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Hair of the Dog, Week 14: Houston Texans @ the New York Jets of New Jersey

The clubhouse leader for worst game of the season for Houston in 2023.

Houston Texans v New York Jets Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images

It’s been a fun and exciting season, hasn’t it? Really since the Week 2 31-20 loss to the Colts, the Texans have either won games by multiple scores (@JAX, PIT), or played in games that went down to the final minute (the last eight games, where Houston has gone 5-3). Given all the close games and the play of youngsters like C.J. Stroud and Will Anderson, Jr. along with complements like Tank Dell, Nico Collins, Blake Cashman and Sheldon Rankins, all being led by DeMeco Ryans and his crew, you figured that the bad old days of soul-crushing, boring obliterations were a thing of the past.

Then we come to this game, and in particular, the second half. In rainy conditions, the New York/New Jersey Jets dominated Houston, using their ferocious defense to bludgeon the Houston offense into submission. Houston got nothing going on offense, save one drive that started in Jets territory due to a fumble recovery. Houston QBs were sacked five times and the offense as a whole gained only 135 yards. I did say QBs, as midway through the fourth quarter, C.J. Stroud, who was having his worst day as a NFL QB, was knocked out of the game due to a concussion. Along with him, Nico Collins, Blake Cashman, Will Anderson Jr and a host of other Texans joined him on the rather overstuffed injury list. About the only real positive is that Houston is still in eighth place for playoff consideration. Missed opportunity, but all is far from lost.

As always, your Battle Red Masthead had their real-time takes on this game. A lot of them were not pretty. In classic HOTD fashion, we have edited out any controversial/vulgar words for a more professional work reading session. Although, if you wished to never read anything about this game for the rest of your natural life, we would completely understand.

If you dare, on with the ‘Dog:

HAIR OF THE DOG, VOLUME 21 ISSUE 14, HOUSTON TEXANS @ NEW JERSEY JETS (or this game is likely to go down to the final two minutes like the last eight, so health warnings are in effect)

vballretired

Holy Spokane, Washington this is going to be a doozy. Get inside and turn on the heater as rain sweeps the northeast. This game might be a slog but you can still enjoy it with Bartesian. Watch as the football [DURGA]s render Stroud as a slightly better version of Edward Scissorhands er Zach Wilson. You might see more scoring at a 7th Grade B team championship game, but mix those cocktails and drink away. As per usual we remind to be careful while enjoying Bartesian.

Joe

I might be joining you on the alcoholic journey

I have a feeling this game is going to be real difficult on the heart

Just like every single game before this one lol

vballretired

Alcoholic? I ain’t no alcoholic. I can quit anytime I want. I just choose not to

Joe

That’s the spirit!

Now it’s almost time

And I got the crown royal in the holster

vballretired

Crown is good stuff. I may have some stashed away somewhere. I need to finish off the Jack too.

KICKOFF AND THE GAME STARTS

Patrick

Nico Collins with 1,000 yards on the season.

vballretired

Yes!!!!!!

HOU POSSESSION

Patrick

Not anymore.

NY/NJJ POSSESSION

l4blitzer

Browns up early on Glitter Kitties

vballretired

We need to get some runners on base for Yordan….oops wrong sport

l4blitzer

Ya know, we all clearly picked the wrong professional path. In other news, I will be looking for a grant from the Othani Massive [KITTEN] bank

vballretired

Most of it is deferred so you get Ohtani day in 2050

l4blitzer

Still…$700M is $700M

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No kittens

l4blitzer

Aaaannnndddd we give Wilson some confidence on the 3rd down conversion

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Kittens

l4blitzer

Would suck if get the Wilson has zero [KITTENS] to give and he plays like the #2 overall pick he was.

vballretired

What the hell is going on?

Joe

Garrett Wilson looks like he might be a problem!

vballretired

I’ve got a bad feeling about this

l4blitzer

Although, doesn’t the Most Interesting Defense in the World usually give up the quick early score?

