Texans vs. Jets: Staff predictions

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Nov 16, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) looks on as he walks off the field after the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The Texans won 10-6. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Randy Gurzi, Editor;

Game: New York Jets (5-4) at Houston Texans (4-5)

Prediction: New York has a quarterback coming off surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb, but he looks determined to start against the team that traded him for a bag of potato chips after his best season as a pro. This is a bad sign for the Texans because his back up Geno Smith absolutely loves throwing to the wrong team, so it would have been nice to see him in this game.

Instead, the bearded wonder gets the call and will be fired up for this one. Sure, he says the right things about his feelings about Texans coach Bill O’Brien, and while I believe he does still respect the coach, he wants to show him Houston erred in sending him away.

On the other sideline Houston is without their quarterback Brian Hoyer, who suffered a rough concussion, which included a bout with memory loss. So enter T.J. Yates, AKA, the Bengals killer.

The good news for Yates is the defense has looked better and is keeping the Texans in the games lately, the bad news? There is still no running game and the Jets have a strong defensive line. Even with that going against Yates, I don’t think he will fear the most overrated and overpaind cornerback dup in the league in Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie.

The defense finds a way to slow down Fitzpatrick, who won’t be 100% following surgery and may be pressing due to his feelings about being traded (yes, those feelings are there even if he hides them). Yates will find DeAndre Hopkins a couple of times as he will easily handle the over-the-hill Revis (who was made to look like a clown against another former Clemson stud in Sammy Watkins last week). Houston takes a close one again as everyone begins to believe.

Final Score: Houston 17, New York 13

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