An inside have a look at Sunday’s Jets-Texans Week 12 matchup at MetLife Stadium:
Texans QB Tyrod Taylor vs. Jets defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich
The Texans are going by way of a serious rebuild, and beginning quarterback Deshaun Watson has to not play for the crew all 12 months, amid a group of off-field authorized troubles. That has left a roster with out a lot firepower, however Taylor, the veteran quarterback, has been in a position to push Houston to 2 wins. The Texans are 0-6 with out Taylor and 2-2 with him, together with final week when he ran for 2 touchdowns within the upset of the Titans.
The Jets protection performed a lot better final week in opposition to the Dolphins after giving up 175 factors in its earlier 4 video games. The Texans have the worst offense in soccer. If the Jets can cease Taylor, they’ll cease the Texans.
“I don’t know if I’ve beat Tyrod,” Ulbrich stated. “He’s an absolute ache within the ass as a result of clearly he’s obtained velocity and athleticism, however he’s obtained a competitiveness to him. He embodies the be at your greatest when your greatest is required. He’s a man that when he wants to maneuver the sticks, he strikes the sticks. It’s clearly we obtained to be nice on the backend. … Arm is certainly a menace. Legs are simply as a lot of a menace. So, he’s the true dual-threat kind of man.”
This isn’t precisely a conflict of the titans. This sport has extra which means for subsequent spring’s draft than the present standings. The Jets will play good protection in opposition to Tyrod Taylor, and Zach Wilson will just do sufficient to win this sport.
Jets 14, Texans 13
Air raid: The Jets offense has come alive over the previous month, significantly the passing sport. They’ve finished it with three totally different quarterbacks and now will attempt to do it with a fourth — Zach Wilson.
They’ve averaged 346.5 passing yards per sport of their previous 4 video games, essentially the most within the league by greater than 60 yards per sport in that span. Since Week 8, the Jets rank within the prime half of almost each passing class and lead the league in passing yards per sport, passing touchdowns and passing first downs.
Coach Robert Saleh stated he’s not involved concerning the offense slowing down with Wilson now on the controls.
“I believe there’s additionally an understanding, in phrases with Zach, simply getting higher, simply maintain the primary factor the primary factor, and understanding find out how to play quarterback on this league,” Saleh stated.
Displaying Moore: The potential Jets rookie WR Elijah Moore confirmed in coaching camp has begun to translate into manufacturing over the previous month. Moore has damaged out up to now 4 video games. In his first 5 video games of the season, Moore had 9 receptions for 79 yards and no receiving touchdowns (he did have one speeding TD). Over the previous 4, he has 24 receptions for 336 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Moore racked up in opposition to the Dolphins final week with eight catches for 141 yards and an extended landing.
“The manufacturing is a results of the truth that Elijah has been getting higher,” Saleh stated. “And I believe Elijah would be the first individual to let you know that his alignment has been rather a lot higher, his get off has been rather a lot higher, his route operating has been rather a lot higher, his understanding of zone and man and separation has been rather a lot higher.”
Corridor monitor: The Jets had lots of query marks at cornerback getting into this season. However second-year nook Bryce Corridor has answered the questions on him. He has performed nicely and appears like he needs to be a long-term starter for them. Professional Soccer Focus has Corridor rated because the No. 31 cornerback out of 118 they’ve graded. Final week, Corridor completed with a 90.4 grade from PFF, a particularly excessive mark.
“He’s a man that simply due to the dearth of expertise, you didn’t know essentially what you fully had in, though we have been all excited concerning the participant, the athleticism that he has, the size that he possesses, the scholar, the employee, the center,” defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich stated. “He’s dedicated to this sport as a lot as any human on this constructing, or coach. And so, we have been excited however, it was nonetheless this unknown entity, in lots of methods, and he’s like, I instructed him this the opposite day, he’s turn out to be an actual nook on this league.”
Texans takeaway: Veteran coach Lovie Smith is the Houston defensive coordinator, and he has his unit taking the ball away. The Texans are tied for fourth within the NFL with 19 takeaways. The Texans had 5 in final week’s upset of the Titans, together with 4 interceptions of Ryan Tannehill.
The Jets have essentially the most giveaways within the NFL with 23, so this can be a essential a part of the sport. Wilson has but to play full sport with out an interception. Will he defend the soccer higher in his return from damage? The sport might be determined by a turnover.