Great job by Joe McKnight on the kickoff return, taking it 100 yards to the house, exactly when the team needed it. He brought the team back to within striking distance at 20-14. The Jets have recorded a kick return for a TD in 11 years straight. It’s an NFL record, and the Jets specials have been special for a lot of years now.
The onside kick was not necessary, despite the fact that they almost made the recovery. Chaz Schilens had the opportunity to make the play and didn’t, but that doesn’t make it a great call. The team had just come off the 100 yard kickoff return, and had the momentum. The onside kick is such a low percentage play, and when it doesn’t work, it kills the momentum. That is exactly what happened here, as the Texans made the recovery and extended their lead with a field goal. Kick it deep next time.
The defense was inconsistent as well. The pass defense was better, allowing Matt Schaub to only go 14-28 for 209 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. Give a heck of a lot of credit to Antonio Cromartie, who held Andre Johnson to record 1 catch for 15 yards. Shades of Darrelle Revis out of Cromartie with the quality coverage. The pass rush, however, still isn’t any good. Again, no sacks were recorded by the Jets, which is unacceptable. It’s time for Quinton Coples and company to start making an impact in the backfield.
The run defense wasn’t very good, other than a few spots, as well. Arian Foster ran the ball 29 times for 12 yards and one TD, a huge game against the vaunted Jets’ defense. For the game, the Texans averaged 4.8 yards per carry, which is never going to be acceptable. However, the team made stops when it needed to. Any time the Jets needed the ball back, the defense came up big and gave them the ball back. They didn’t stop the run nearly enough all day, but they made stops when it was necessary.
By the way, you cannot say enough about the game that Antonio Cromartie turned in last night. Other than turning the wrong way on the Owen Daniels early TD, Cromartie was terrific. Andre Johnson was a non-factor in the football game, thanks to Antonio. Hopefully his play will continue.
All in all there were some good things to take out of the game last night. But, they still have to improve before the Colts come in next week. Andrew Luck is playing well, and has his team playing well. The Colts will not be a push over, and the Jets will have to work hard to get back to 3-3.