Week 5 is here, Jets fans, and our preview of the Monday night matchup as Matt Schaub, Arian Foster, JJ Watt, and the rest of the Houston Texans come into MetLife to face Antonio Cromartie and the rest of the New York Jets. The Jets, despite the blowout last week against the 49ers, sit 2-2 and tied on top of the AFC East. The Texans come into the game 4-0, coming off a 38-14 win over the Tennessee Titans.
The history of this series is very simple, the Jets lead 5-0. The Texans serve as the only team that the New York Jets have never lost a game to. That being said, we all know that it is not going to be a walk in the park tomorrow night. No Darrelle Revis, no Santonio Holmes, and poor performances on both sides of the football make this football game a tough one. Not too many give the Jets a chance in this one. Here are some keys to give the Jets a chance:
ANTONIO CROMARTIE MUST WIN MATCHUP VS ANDRE JOHNSON
Antonio Cromartie will be up against Johnson for most of, if not the entire game. Normally, I wouldn’t make this a major key, as guys have put up big numbers against the Jets before, and the Jets have won. Stevie Johnson has been the only guy to beat Darrelle Revis, and the Jets have still won the games. But in this case, it’s a matchup the Jets HAVE to win.
The reason is the play of the Jets offense. It’s not exactly bursting with firepower, as well have seen in bright green and white colors. The Jets put up 48 points in the season opener, and 30 points over the next three games. The offense has been putrid, plain and simple. If Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson hook up for some quick scores, this game is going to be over before it starts. For the Jets to have any chance in this one, they are going to have to keep it close, and that means keeping Andre Johnson out of the boxscore as much as possible. We need “Good Cro”, from the opening kickoff until the final gun.
STOP JJ WATT
This one is pretty obvious. JJ Watt has recorded 7.5 sacks so far in 2012, putting him on a pace for a record breaking 30 sacks. The Jets as a unit have 5 sacks for the season. JJ Watt is a pass rushing machine in 2012. We have all seen how Mark Sanchez looks under duress. He is not exactly adept at improvisation. He must have a solid pocket in order to make the throws. If JJ Watt blows up the Jets pocket tomorrow night, it’s over.