent of his throws, with seven TD passes and just one INT.
The Texans own a two-game lead over the 2-2 Colts in the AFC South.
The Jets, meanwhile, are 2-2 and in second place in the AFC East, just a half-game back of the first-place Patriots. But that's the sunny side of the situation. New York, coming off a 34-0 drubbing at home at the hands of San Francisco, ranks 28th in offense at just 284 YPG, 25th in rushing at just 87 YPG, and an alarming 31st vs. the run, allowing 173 YPG. The NY defense allowed the 49ers to rush for 245 yards.
The problems don't stop there. QB Mark Sanchez, although he hasn't had much help, has completed less than 50 percent of his passes this season. He now plays under the specter of young Mr. Tebow awaiting on the sidelines.
And the Jets will now play the rest of this season without CB Darrelle Revis and WR Santonio Holmes, both of whom are lost to injury.
These teams last met two seasons ago, also in New Jersey, the Jets stealing a 30-27 victory on a Sanchez-to-Holmes TD connection in the final half-minute.