Joe

Oh boy breece hall

Here we go

vballretired

Someone tackle that kitten

l4blitzer

The check down that turned into a screen. Yep, it might be that kinda day

…or you could do that on 3rd down. That’ll work

vballretired

Ok, that’s more like it

l4blitzer

Special teams might be an adventure with the wx.

vballretired

Ok, little harm. Let’s regroup and figure some kittens out

HOU POSSESSION

vballretired

Clearly the ball can be thrown

l4blitzer

Collins out with a calf injury…great

officially: questionable

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[KITTEN]

l4blitzer

Bungles with a long TD against the Ponies

Yeah, let’s not do that again, shall we Houston?

vballretired

Our running game is just a festival of sadness

Joe

HUTCHINSON

How we’re seeing some hutchsinon early today!

You’ve gotta be kidding

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You’re behind us

l4blitzer

Well, that‘ll work

That too, Mr. December

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Mr. December

My name is catching on

l4blitzer

Can’t quite thread it like that CJ

vballretired

Geez

Maybe they’ve finally figured out that Pierce is just not it

[KITTEN]

l4blitzer

At least for this style of running game

Welp…guess the Jets D hasn’t mailed it in yet.

NY/NJJ POSSESSION

vballretired

Nope. This will be a pitcher’s duel

Ok, this looks like the Jets

l4blitzer

Welp, both teams with great penalty starts to their second offensive drives

vballretired

Both kitteny calls

Ok, third down. Gotta get off the field

END OF 1ST QUARTER: HOU 0 - NY/NJJ 0

vballretired

I pity anyone that took the over

l4blitzer

It’s early, and hey, if the Steelers and Patriots can hit the over, any game can.

vballretired

I suppose

l4blitzer

Oh, that’s right, we got the Brad Allen crew…likely we are going to have some controversial calls

vballretired

Why do they do this to us

l4blitzer

And Houston gets off the field

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Wait…it’s being challenged

l4blitzer

Play under review…please stand by…please stand by…please stand by

vballretired

Let’s see how these officials can kitten this up

l4blitzer

These officials kittening it up…multiple repeating redundancy

Call stands

HOU POSSESSION

vballretired

Ok, there’s some Frank Ross action

l4blitzer

Now, about moving the ball into Jets territory

vballretired

The throwing fumble

The lack of running game is definitely a problem

No scoring

Patrick

Whew, glory to all penalty offense

vballretired

I’ll take it

l4blitzer

Might be a game where the scoring will come from a short field

Thank you New Jersey

Patrick

Why are we [KITTEN]ing running again?

l4blitzer

In this wx, not shocked

vballretired

CHUM

l4blitzer

Guess we want to work on our long yardage offense

Patrick

[KITTEN] that would’ve been an amazing catch.

vballretired

Nice throw

Ross doing it for Ross

NY/NJJ POSSESSION

vballretired

Wonder if those Home Depot people could run block or carry the rock?

l4blitzer

Watching RedZone and seeing all of these offenses moving the ball into the red zone…I suppose it can happen. I suppose

vballretired

The Jets as a concept are a festival of sadness

Here come the boos…..it’s third down

l4blitzer

Is this going to be the Jets passing game against our rushing game? Yeah, this might equal the run total of a Yankee/Astros tilt

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Ron Guidry vs. Nolan Ryan

Patrick

[KITTEN]ing jet sweep.

Joe

Jeez oh man

Let’s get an interception here!

vballretired

It’s the immovable object against the irresistible force

[KITTEN]

l4blitzer

Guess a 4th down conversion would spur some offensive action

vballretired

Terrible tackling

Patrick

Perryman!

