Following a Sunday which saw the Jets blown out at home by the San Francisco 49ers while losing a valuable contributor (Santonio Holmes) for the second consecutive week, the Jets' Monday night matchup against the Houston Texans is being viewed by many as a season-defining game.
In truth, Houston, like San Francisco, represents the vastly more difficult end of Gang Green's remaining schedule. Following Monday night's game, the Jets will only face one more team (New England) that made the playoffs in 2011.
Yet the Jets looked very bad last week and didn't look particularly good against the Dolphins in Week 3 either, and the national audience provided by Monday Night Football makes this game feel like an early referendum on the Jets' 2012 season. There could be lasting impacts to an ugly loss to Houston, and several Jets will have to step up for Gang Green to have a chance to pull the upset.