This week one preseason contest is a rematch of the thrilling, come-from-behind 2010 regular season game that was won by the Jets on a touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez to Santonio Holmes.
Both teams enter the 2011 season with notable questions. For the Jets, Rex Ryan has yet again promised a Super Bowl victory, which would require a third straight AFC championship game appearance.
The defense has been championship caliber, but Sanchez must show he can command the offense at a world champion caliber.
As for the Texans, the previously mentioned contest against New York was very indicative of the entire season. A very good offense put the team in position to win but the defense allowed a scoring drive with less than two minutes in the game.
Newly hired defensive coordinator Wade Phillips must show that he can turn around his squad quickly in order for the Texans to make their first ever postseason appearance.
The game, which will be televised on ESPN, has the makings of a terrific battle between different philosophies. Rex Ryan brings his swagger and dominant defense to Houston to face Gary Kubiak’s understated personality and prolific offense.
Coverage starts at 8 p.m. EST. Check back here regularly for analysis on all developments as they happen.