~ ~ If the Texans are going to elevate their record to 5-0 with a nationally televised Monday night victory at MetLife Stadium, they’re going to have to show New York Jets coach Rex Ryan something he respects — a physical, nasty defense that dominates.
The Texans allow 14 points a game, fewest in the NFL.The defense has allowed five touchdowns, one more than Arizona’s league low.Wade Phillips’ defense ranks first (273 yards per game), including second against the pass (182.8).An indication of just how far the Texans have come can be found in Sunday’s 38-14 victory over Tennessee. They won by 24 — their third victory by at least 20 — but many of us are complaining because they surrendered 158 yards rushing, including 5.4 a carry.It’s not nitpicking to point out the Texans should be concerned about their 11th-ranked run defense after Chris Johnson blistered them for 142 yards and averaged 5.6 a carry.And don’t buy that bull about Johnson getting all his yards in the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach. When the Texans led 21-7 in the third quarter, Johnson had 81 yards on 16 carries.“Statistics sometimes don’t tell the whole story,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “They’re playing extremely well. And they’re doing it because they’re playing hard and they’re playing together.”
Sanchez a thorn
But the Texans better improve that run defense by Monday night because they’re playing a team that’s getting belittled by its fans and media and is determined not to have a repeat performance.The Jets were so feeble in their 34-0 home loss to San Francisco that they generated only 145 yards, including 45 rushing. They allowed 245 yards rushing and three touchdowns.At a time when many of their fans are ready to hit the panic button, no one could blame Ryan if he feels the Texans are the perfect cure for quarter-back Mark Sanchez’s suffering.The Ryan-Sanchez partnership is 2-0 against the Texans. The Texans are favored by 7½.
Jets fans are howling for Tim Tebow, but Ryan is sticking with Sanchez. The coach must know that if Sanchez is going to snap out of it against any team, it must be the Texans. No need for Tebow in this game, even though he’s 1-0 against the Texans.Something Sanchez and Tebow didn’t have to confront, though, was a Phillips-coached Texans defense.Ryan has known Phillips since he was a senior at Southwestern Oklahoma. His father, Buddy Ryan, was Philadelphia’s head coach in 1986, and Phillips was his defensive coordinator.Ryan knows what he’s up against, but so does Phillips.Ryan didn’t lose brain cells overnight. He’s the same coach who led the Jets to the AFC Championship Game in his first two seasons. His philosophy is still to run the ball productively and to stop the run effectively. The problem is he doesn’t have as many good — and healthy — players as he used to.This is a chance for Phillips and his defense to show the nation their run defense is better than 11th and that they can become the physical, nasty, dominant defense no one appreciates more than Ryan.
~ ~ “(Rex) Ryan has known (Wade) Phillips since he was a senior at Southwestern Oklahoma. His father, Buddy Ryan, was Philadelphia’s head coach in 1986, and Phillips was his defensive coordinator. Ryan knows what he’s up against, but so does Phillips.” John McClain of the Houston Chronicle takes a first look at Texans-Jets.
Welcome to Monday Night Football
as the Jets take on the Texans in prime time at 8:30 p.m. This game is presented by Hess and features the Ring of Honor Ceremony and Breast Cancer Awareness. Just remember: Get in early. Get LOUD. Get ready to be our 12th man and lead the Jets to victory!
Here are a few details that you should know :
■ Monday night’s game is the third regular-season home game. Please be sure to bring Texans Game 3 parking pass and tickets. Also, your ticket must have a barcode at the bottom.
■ Parking lots open at 3:30 p.m.
■ Will Call opens at 5:30 p.m. General Will Call is located at MetLife South Will Call and Suite Will Call is located to the right of General Will Call, at the trailer adjacent to the Club/Suite entrance lane.
■ Stadium gates open at 6:30 p.m.
■ As a reminder, for fans that sit on the East side of the stadium, there is a fan walkway between the Pepsi and Bud Light Gates allowing access all the way around the exterior of the stadium. Note that your ticket allows access to any stadium gate for entry.
■ Player warmups start at about 7:30 p.m.
■ Pack up your tailgate early and get to the gate by 7:45 p.m. to ensure you are in your seats for a special Monday night version of player introductions featuring pyrotechnics. And you never know which Jets Alumni will stop by to lead the stadium in the J-E-T-S chant!
■ The National Anthem will be performed by the Broadway cast of Jersey Boys and the halftime show will feature the Ring of Honor Induction Ceremony for Jets greats Wesley Walker and Mark Gastineau.
■ Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m.
■ At the conclusion of the game, be sure to pick up your Ring of Honor poster when you leave, courtesy of Hess.
If you have any questions on gameday, please call a Jets Representative at 800-469-JETS (5387).
