Texans vs. Jets: Breaking Down Monday Night's Marquee Matchup

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 21:  Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans in action against the New York Jets on November 21, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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After another wild Sunday full of NFL action, it’s time for football fans across the country to prepare for the Monday Night game between the Houston Texans and the New York Jets.

While on paper this should be an easy win for the Texans, the Jets have been a resilient team under Rex Ryan that bounces back after tough losses.

New York may not win outright, but they will make this game every interesting.

If the majority of Week 5 NFL action wasn’t enough for you Sunday, Monday’s marquee AFC matchup should be the perfect ending to an incredible week of football.


Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ.

When: Monday, Oct. 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Listen: KILT 610 AM (Houston) or WEPN 98.7 FM (New York)

Live StreamNFL Sunday Ticket

Betting Line: Houston (-8) per CBS Sports


Players to Watch

Matt Schaub, QB, Houston Texans

The Houston Texans are predicated on their run offense first and foremost, but the task of keeping drives alive and protecting the football comes down to veteran QB Matt Schaub.

While Schaub is still unproven in big games, he has shown so far this season that, even under pressure, the Texans' star can make clear reads and pass to the open receiver.

There was a time when the veteran QB would force the ball to receivers that were double covered, but his on-field intelligence has improved greatly. That’s great news for Houston fans.

Monday will be a tough matchup against the fourth-ranked Jets' secondary, but the lack of Darrelle Revis due to his knee injury will have the QB feeling more confident. Schaub won’t have a huge day statistically, but the Texans will win because of his efficiency.


Mark Sanchez/Tim Tebow, QB. New York Jets

The New York Jets' offense looked terrible in Week 4, but head coach Rex Ryan knows that, despite the calls from the media to make a switch at QB, Mark Sanchez is his starter going forward.

If Sanchez bombs like he did in the 34-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers last week, though, Ryan will be forced to do something. That something will come in the form of a spread offense led by the enigmatic Tim Tebow.

Ryan must’ve thought of this situation when he traded for Tebow this offseason.

Houston boasts the second-best pass defense in the NFL and the 14th-ranked run defense as well, making Sanchez’s task even taller. If the Jets' offense stalls early, Ryan making a switch at QB to spark his team is very possible.

Let Tebowmania begin all over again.


Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans

The Houston Texans are a run-first offense, and that starts and ends with the supreme running of Arian Foster. While there is no question that Ben Tate is a huge part of what the team does, Foster is the main piece in the Houston puzzle.

As much as fantasy owners love the team’s commitment to Foster and the rushing attack, Texans fans should be a bit concerned by the lack of help he has gotten from his offensive line against tougher defenses.

Foster needs more protection moving forward, but he will have plenty of time against New York's 31st-ranked run defense. With pass-rushing specialists all over the Jets’ front seven, Foster and the Texans' rushing attack will gouge New York all day.

Foster will go over 150 all-purpose yards and help his team seal a big win.


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