Jets – 24 Texans – 7, Instant Reaction

You couldn’t have asked for a better opening day effort from the New York Jets. They completely dominated  a team that all the “expert” analysts were calling a serious playoff contender and a threat to the Colts in the AFC South, while everybody dismissed the Jets as the AFC East’s worst team, who wouldn’t be able to handle the Texans with a rookie quarterback and rookie head coach. Well, that’s why they play the game and there is no question that the Jets embarrassed an over matched, and likely overrated Houston Texans team.

First and Foremost….the Jets defense was phenomenal. Steve Slaton was held to 17 yards rushing and the Jets forced him into a crucial fumble. Andre Johnson was invisible (thank you very much Darrelle Revis, who owned their 1 on 1 match-up) and Matt Schaub looked terrible, mostly thanks to consistently vicious Jets pass rush, which was in his face all day. David Harris looked like an all-pro, racking up 11 tackles, a sack, and a pass defensed. Better yet, everybody contributed with guys like Donald Strickland, Eric Smith, Mike DeVito, and Jamaal Westerman (1st NFL sack before Vernon Gholston) chipping in. Rex Ryan called a great game, keeping Houston off balance.

He Sure Didn’t Look Like A Rookie…Outside of an interception and a handful of other risky throws, Mark Sanchez played very well providing the Jets with a balanced attack by racking up a 272 yard passing performance and a touchdown. Most impressive was Sanchez on third down, where he was nearly flawless routinely converting big throw, after big throw. i believe he was something like 12/15 in those situations. His biggest throw of the day was a 40 yard completion to Dustin Keller on a third down after the Texans had cut the lead to 17-7 on an interception return, completing stopping any chance they had at momentum.

40 Touches…I said before the game that if Thomas Jones and Leon Washington combined for 40 touches, the Jets would win and sure enough they combined for 39 and the Jets won. Brian Schottenheimer did an excellent job utilizing Leon Washington (15 carries, 60 yards, 4 catches 24 yards) and sticking with Thomas Jones who struggled early but broke through in the second half with 2 huge runs and 2 touchdowns. He finished the day with 107 yards on 20 carries. I also like the Jets “Seminole” aka their version of the Wildcat, which hit for a couple of nice runs to Washington.

No Brandon Marshall, No Laveranues Coles, No Problem…Great games by Jerricho Cotchery, Dustin Keller, and Chansi Stuckey who all raised their games on third downs to make big plays for their rookie quarterback. Cotchery ran well after the catch and was right around 100 yards, as was Keller. Stuckey obviously had the big 30 yard touchdown and ran well on receiver screens.

You What Is Even More Exciting?…We didn’t even have Calvin Pace, Shaun Ellis, or Shonn Greene today. The Jets D is going to be scary, scary good when those guys come back….No sacks allowed by the Jets -Line…Kris Jenkins is still a beast…The Dolphins looked like garbage today, getting beat down by Atlanta…We are playing New England next week, you have to love that early season big game.

And on that note, I will carry on being in a great mood for the Jets of my Sunday.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports


    At the end of the 2007 season, David Harris was thought to be one of the most promising young defensive players in the NFL. Working off an injury, his 2008 season was disappointing.Big news for Jet fans- HE’S BACK! He was amazing yesterday, as were Jenkins, Keller, Revis and Jones. Fanecca was amazing on both of Jones’ big runs.

    Liked the quarterback, too.

  • WOW!!

    The Jets D is amazing and we’re missing 2 of or top guys. Jenkins was tossing offensive lineman around like crash test dummies. The Texans offensive line looked completely outmatched and I could swear I saw Matt Schaub crying and his QB coach speechless shaking his head at the pictures of the Defensive schemes he’s was looking at.

    If the Jets manhandle the Pats line like this, chalk up another win right now.

    Don’t sleep on the Dolphins though. I actually recorded that game and watched it last night. The Dolphins were handling the Falcons very well, but gave up some fluke turnovers that changed the entire game. Fumbles left and right, not to mention a Chad Pennington interception. If not for the turnovers, the Falcons lose handily.

    Good news is that the Jets can equal [at least] the pressure the Falcons brought to the Fins, so I would dare to predict that we sweep the Fins this season.

    If we beat the Pats next week, I say we go all the way to the Big Show!

    …or maybe I’m just high off this amazing win and utter beatdown of a heavily favored Texans team.

  • Joe Caporoso

    Angel and Bruce Harper,

    I share your excitement and couldn’t agree more about guys like Harris and Jenkins turning in dominating performances, the defense couldn’t have looked any better as the stars stepped up (Jenkins, Harris, Revis, Scott) and the role players all contributed (Strickland, DeVito, Westerman, E Smith.

    The Dolphins are staring 0-2 in the face because they play Indy next week. I really think the Jets are the 2nd best team in the division so let’s see how they stack up against the Pats this Sunday.