He’ll get fined for that I’m sure.

vballretired

Illegal competence

l4blitzer

If it was against Aaron Rodgers, he would be ejected on the spot

vballretired

Seeing all these score alerts seems so weird

Patrick

Oh boy another flag!

vballretired

Decline it

HOU POSSESSION

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Ok, minimal harm

Check that

l4blitzer

Offense struggling…so of course, the offense gets to work on its 98-yard drive offensive game plans

vballretired

You need at least two first downs

l4blitzer

Time for MOAR Singletary…Not sure Pierce can work here, even to get a couple of CHUM yards on 1st down

vballretired

That circular block just won’t go through that square hole

l4blitzer

85 for the Browns is eating the Jags’ D alive today

Patrick

Hey we got more than two yards rushing in a single carry!

vballretired

Okay, that’s something

l4blitzer

Breathing room for a punt…maybe

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[KITTEN]

Ok defense

l4blitzer

A missed penalty and missed scramble. Ah well

NY/NJJ POSSESSION

Patrick

I swear these ads are becoming more insufferable the older I get.

vballretired

Well the hand check on Sauce was questionable so it evens out

When need one of those turnover things

Patrick

Nico Collins is in the locker room. This is fine.

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Third down

Patrick

Nice throw Wilson, only seven people covering that receiver there.

Joe

Hahahaha

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Delay of game missed but oh well

Joe

Is this what improvement looks like

Patrick

False start anyway

Define “improvement”

l4blitzer

Even Kirk Ferentz would cringe at this type of game.

Joe

I don’t think I could define improvement when it comes to Zach Wilson haha

Patrick

I literally screamed “NO!” in my bedroom on the muffed punt

Joe

Oh my goodness

vballretired

When coaches look at video on competent play they will not be watching this tape

l4blitzer

Hmmm…Ross might need to have some discussions with King later…likely involving some instrument of torture.

HOU POSSESSION (fortunately)

vballretired

Why are you even fielding it?

Four minute offense?

l4blitzer

There was a scoreless tie in Serie A earlier, but right now, I think Texans/Jets are the only contest where there are currently ZERO points scored. That is across all sports on a score tracker

Now Cashman has a hamstring issue.

vballretired

Ok, something

Patrick

Awwwww, I want one of those Tank Dell t-shirts.

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[KITTEN]

Joe

Hahahaha

I think it might be time to start burying some shots

l4blitzer

Is this the worst the Oline has looked since Baltimore or Jacksonville? I know the Jets have a strong D, but still, the Oline, with pass pressure and penalties, are making it hard for the team to get doing

vballretired

I can hear Stroud’s MVP chances going down the toilet

Patrick

REVIEW THAT!

vballretired

Ok, more Frank Ross action.

l4blitzer

Jets with the solid field position, but this 1st half is reflective of just how brutal the Hackett offensive scheme has been

NY/NJJ POSSESSION

l4blitzer

Ok, they don’t have Rodgers, but still…

Patrick

It’s only the half but this might be the ugliest game I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a 6-3 Seahawks/Browns game.

l4blitzer

That 6-4 Penn State/Iowa game of 2004 would be an offensive explosion at this point

vballretired

The Pittsburg game in 2002?

TWO MINUTE WARNING

l4blitzer

Wasn’t there a Jets/Washington game that ended 3-0, and the weather was fine?

Patrick

I was actually asleep through most of that (I worked graveyard shift at Compaq back then), I only saw it from the third quarter onward.

vballretired

There was that snow plow 3-0 NE game

l4blitzer

Yeah, but you could blame that on wx. I know it is raining in NJ, but 0-0 at the 2 minute warning

Patrick

Sure but that’s a Patriots game, they were probably good when it happened. The Seahawks and Browns that year were WRETCHED.

vballretired

It was pre Belicheck so maybe not

l4blitzer

Wasn’t that like early 80s, so probably the Pats were as bad as they are now, if not worse

vballretired

I think so

Patrick

Ah, withdrawn.

HOU POSSESSION

vballretired

Like this game Pat

Patrick

Well played.

Unlike this game.

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Touche’

l4blitzer

Rams putting up more of a fight against the Ravens than I expected

vballretired

Mr. December

Patrick

Boy seeing Ammendola warming up on the sideline is inspiring such confidence...or maybe it’s gas.

vballretired

Let the clock run

l4blitzer

The weather impacting the field and got Stroud on that play

Patrick

Apparently, Stroud has struggled in bad weather games, according to a former BRB writer and Michigan alum.

vballretired

Which one?

