It’s difficult to imagine how things could have gone worse for the New York Jets Sunday in their loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Now the Jets face the unenviable task of trying to bounce back against what might be the best team in football right now, the 4-0 Houston Texans, on this week’s version of Monday Night Football (8:30 pm ET, ESPN).
Week 4 Jets Review
The Jets got embarrassed by the Niners to the tune of 34-0 Sunday in New Jersey, and it could have been worse. San Fran let a couple of first-half scoring opportunities slip away, and at the end of the game Niners back-up QB Colin Kaepernick, showing undeserved mercy, slid down on the NY 3-yard-line, instead of waltzing into the end zone.
The Jets gave up 245 yards rushing to San Fran, garnered just 145 yards of offense themselves and turned the ball over four times.
Still, through the bad play, the budding quarterback controversy, the injuries and the bad press, at 2-2 New York actually lead the AFC East, thanks to its 2-0 record in divisional play.
QB Mark Sanchez is the easy target for blame, and deserving of at least some of it, completing less than 50 percent of his passes this season. But he had plenty of help Sunday, with a running game that produced 45 yards and a defense that looked confused and even uninterested at times.
What’s that chant we hear from the masses around Jets Nation? Tea-bo?
Not only have the Jets lost CB Darrelle Revis for the season to a knee injury, now word is they might have lost WR Santonio Holmes for the year to a foot injury suffered vs. San Francisco. And the New York receiving corps isn’t exactly deep to begin with.
This Week’s Opponent
Houston opened its season with a 30-10 win over Miami, then beat Jacksonville 27-7, then beat the Broncos in Denver 31-25. Last Sunday the Texans got to 4-0 with a 38-14 triumph over Tennessee.
Houston QB Matt Schaub has completed 67 percent of his passes and owns a 7/1 TD/INT ratio, the Texans are averaging 137 YPG on the ground and the defense leads the league in allowing just 273 YPG. So at the moment Houston’s got it all going on.
What’s Really Important: The Betting Lines
Would anybody in their right mind include the Jets among their NFL picks this week? Apparently not. New York opened as a seven-point home underdog for Monday night’s game at most football betting outlets, but as of Tuesday AM that number had been bumped to nine.
However, the Jets might have one trend going for them this week; So far this season NFL home dogs are 13-8 straight up and 14-7 ATS.