Ring of Honor
Salute those who have helped define the Jets franchise during a special halftime ceremony honoring the third class of inductees into the team's Ring of Honor. We need you there wearing your green, cheering as loudly as you can and saluting 2012 inductees Wesley Walker and Mark Gastineau. These two players will be enshrined inside MetLife Stadium with Jets season ticket holders forming their respective numbers, 85 and 99. Their induction brings the number of Jets Ring of Honor members to 12.
Breast Cancer Awareness
Help support Breast Cancer Awareness Month at this game by sporting your pink and green. In addition to the players adding a touch of pink to their uniforms, we will honor five breast cancer survivors as honorary captains for the coin toss through the American Cancer Society. Later in the month, the Atlantic Health Jets Women's Organization (AHJWO) will again partner with the American Cancer Society for their Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Oct. 21 in Parsippany, N.J. AHJWO members will form a team, solicit friends and family for financial donations and participate in the walk. The AHJWO has been the No. 1 NFL-affiliated walk team in the country the past two years, raising more than $26,000. To support our team, please click here.
Our goal every game is to ensure you have an enjoyable and unforgettable gameday experience as well as a safe one. We are always on the lookout to keep your gameday safe and tackle bad behavior but we can use your help! To report an issue anonymously on gameday, text the word JETS to 78247 or call the Jets Guest Services Hotline at 201-559-1515.
One Car, One Spot Parking Policy
Tailgating is an exciting ritual on gameday and is permitted provided guests tailgate in the same space occupied by their vehicle. Please be courteous to your fellow fans — open parking spaces should not be used for tailgating. This season MetLife Stadium and the Jets will be actively monitoring all lots with additional security and patrols in bright green vests enforcing the One Car, One Spot policy.
Official Jets App
Take your gameday to the next level and download the official Jets App on your mobile phone for free! Get special offers on gameday as well as replays, roster and stats plus maps of the stadium and ability to report an issue. Visit www.newyorkjets.com/app to download.
When you sell tickets on NFL Ticket Exchange or forward them using Jets Account Manager, the original barcodes are canceled and new ones are issued immediately so there’s only one set of valid tickets available at a time. If someone tries to get in using the original tickets with canceled barcodes, we’ll flag your account and may suspend your selling and forwarding privileges while we investigate.
This is part of our aggressive efforts to protect season ticket holders and other Jets fans from ticket fraud and provide a great gameday experience. Please don’t try to use your tickets or give them to friends or family after you’ve sold or forwarded them, and destroy them to make sure they don’t get lost or stolen.
Remember: Once you sell or forward, shred 'em and forget 'em! For more information click here.
Take the Train to the Game
Whether you're coming from NYC, New Jersey, Rockland, Westchester, Long Island or even Connecticut, simply take transit to NYC Penn Station (transfer at Secaucus), Secaucus Junction or Hoboken Terminal. From these locations, connect to the Meadowlands Rail Line. The train station is located at the Train Gate, just steps from the stadium. Click here for more information.
There are three trains from NYC Penn Station in the first 15 minutes of each hour to Secaucus Junction. If you miss the trains in the first 15 minutes of the hour, the next train will typically not be available for 45 minutes, which is the start of the next hour. The Hoboken train runs about every 10 minutes to the stadium. PATH trains at 34th Street–Herald Square run about every 10 minutes from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., then about every 20 minutes in the evening.
Note that the NJ Transit Schedule is subject to change. For more information click here.
Take the Bus to the Game
Another popular option is the Coach USA Bus Service, which offers the No. 351 direct bus service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to the MetLife Sports Complex for all Jets home games. The 351 bus service will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will continue to run until 9 p.m. from Gate 207. The 351 bus line will be operational for 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game. Dropoff and pickup at the stadium is located near Parking Lot K, same as the 2011 season. A roundtrip ticket costs $10 and a one-way ticket is $5 (exact change is required).
For more information click here or call (800) 877-1888, Ext. 3.
Or park remotely
Need a place to park and don’t have a season parking pass? Two popular independently run parking alternatives are Secaucus Park & Ride and Murray Hill Parkway. Secaucus Park and Ride is located at 675 New County Rd. at Seaview Drive in Secaucus and costs $20 on Sunday, $28 on weeknights and $165 for 8 game passes — park your car, then hop on the NJ Transit train. Or use Murray Hill Parkway’s satellite parking, off of Paterson Plank Road and Union Avenue in East Rutherford. The parking lot opens four hours prior to kickoff and closes one hour after the game ends and costs $35/game, which includes parking and transportation. Tailgating is permitted. The bus drop-off/pickup location on the MetLife Sports Complex is located in Lot G near the Pepsi Gate. Click here for more information on both options.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE PLAZA
Don’t forget, if you ever have a question, concern or comment about anything related to your game experience, look for a member of METLIFE STADIUM GUEST SERVICES or NEW YORK JETS CUSTOMER SERVICE who can either assist you on the spot or help you find someone who can.