Patrick

MDC

l4blitzer

I do remember a game with wx like this last season when Ohio State played Northwestern. Stroud, IIRC, didn’t even get 100 yards passing

vballretired

Ok, take a knee

l4blitzer

Jets guess going to go for the punt block. Not sure they will try the end-of-the-half Hail Mary…for some reason

NY/NJJ POSSESSION

vballretired

Running into the ticker

HALFTIME: A SCORE NO DIFFERENT FROM BEFORE THE GAME STARTED. HOU 0 - NY/NJJ 0.

HALFTIME REACTIONS

Patrick

This game is so ugly I want to shave its [KITTEN] and teach it to walk backwards.

l4blitzer

This has been a type of game that only a defensive fanatic would love. The field is playing havoc with the offense, especially CJ Stroud, who has slipped multiple times on the field. Oline not helping their cause in this game. Singletary is the sole bright spot on offense, especially with Collins questionable to return. However, the Jets offense is showing why they are the worst in the league, or about the worst. They have owned field position against Houston this half, but have nothing to show for it. Their D is balling, but the New York/New Jersey Jets probably should be up 6-0 at this point. Then again, welcome to the 2023 Jets.

vballretired

Okay, at the half the game ball goes to Denzel Perryman. He personally torpedoed a drive on his own. Anderson is still getting pressure and Rankin has a sack. On offense, Singletary actually has looked decent on the ground, but they keep playing Pierce. This was Stroud’s worst half as a Texan. It’s anybody’s game. Someone needs to make a play. I seriously doubt there will be any sustained drives on either side.

l4blitzer

28 yards by Houston on 6-12 passing and 3 sacks. These are not numbers that indicate success

Patrick

Holy [KITTEN], Frank Wycheck was killed in an accident.

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[KITTEN]

l4blitzer

What!!?!?!? That’s awful news

vballretired

Your best two receivers are out. You’re struggling to run. Not sure what is going to happen.

And Schultz is out

Patrick

Xavier Hutchinson, today you become a man.

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Or not

Patrick

Hutchinson, Metchie, Jordan, they all need to step up now.

vballretired

Can we put an APV on Metchie?

APB I meant

Maybe a milk carton

Patrick

These guys are so deeply in love with Stroud, I think they keep finding reasons to bring his name up every couple of minutes.

Is this what it feels like to be football royalty?!

Ummmm, defense? Can I have a word?

vballretired

Geez

Now that’s a false start

No flinching. Just run up the field a few seconds early

Patrick

If you’re gonna false start, really commit to the bit.

vballretired

Ok, now it’s third down

What the [KITTEN]?

Patrick

“Nathaniel Hackett trying to call up the right play...”

What I’m picturing:

::Hackett pulls string::

“The cow says moooooooo.”

Well it’s ain’t scoreless no more.

[KITTEN].

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Game over

l4blitzer

How many LBs are left at this point?

vballretired

That’s an insurmountable lead

[Ed. Note: I wish he was wrong here.]

WILSON TO COBB FOR THE 15YD TD PASS; HOU 0 - NY/NJJ 7; 11:05, 3rd

Patrick

The Texans at the moment are like the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

vballretired

I’ll bite your knee off

Patrick

“We’ll bite your kneecaps off!”

vballretired

Like a Dan Campbell press conference

Patrick

Nice.

vballretired

What we need is a Mike Gundy moment

Maybe Jon Weeks. He’s 40 right?

