Texans vs. Jets: Staff predictions

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Nov 16, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) celebrates at the end of a NFL football game at Paul Brown Stadium. The Texans defeated the Bengals 10-6. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ethan Lington, Staff Writer:

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

Prediction: With Houston’s defense shutting down arguably the most potent offense in the NFL, logic would say that they could keep this hot streak going. They haven’t given up a touchdown in 10 straight quarters of football. The last one came in the 2nd quarter against Miami as a part of the blowout embarrassment 4 weeks ago. It seems like they’ve simplified the scheme, got back to basics, and have played to their potential. It’s awesome to watch, and I think they’ll shut down a Jets team that’s been reeling as of late.

The only concern comes with the Texan offense. With Hoyer unlikely to play, pseudo-hero T.J. Yates will have to step up and lead this team to victory yet again. Without a consistent run game, especially while going up against the top rushing defense in the NFL, it’s a daunting task. He will have to rely on Hopkins all afternoon, but he’ll be shadowed by Revis Island almost every play.

I think it’ll be another low scoring, ugly, grind it out type of performance. Look for the Texans defense and special teams to capitalize on a few turnovers to make the difference in this one. They’ll squeak it out and escape by less than a touchdown.

Final Score: Texans 14, Jets 9

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