Leave plenty of time to get to the game and explore the Plaza, which opens at 6:30 p.m.
MetLife Central: Visit the reinvented MetLife Central on the West side of the stadium located directly inside the new MetLife Gate. Before heading to the stadium, visit metlifecentral.com and sign up for the MetLife Countdown Card or simply download MetLife Pocket Pass app for Android and iPhone. If you forget to download before coming to the stadium, no worries, just pick up your card on site. With the MetLife Countdown Card or Pocket Pass, you will have an all-access pass to MetLife Central on gameday! Test your football skills on The Turf, win once-in-a-lifetime prizes, meet Jets alumni, high-five Snoopy and more! Be sure to visit MetLife Central so you don’t miss out on all these exciting experiences!
Verizon Corner: Visit the Verizon Studio located on the 100 level concourse in the Verizon Cornerstone to experience the latest devices and technology from Verizon. Enter for a chance to win amazing Jets prizes and don’t forget to follow the Jets with FiOS Internet and NFL Mobile. Only from Verizon!
Bud Light: Come listen to great music by the band The Replicants from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Bud Light Stage. Don’t forget to stop by the Bud Light Beer Garden to witness the carne asada grilling competition finals!
Flight Crew: Check out the Flight Crew Cheerleaders from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Bud Light Beer Garden, Toyota vehicle display near the MetLife Central Plaza on the West side of stadium and ESPN New York 98.7 FM radio tent outside the West VIP club entrance and see the Show Team perform at the Verizon stage. Also, be sure to stop by the Jets Shop Flagship Store to pick up the 2013 Jets Flight Crew Calendar and have it signed by members of the Flight Crew!
Broadcasting: Come listen to the ESPN New York 98.7 FM pregame radio show with Don LaGreca and Greg Buttle beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the stage located between the MetLife and Verizon Gates.
Jets Gear: Get the all new Nike jerseys and New Era caps at the Jets Shop Flagship Store adjacent to MetLife Central. The Jets Shop Item of the Week is the New Era Breast Cancer Awareness Sideline Cap, originally $35, Sunday $30.
Food Truck City: Visit Food Truck City located inside the plaza between the Verizon and SAP/Train Gates. Check out a variety of foods from Mexicue, Kimchi Taco, Nuchas Empanadas and Rickshaw Dumplings.
Home Food Advantage: This week’s Home Food Advantage Item of the Week is the clam strips, originally $7.50, Sunday $6.50.
Toyota: Check out the Toyota vehicle displays on the plaza around the stadium for information on the vehicles displayed and free merchandise.
MasterCard: Calling all MasterCard cardholders. Take advantage of the MasterCard Meal Deal at all Jets home games this year. Use your MasterCard at any Franks stands to buy one hot dog and a bag of Lay’s chips and receive a free souvenir cup of any Pepsi product. Use your New York Jets Debit MasterCard® from Chase at the Jets Shop Flagship Store and get 15% off. Visit a local Chase branch to get your New York Jets Debit Card.
Lexus: See the latest vehicles from Lexus, located on the plaza in front of the West VIP lobby, and learn more about the official luxury vehicle of the New York Jets. While checking out the vehicles, visit with a Lexus representative and ask how you can win two Lexus Club tickets AND two pregame sidelines passes to the next New York Jets home game!
Super Bowl XLVIII: Look for the Super Bowl Host Committee in the parking lots who will be searching for volunteers for when MetLife Stadium hosts the 2014 Super Bowl! To read more on the big game, visit nynjsuperbowl.com.
Tailgaters: Grill out with Weber/Lobel’s as they make sandwiches to your liking near the Verizon Gate.
Tables & Chairs: Take a seat and enjoy the plaza with the green-colored tables and chairs scattered around.
Premio: Visit their trailer on the island outside the West VIP entrance for some free sampling of Premio’s quality sausages.
Posted ImageNew York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has been up and down in his four-year career. But one of his biggest and most consistent strengths has been his ability to throw on play-action passes.Unfortunately for the Jets, that hasn't been the case this year. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Sanchez is ranked 30th in the NFL with a 45.8 completion percentage on play-action. Sanchez has thrown for 140 yards, one touchdown and one interception.Play-action passing is Sanchez's bread and butter, but there are various reasons his numbers are down. For starters, New York has a sputtering running game. Defenses do not have to respect the play-action if the Jets cannot run the football. Second, tight end Dustin Keller (hamstring) and now receiver Santonio Holmes (foot) are both injured. Finally, Sanchez’s overall accuracy (49.2) has been down this year.The Jets need to figure out their offensive identity. Opposing defenses have been one step ahead because the Jets have yet to zero in on their strengths.