HOU POSSESSION

vballretired

CHUM

7-6 is a good record after 13 games

NY/NJJ POSSESSION

l4blitzer

MOAR TFLs please

Patrick

Oh this game is [KITTEN]ing cursed.

vballretired

Luck vs. incompetence: the ultimate battlefight

Patrick

I’d feel better about this third and nine if I thought the Texans could do anything with it.

vballretired

Gentlemen, we are losing to this team

Patrick

My brain refuses to comprehend this game on moral grounds.

vballretired

Bryce Young has quite the stat line going in NO

Of course

Patrick

[KITTEN] WAJ

l4blitzer

Either we are finally getting a [KITTEN] whooping, or a dramatic 4th quarter is coming

GIPSON WITH THE 9 YARD TD RUN: HOU 0 - NY/NJJ 14; 4:31, 3rd

vballretired

Time to open it up and throw it

HOU POSSESSION

l4blitzer

Hmmm…don’t think 3 and out was the idea here

vballretired

I’m almost at the point of resting everyone valuable and CHUMMING the rest of the way

NY/NJJ POSSESSION

vballretired

I just don’t see Woods, Hutchinson, Metchie, and Mr. December getting it done.

What happened to Unspellable?

Patrick

He’s on IR

vballretired

Makes sense

I give up

Patrick

A BREAK!

WE GOT A BREAK!

vballretired

Finally

Is 25 fumbles a lot?

HOU WITH THE FUMBLE RECOVERY; HOU POSSESSION

Patrick

Doesn’t seem great.

vballretired

Beck?!

Mr. December!

Ugggg

Ok

Patrick

DPI!

vballretired

How are we going to run it in without Tank available to block?

Joe

WOOOO

Patrick

THERE IT IS!!!

vballretired

Oh my, an old fashioned running touchdown

Patrick

When does Fairbairn get back?!

The second he’s healthy, yeet Ammendola into the sun.

SINGLETARY WITH THE 1YD TD RUN, BUT HOU MISSES THEIR 1st PAT THIS SEASON: HOU 6 - NY/NJJ 14; END OF 3rd

Joe

THANK GOODNESS

this game has been gnarly!

vballretired

Third down

Patrick

Have we considered that Ammendola might be out of alignment?

vballretired

It’s a LOFT problem

Greenard!

Nevermind

Patrick

Un[KITTEN]ingreal.

l4blitzer

Of course this would happen against Zach Wilson…of course it would

vballretired

It’s because I called him Edward Schissorhands

Intended for Joe Camraguy

Patrick

Yup.

vballretired

He was lost

Patrick

vballretired

I don’t think they’ve scored 20 points in a game all season

WILSON TO HALL FOR THE 3YD TD: HOU 6 - NY/NJJ 21; 9:27, 4th

Patrick

Truly this was a day of ill omens.

l4blitzer

FWIW, both Jacksonville and Indy are losing by double-digits right now

Ok, Jags just cut it to one score

Harris calling out eye discipline of the LB today…can’t argue the results

HOU POSSESSION

Patrick

Oh lord, Fireman Ed is still doing that chant?

l4blitzer

Haven’t had much a reason to do so until now

Joe

What happened today

vballretired

Why are we running it

l4blitzer

At least it is with Singletary

Patrick

That was a fast four and out.

HOU TURNOVER ON DOWNS: NY/NJJ POSSESSION

Joe

NOOO

disaster possession

I don’t even know what to say

vballretired

Turn out the lights the party’s over. I know that all good things must end

l4blitzer

Seems like the Jets actually jammed the receivers well. Surprised more teams didn’t do that earlier

Joe

I guess this is the trials and tribulations section of the Texans season

l4blitzer

So, why aren’t the Jets just running the ball to kill clock and go up 24-6?

vballretired

Greenard padding stats

Patrick

Was that a buttsack?

Being outcoached by Nate [KITTEN]ing Hackett...man...

ZUERLEIN WITH THE 51 YD FG: NY/NJJ 24 - HOU 6; 6:51, 4th.

l4blitzer

Now the Jets are just trying to troll the Packers and make their Rodgers draft pick a little worse.

vballretired

Hmmmm

l4blitzer

Wilson still over 300 yards passing and Hall with 88 yards rushing. Can’t think if we’ve given up a 100 yard rusher and 300 yard passer this season in the same game. The 2nd game against INDY?

