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All season long when I've needed to predict a player that would have a big game, I would look at the quarterback who would be facing the Houston Texans. That move has worked like a charm this season. After all, Houston has the worst pass defense in football.
That should mean a big game for Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez has been playing the best football of his career recently, and the Jets have too many weapons for Houston to cover. Even if Jerrico Cotchery's pulled groin limits his ability, the Jets still have Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, Dustin Keller and LaDainian Tomlinson to throw to.
On the other side of the ball, Darrelle Revis is back to being Darrelle Revis. Two weeks ago against the Lions, Revis held Lions playmaker, Calvin Johnson, to one 13-yard catch. Last season against the Texans, Revis held Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson to four catches for 35 yards.
When it comes to Arian Foster and the running game, the Jets have been excellent at stopping the run all season, as well.
So why am I picking the Texans? Because I'm a Jets fan and a big homer. This season the Jets are 0-1 when I pick them to win, and 7-1 when I pick them to lose. The Jets fan inside me can find every reason for the Jets to lose, even something as simple as this being a trap game, or it would be very typical Jets to blow it against the Lions.
So now I must find a reason to take the Texans in this game.
As much as I thought about, one just wasn't coming. I even went and checked what the weather at the Meadowlands would be like on Sunday, saying maybe some wind will throw Sanchez off his game (he struggled in the wind at home last season). But nothing, clear skies and very light wind.
So I'm really just left with this faulty logic. . .
The Jets have struggled at home (just a 2-2 record compared to 5-0 on the road) and since they haven't been playing good football lately, that trend will continue and the Jets not playing up to their potential will come back to hurt them this week.
PS: I really hope that writing out my karma logic isn't going to upset the good karma I've built this season and end up jinxing the Jets.