Joe Caporoso – Smart Football vs. Making Money – If the New York Jets are smart they will run a crafty offensive game plan that utilizes trick plays, occasional Tebow use and anything else to avoid playing the Houston defense straight up. If they are stupid and looking to shatter what little confidence Mark Sanchez has left, they will run a standard game plan, hand the ball to Shonn Greene 15 times and drop Sanchez back while he waits for receivers like Clyde Gates to get open. In that scenario, Sanchez is obviously going to struggle, leading to him being benched for next week’s “easy” game against Colts and the ushering in of the Tebow era. We are already hearing chatter about owner Woody Johnson pushing for him to play as it seems the Jets care more about being a money making gimmick than building a successful football team.
Tebow has value on this team, as a runner with occasional passes mixed in. As a full time starting quarterback for the long term? Absolutely not.
Chris Gross – The Jets Run Defense vs. Houston’s Running Attack – New York is coming off their most embarrassing defensive performance in the Rex Ryan era, having allowed 245 yards rushing to 9 different ball carriers in their home blowout to the San Francisco 49ers. For a team that was once proud of stout defense, the Jets seem to have lost their roots. However, after extensive film review, many of New York’s defensive woes are fixable. With the 9th ranked rushing offense coming to town this Monday night, it will be very interesting to see how this unit responds after such a disappointing performance. Will they go in the tank and continue to be pushed around by opposing offenses week in and week out? Or will they find that notorious swagger that propelled them to two consecutive AFC Championship games just a couple seasons ago, by shutting down the two headed monster of Arian Foster and Ben Tate? Monday night will tell us a lot about where this team is headed for the remainder of this season.
Chris Celletti – Matchup: Jets’ run defense vs. Arian Foster/Ben Tate. Rex Ryan’s defense has been completely torn apart so far in 2012, and surprisingly it’s the run defense specifically that has been putrid. The Jets’ have been exposed as an aging, slow and poor-tackling defense, which does not bode well when you’re trying to stop your opponents’ rushing attacks. On Monday night, the Jets have no chance to beat the Texans if Arian Foster and Ben Tate run wild. If Houston controls field position and time of possession, do you expect the Jets’ offense to do anything positive against Houston’s tough defense, having limited possessions and bad field position? The only way the Jets win is if they’re the ones who can limit Houston’s possessions and win the field position battle. That starts with stopping the ground game, a very tall order for this current Jets’ defense. If Foster has a big day, the Jets will be 2-3 and on the verge of an early season meltdown.
TJ Rosenthal – The matchup we anticipate the most is Mark Sanchez going against the crowd, his own inner demons, and the Texans. All with limited weaponry to aid him. Can Sanchez somehow keep his cool, avoid mistakes and moping, and save his job? After all, we hear the owner, a huge Romney fan by the way, bigger than he is a Jet fan, is rumored to be pushing for Tebow to take his job. If things crash Monday for 6, there will be a new pilot sooner rather than later. Right or wrong, that’s where the Jets are at this moment.
Rob Celletti – Matchup? Do the Jets match up anywhere on the field with the Houston Texans? This game barely feels like a fair fight. The Texans sport an elite rushing attack; the Jets’ answer is the second-worst run defense in the league. Calling the Jet offense anemic would be a compliment; actually, calling it an “offense” is a compliment. Meanwhile, the Texans’ defense is downright ferocious.