New York Jets vs. Houston Texans
Sunday, September 13th, 12:00 p.m. (CST)
Kickoff Temperature: 83 degrees, 40% chance of precipitation
Line: Texans by 4.5
Five most important things for the Texans:
1. Get started quickly. The Jets will be a team that depends greatly on the run, and if the Texans can get on the scoreboard early, they can perhaps force New York out of their comfort zone.
2. Pressure Sanchez. Mark Sanchez isn't your average NFL rookie quarterback, as the Texans likely won't be able to rattle him, but if Mario Williams and Antonio Smith can introduce themselves to the youngster, he could make mistakes.
3. Stop the run. The Jets love to run the football behind a physical offensive line and the Texans must load up to stop it. Houston had trouble stopping the run in the preseason and they must do better now that the games count.
4. No turnovers. The Texans moved the ball well last season, but turned it over far too often. A mistake free game Sunday against a very tough defense should ensure a victory.
5. 7's, not 3's. Houston was one of the worst red zone teams in the league last season and that must change. Touchdowns will win the game, field goals likely will not.
What to look for:
1. Look for Matt Schaub to throw for over 250 yards. The Texans have a great passing attack and Schaub will chuck it around pretty good.
2. Look for Steve Slaton to run for less than 75 yards. The Jets run defense is solid and they will neutralize the Texans fine back.
3. Look for the Texans to force at least two turnovers. Rookie quarterback in his first game should equal plenty of turnovers.
4. Look for Andre Johnson to find the end zone. The best receiver in the AFC wants to prove that he's the best in the NFL. Look for him to make some plays.
5. Look for Leon Washington to have a big game. Leon Washington is a fantastic player, and he will make plenty of plays on Sunday.
Sleeper watch: James Casey, David Clowney