The Jets, the team that calls the Meadowlands in New Jersey home, is tied for second place in the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) with the Buffalo Bills. Both squads sport a Won-Loss record of 5-4 and are four full games behind the undefeated New England Patriots. New York, however, (and Buffalo, as well) has a legitimate chance to win one of two Wild Card and “punch its own ticket” to postseason play.
The Houston Texans are in the South Division of the American Football Conference with a Won-Loss record of 4-5. This squad defeated Cincinnati on the road last night, ending that team’s undefeated season. Houston, like the visiting Jets, has a real chance to earn an invitation to the playoffs.
The Jets have one of the league’s best defenses and are, in fact, the top-rated team in the entire NFL against the run. Its secondary features football’s best cornerback, Darrelle Revis. The home team, the Texans, excels at “rushing the ball” and has other weapons on offense, too.
That means this contest, which will start at 1 PM on Sunday, will pit a dynamic defense against a potent offense. Of course, the Jets have offensive weapons that give them the ability to score from anywhere on the field. Wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker enjoy a height advantage over most cornerbacks and have enabled the team from New York to have the best Red Zone efficiency rating in the entire National Football League.
Houston, after knocking the Bengals from the ranks of the undefeated, will be playing with more confidence than it has at any time this season. Additionally, with four wins and five losses, it is still in the “playoff hunt” and needs to beat the Jets, a team that it must pass if it wants to win a Wild Card.
The Jets know that Houston will be “fired up” after its big Monday night performance. But this squad has veteran leadership and should be able to withstand a hostile crowd and a “revved up” opponent to perform effectively away from home.
This game promises to be worth watching. Both teams are highly motivated and determined and, importantly, they are well-coached. Winning is everything in professional football and jobs are won or lost based entirely on performances in actual games.
This contest looks like it is a “toss-up” that can go either way. However, as is always true in the NFL, quarterback play will likely determine which team goes home with a win.
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