Patrick

I would’ve thought against the Ravens in Week 1?

vballretired

Nope

l4blitzer

Jackson couldn’t really pass that game.

vballretired

Richardson got hurt that week

Oops, thought week two

Ridder went over 300

l4blitzer

Thought the Ponies had a 100 yard rusher, but couldn’t remember if Minshew went over 300 yards on us in the air.

Great…is Stroud hurt?

Patrick

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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[KITTEN] [KITTEN] [KITTEN] [KITTEN]

Joe

Oh no

Oh no!

l4blitzer

Concussion? Broadcasters saying something about hitting his head hard on the turf

vballretired

Yup

The replay showed it

l4blitzer

Just saw it. Ouch. Don’t think it was a bad late hit…just the contact with the ground

Patrick

I’m going to cry.

Joe

That’s a concussion alright

Oh man

Mills time

l4blitzer

Maybe Mills could’ve run it, but he would have been tattooed.

vballretired

Geez and I’d forgotten how much Mills sucks

Joe

And mills time is over!

This is the worst game of the season

HOU TURNOVER ON DOWNS; NY/NJJ POSSESSION

Joe

First game that was just a complete disaster

Patrick

Icarus’ wings. Our wings fell off.

l4blitzer

Can’t argue that. Baltimore was a tough slugfest and the Indy game, Stroud showed his promise in the second half. There is not much redeeming out of this one, and we are swelling the injury report

Joe

It’s not crisis time yet but it’s going to be a long week of recovery

vballretired

Maybe Noah Brown really does suck

l4blitzer

Well, we do go to the land of the BE-SFs. Have had success on their turf.

Joe

Yeah, there’s just like nothing good coming out of this game lmao

l4blitzer

Man, Trevor Lawrence has looked bad today at Cleveland. 3 INTs today

Patrick

Stroud out of the tent

l4blitzer

I think his day is done, and if not, it should be

Patrick

Yeah he’s going in.

vballretired

Yup

Patrick

This game is over.

l4blitzer

Ok…now why are the Jets letting Wilson get crushed?

vballretired

No picks from him though

l4blitzer

I guess Stroud has pride, but he needs to save it for next week. That game will have greater significance

vballretired

Because he’s not a long term solution

l4blitzer

True, but you can give Trevor Seimen some work.

Joe

You’re right

Patrick

And Will Anderson is questionable with an ankle injury.

WHO [KITTEN]ING PISSED OFF THE FOOTBALL [DURGA]S?

I guess it’s fitting for the Jets game to be the one we bury the ball for

WHAT???

ZUERLEIN WITH THE 55 YD FG: NY/NJJ 27 - HOU 6; 4:30, 4th

Joe

Oh my [DURGA] this really was the worst game ever!

What a disaster

Whatever if it rains it pours

Get it all out in one game

vballretired

It only counts as one loss and we break the string of games decided in the last minute

l4blitzer

Guess we can say goodbye to the 8-game streak of games going down to the final minute for the Texans.

Joe

Augh!

Alright mills garbage time

l4blitzer

Under the silver lining department: After Houston blew it against Carolina, they went on a great run for 3 straight and 4 of 5

HOU POSSESSION

Joe

Hello darkness my old friend

Patrick

They had Stroud for those games. If he’s concussed, he’s missing at least a few games.

Joe

Which means it’s time for Millscember!

l4blitzer

True, but Mills has had success against the BE-SFs at the BE-SF den

Joe

Exactly!!!

Hope ur ready for the Return of the Mills!

Lol

l4blitzer

Meanwhile, Caserio will be busy with figuring out if there are any healthy bodies to fill out a roster for next week

HOU TURNOVER ON DOWNS; NY/NJJ POSSESSION

Joe

At least Abanikanda got a carry

Famous Pitt guy and famous last name

TWO MINUTE WARNING

Patrick

I have no idea how I want to open this recap.

l4blitzer

I sense that every team in the AFC South that played today would just as soon forget that anything happened and move on to next week as quickly as possible

ZUERLEIN WITH THE 44 YD FG: NY/NJJ 30 - HOU 6; 4th, 1:08

l4blitzer

As of now, we are holding at 132 yards of offense.

