When does a .500 record not seem like a .500 record? Right now.
The New York Jets just might be the worst 2-2 team in the history of the NFL. Strong words, yes, but analyze the potential blood-letting on Monday Night Football against the Houston Texans for a moment.
The Texans have an intimidating defense that has stifled many an opposing offense over the last couple of years, both good and bad. They steamroll offensive lines and harass the quarterback with the best of them. What a mismatch the Texans' defense and the Jets' offense will be. Remember, Mark Sanchez completed all of 10 passes against a suspect defense in Pittsburgh playing without the two prolific Steelers. He appeared petrified and lost last week against the San Francisco 49ers. Goodness, how might he play against what could be an even better defense?
No one runs on the Texas defense either, and the Jets have a pathetic rushing attack. Sean Greene seems as if he's running uphill all the time. You could also feel his frustration, because nary a hole has been opened on his behalf this year. It's safe to say holes will be in short supply on Monday night.
When the Jets are on defense, they've had difficulties in three areas: stopping the run, defending the pass, and mounting a pass rush. Oh wait, that's everything. Okay, they might be a little better poised to play pass defense, but they also might not have to this week. Arian Foster is just the kind of running back that could disappear into the Jets secondary for a couple of 35 or 40 yard gains. The Jet front seven hasn't had any answers for any running game, let alone a fantastic one.
Matt Schaub is a terrific quarterback, even more so when he can settle in for a nap and a beverage in the pocket. The greatly overestimated and awfully disappointing Jet pass rush has not even breathed heavily on a quarterback this year.
It all adds to a sensationally one-sided affair on Monday - perhaps Houston 38, Jets 6.
Glenn Vallach has been a football fan for most of his lifetime, but never played organized pigskin unless you consider the thousands of youth hours running slant routes on city streets. Don Maynard was his idol, an adulation he took seriously, complete with a number 13 stitched to his sweatshirt. He remains a New York Jet fan through so much disappointment and embarrassment over the years. Coach Rex Ryan has rekindled a dormant fire, but sometimes he feels as if he doesn't understand the likely end result of all his efforts. It has been 42 years, after all.
- · Yahoo! Sports New York Jets page
- · Yahoo! Sports Mark Sanchez page
- · Yahoo! Sports Houston Texans page
- · Yahoo! Sports Matt Schaub page
- · Yahoo! Sports Arian Foster page
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