The Houston Texans rolled through the first four weeks of the season, looking every bit like the class of the AFC.They've also put the rest of the league on notice with their smothering defence and balanced, high-scoring offence.
The New York Jets? Well, that's another story.
Rex Ryan's banged-up bunch has struggled to score, lost its two best players to season-ending injuries, is coming off a 34-0 thrashing by San Francisco and have a potential quarterback controversy brewing with Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.So, with the Texans (4-0) heading to MetLife Stadium to play the befuddling Jets (2-2) on Monday night, it would appear to be a big-time mismatch."We're going to fight like we're the underdog," a defiant Ryan said. "We're going to swing, that's for sure. We're not going to just take it, I can tell you that much."And, the Texans don't expect an easy night -- especially since they're 0-5 against the Jets, including 0-3 on the road."They're a dang good team, they're in first place in their division," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said of the AFC East-leading Jets. "They had a rough week last week. Everybody in this business goes through something like that. I expect them to bounce back and play very well. That's what I'm telling my team -- they're going to bounce back and play well."The key is, how are we going to play? Are we going to continue to play the way we're playing and do the things it takes to win? That's why we stay focused on ourselves all the time."
That approach has suited the Texans just fine. They are already off to their best start, and are looking for their second five-game winning streak in franchise history."So, the Houston Texans, watching this group right here, it looks like they have a lot of weaknesses on their team," Ryan quipped. "Yeah, 'Ryan slams Texans.' That'll be the headlines. That will be good."Ryan ran down a lengthy list of things that make the Texans an elite team, something everyone around the league is finding out for themselves. Houston leads the NFL in scoring defence, yards allowed and third-down efficiency, and leads the AFC in passing defence. The Texans also have not given up a lead this season, and have trailed for a combined 18 minutes, 52 seconds through four games."People are going to judge you by what they see," defensive end J.J. Watt said of playing on Monday Night Football. "This is really the nation's first chance to see what we're about. I'm excited about that. I'm excited to show everybody what I've been working on, what our team's been working on and it's a chance for the Houston Texans to step up on a national stage."Watt has been the leader of the league's top-ranked defence, registering 7 1/2 sacks and being selected the AFC defensive player of the month for September. Throw in linebackers Brooks Reed, Brian Cushing and Bradie James, defensive end Antonio Smith and a secondary that includes Johnathan Joseph and the Jets' offence could be in for a long night.
New York ranks 28th overall and its run-first approach has been mostly grounded this season, with the Jets averaging just 3.2 yards a carry. That has affected the passing game, of course, and Sanchez is off to a miserable start with a 69.6 quarterback rating. He's also without Santonio Holmes, who's out for the season with a foot injury.It all doesn't do much to quell the ever-growing number of fans and media who want to see more of Tebow on offence -- and maybe even supplant Sanchez as the starter. So far, Tebow has been on the field for just 31 of the Jets' 257 offensive snaps, hardly the spark Ryan told everyone he'd be."Whatever they ask you to do," Tebow said, "I just try and do it with all my heart."Sanchez and Tebow have done their best to not add any fuel to the fire, complimenting each other all the time and insisting that they're friends with a great relationship on and off the field. Still, Sanchez knows the criticism of him continues to grow.
"I really don't worry about it," Sanchez said.
The Texans do have to be concerned about both quarterbacks because they know this could be the week in which Tebow could play a significant role."If we do our job and we play our assignments and we execute, it doesn't matter what we face," Watt said. "That's what makes our defence successful. Everybody knows what they're supposed to do, and we execute. Obviously, you put Tebow in the game and you do a little bit more with the run and they run some wildcat plays, if we run and tackle, we'll be fine."
Especially when you have an offence like the Texans do, with Arian Foster already carrying the ball 103 times for 380 yards and four touchdowns. Backup Ben Tate also has 117 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and that production sets up an impressive passing game with Matt Schaub.Tight end Owen Daniels has 19 catches and wide receiver Andre Johnson has 16, giving Schaub two reliable targets. The offence also won't have to deal with facing star cornerback Darrelle Revis, who was lost for the year two weeks ago with a torn knee ligament."I don't know about (being) 'easier,"' Schaub said. "He's a great player, he's one of the best in the business at what he does. But their scheme is really tough to beat, with the multiple looks and multiple fronts and coverages they play."Still, it's rare to see a Ryan-led defence ranked 21st in the league, especially when there were high hopes at the start of the season. But, it's only Week 5, Ryan says, and a win against the Texans could turn things around -- on offence and defence -- in a hurry.
"It's going to be a huge challenge for us," Ryan said. "We have to find a way to keep scrapping and see what happens."