Houston Texans Daily Roundup: Saturday game at New York Jets on the horizon

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 09: Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Houston Texans before playing the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 09: Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Houston Texans before playing the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans will face the New York Jets this Saturday and it will be interesting to see how the Texans respond following a loss.

Here is the deal with the Houston Texans, a win on Saturday would be huge in terms of eventually gaining the AFC South championship. The Texans have a two-game lead over both the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans with three games on the schedule. A win this Saturday by the Texans, along with losses by the Colts and Titans this Sunday would clinch the title.

Even though the Jets are 4-9 overall and tied for last in the AFC East they still are capable of having an upset, and look no further than this past Sunday where the NFL had a few upsets in the final scores. The Jets are also coming off a win against the Buffalo Bills — who are also 4-9 — so the Jets do know how to win games from time-to-time.

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The Texans had one of their most uninspired games in quite some time this past Sunday, but that’s OK because they did build a cushion in the standings and a loss didn’t destroy their season.

On the other hand, the Texans can’t afford to lose two games in a row, and if they do and those behind them in the standings win, well are we all in for quite stressful final two games of the regular season.

That though is a few too many “What If’s” for a Tuesday, but something to put on the back burner for Sunday evening. The question is, “Just who are the Jets this season” and “What will the Texans be like on the field in Week 15?”

Here is what others are saying about the two teams enter their Week 15 game with headlines from both the Texans and Jets coverage.

• What many Jets headlines are consisting of is that the Jets win this past Sunday sent them down the 2019 NFL Draft order which is something the Jets probably aren’t even thinking about. Brian Costello of the NY Post wrote this of the Jets and their draft spot after Week 14:

"“If the Jets had lost the game, they would have moved up to No. 1 after the 49ers and Raiders each won their games. The teams would have all had the same 3-10 record, along with the Cardinals, but the Jets have the weakest strength of schedule, which is the tiebreaker.”"

The article also spoke about that the Jets now are at the No. 5 spot in the NFL Draft, and with the above paragraph saying they could be at the No. 1 overall spot that is a big difference. There is no guarantee for a great player picking at No. 1 or No. 5, so it is doubtful the Jets even have though about the fall in the draft order just quite yet. Great news Jets fans, there are still three games left, so maybe a loss to the Texans would help the draft cause of the Jets moving forward.

Robbie Sabo of EliteSportsNY.com had an article bath the “Jets antiqued offense is embracing compared to the Chiefs.” In the article on the Jets offense, Sabo writes:

"“The team also ranks 30th in the land in passing. It’s almost impossible to throw for a mere 192.4 yards a contest. Some teams couldn’t even hit that lowly level if effort-to-fail was involved.”"

Granted the Jets are a poor team on offense and a poor team overall, but I’m giving them the benefit of a doubt for the reason they have a rookie quarterback in Sam Darnold and don’t have much of an offense around him either. The Jets don’t seem to be trying to become a better team, and being under 200 yards passing per game doesn’t reflect a winning NFL franchise either, leading to the Jets having just four wins in 13 games played.

• Jordan Godwin of ESPN.com wrote about the Texans rushing performance against the Colts this past Sunday. The ESPN.com article quoted Texans head coach Bill O’Brien:

"“I’ve got to do a better job mixing it up a little bit more for our guys. It’s a combination of playing and coaching, and hopefully, we can improve this week.”"

It is good to see how O’Brien is taking the heat for the Texans rushing performance, but let’s be honest, even though there have been good moments for the rushing game and they rank high in rushing yards, there is still a lot to want from this group on a consistency level.

The rushing game has to be better in Week 15 compared to Week 14, and to be honest a performance like they had against the Colts can’t happen again, as it would most likely lead to another loss when the games really start to matter more than they already do.

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This is a unique stat as that means the Texans have been competitive in all their games this season, though sometimes the final score can be deceiving too.