Joe

Heck this was like a 2022 Texans game

Okay I won’t go that far

Patrick

No, this was almost as bad as a 2022 Texans game, you weren’t wrong.

FINAL: HOU 6 - NY/NJJ 30. HOUSTON FALLS TO 7-6. CURRENTLY IN 9th POSITION FOR PLAYOFF CONSIDERATION, PENDING RESULTS OF LATER TODAY AND MONDAY NIGHT

Joe

Just an ugly game all around. I think Sheldon Rankins made a few plays??? I don’t know, running offense was bad, CJ Stroud has a bad game and eventually got concussed. Both sides of the ball were extremely negatively impacted by the rain, and the jets just ruined them for it. I think this is a game you just have to bury and move on from, there’s little redeeming about this on first impression

It felt inevitable the Texans would have a bad game eventually, there’s no way our luck could last forever, but this felt a little too far in my opinion

Patrick

I don’t mean this to sound melodramatic, but this might be the single worst game in team history; not just in terms of [KITTEN]py play, but of injuries that occurred during said [KITTEN]py play that could potentially prove to be season-crippling depending on how much time is missed.

Joe

You’re right, it’s definitely up there in terms of worst ever

Dang that game sucked

GAME BALLS:

DE Jonathan Greenard: At least for the 1st half, the Texans D kept the NY/NJ Jets offense in check. However, in the second half, the D, unable to counter the halftime adjustments that Nathaniel Hackett (yes, I said Nathaniel Hackett), and spending most of the game on the field due to an ineffective offense, broke. One of the few players who could sorta leave this game with a little pride for Houston was Greenard. He logged 6 tackles/5 solo, 2 TFLs, 2 QB hits, a pass defended, and 2 sacks. He was originally credited with a half sack early in the game, but the scorers took that one away from him. Still, he got 2.0 on the day, and was part of a defense that did get significant pressure on Wilson. This gives him double-digit sacks for the 1st time in his career.

P Cameron Johnston: On a day when the punters got a LOT of work, especially in the 1st half, Johnston’s leg was up to the challenge. Over 8 punts, he averaged 50.6 yards/kick, to include a 65 yard bomb. All of this in rough conditions in New Jersey.

SHOULD BE FORCED TO LISTEN TO AARON RODGERS, PAT MCAFEE AND JOE ROGAN TALK NON-STOP ABOUT THE PROPER WIPING TECHNIQUE WHILE IN A DARK ROOM RETREAT:

Houston Texans Offensive Line: Really, you could have put the entire Texans’ team in this category, but throughout the course of this game, the offensive line for Houston got brutalized by a good Jets front. They allowed 5 sacks between CJ Stroud and Davis Mills, really didn’t offer much in the run game, especially in the second half, and basically let the Jets defense dictate the tempo of the game. Injuries are a significant factor here, but if the Texans fancy themselves a playoff contender, the line is going to have to elevate its game, especially with the defensive fronts of Cleveland and Indianapolis still ahead, to say nothing of what might await if Houston plays beyond Week 18.

Houston Texans Second Half Defense: The Most Interesting Defense in the World did its part to keep a poor Jets offense in check in the 1st half, as evidenced by the 0-0 score line. However, the second-half defense could not match the adjustments made by Nathaniel Hackett and let Zach Wilson and the Jets carve them up at will. They got good pressure on Wilson, but the back-half of the defense had a game to forget. Again, injuries are a factor, but this was as bad a performance as that unit has had, arguably since Week 2.

Injuries: They suck, don’t like them, and Houston does not have the depth to withstand the level and type of injuries they are facing.

The big story for the week will be the status of C.J. Stroud and whatever the concussion protocol will say. After that story, the rest of the walking wounded and their status. Still, the season is far from over. They renew their rivalry with the ex-Oilers, current BE-SFs next week in Nashville. Slated for a noon CST kickoff, and hopefully, a whole lot less injuries...please.