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Week 11 Game Recap: New York Jets 17, Houston Texans 24

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New York Jets

• New York’s defense did not have an answer for Houston’s third string quarterback, TJ Yates. Yates managed the offense fairly well and did not shy away from throwing at Darrelle Revis. Revis locked horns with DeAndre Hopkins for the majority of the game—and Yates-Hopkins won the majority of those battles. During the second quarter, Yates hooked up with Hopkins on a 61-yard touchdown bomb off of play action. Revis bit on Hopkins’ double move and Yates dropped a dime over Revis’ outstretched arm. Revis did not have safety help over the top and paid the price against one of the NFL’s best young wide receivers. Revis left the game during the third quarter with a head injury, so his status is worth monitoring.

• New York’s offensive line, sans Nick Mangold, did not have an answer for JJ Watt. Watt lined up all over Houston’s defensive front and dominated one-on-one match-ups, particularly against right tackle, Breno Giacomini. New York refused to double-team Watt, which proved to be a foolish decision.

Houston Texans

-Nate Washington is becoming an after thought in the offense with the QB shuffle. He had six targets but a drop and two uncatchable footballs made it a tough day for the veteran. - Ryan Griffin had 2 targets all game, the tight ends were invisible during the game. - Chris Polk is dealing with a hamstring injury. The Texans signed Akeem Hunt off the practice squad and brings much needed speed to the team. - J.J. Watt got a endzone target in the first quarter.

New York Jets

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, 67 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 39 - 216 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 5 - 12 - 1
Just nine days removed form a thumb surgery, Fitzpatrick failed to develop a rhythm against a suddenly resurgent Houston defensive front. While Fitzpatrick did try to force some throws into tight windows, New York’s offensive line was simply overmatched. JJ Watt’s impact on the game’s outcome cannot be unstated; Watt cycled across the defensive front and dominated right tackle, Breno Giacomini in one-on-one situations. Watt was constantly in Fitzpatrick’s face, racking up five quarterback hits and two sacks. The coaching staff failed to supply a double team for Giacomini, so Fitzpatrick was under constant duress. Despite playing with an injured thumb, Fitzpatrick continued to scramble with reckless abandonment. During the second quarter, Fitzpatrick fumbled, but Bilal Powell luckily recovered. Late in the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick scrambled for six yards and dove into the end zone for New York’s second touchdown. Fitzpatrick’s scramble cut Houston’s lead to 24-17, but Fitzpatrick took another big hit as he crossed the goal line. Doctors checked him for a concussion, but luckily, he stayed in the game. Fitzpatrick threw one touchdown to Brandon Marshall, a 21-yard strike out a corner route. Marshall was matched up against rookie, Kevin Johnson and delivered a perfect throw to Marshall. Outside of this scoring play, Fitzpatrick primarily settled for short completions on check downs to Bilal Powell and short crossing routes to Eric Decker. It’s also worth noting that rookie Devin Smith dropped a sure-fire touchdown on a go-route, so his development is not progressing as most had hoped.

RB Bilal Powell, 41 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 22 - 0, Rec: 5 - 67 - 0 (7 targets)
Playing in his first game since Week 6, Bilal Powell re-took his role as New York’s passing down running back. Powell, however, racked up the majority of his yardage during garbage time. Powell served as Fitzpatrick’s preferred check down option and found some room to run against Houston’s zone coverage. Powell had an impressive 25-yard catch-and-run where he evaded the first defender, cut across the field, and accelerated into the open field.

RB Chris Ivory, 17 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 36 - 0, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (1 targets)
A combination of factors, namely injuries, game flow, and lack of burst, contributed to another lackluster performance by Ivory. During the first half, Ivory gained just four yards on three carries as he failed to develop a rhythm. Early in the game, Ivory was seen with the training staff, which provided more opportunities for Bilal Powell and Stevan Ridley. During the second half, Ivory ripped off an impressive 23-yard run off left tackle, but he once again left the game. New York faced a double digit deficit during the third quarter, so Bilal Powell primarily played as New York attempted to mount its comeback.

RB Stevan Ridley, 9 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 0 - 0, Rec: 1 - -5 - 0 (1 targets)
Stevan Ridley saw limited snaps and was unable to establish himself. Credit Houston’s defense for breaking into the backfield, but Ridley lacks explosiveness and burst.

WR Brandon Marshall, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 47 - 1 (10 targets)
Another week, another shaky performance by Marshall. Alike prior weeks, Houston’s defense opted to double Marshall and once again, Marshall struggled to win. When given one-on-one opportunities, Marshall won with ease. During the third quarter, Marshall beat rookie, Kevin Johnson with a double move, and settled into the back of the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown. Johnson bit on Marshall’s first move—and that was more than enough for Marshall to win. Marshall had a chance to score a second touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but failed to keep both feet in bounds.

WR Eric Decker, 66 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 81 - 0 (11 targets)
Surprisingly, Eric Decker was held without a catch during the first half. Decker, however, became the focal point of New York’s attack during the second half. New York made a concerted effort to get Decker open in space and matched him up against rookie, Kevin Johnson. Decker toasted Johnson in one-on-one situation, ripping through press coverage at the line of scrimmage to run free in the secondary. Late in the fourth quarter, Decker made an impressive, acrobatic catch against Johnson a deep drag route for a 25-yard gain. Overall, credit Houston’s front seven for wreaking havoc and not allowing New York’s offense to develop any rhythm.

WR Quincy Enunwa, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 22 - 0 (4 targets)
Quincy Enunwa returned to the starting lineup after serving his four game suspension. Enunwa, however, failed to make an impact as a receiver or blocker. Enunwa was limited to two catches as he had problems winning against Jonathan Joseph. Enunwa made one catch on a crossing route and accelerated for a 16-yard gain.

Houston Texans

QB T.J. Yates, 75 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 34 - 229 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - -5 - 0
It was flashbacks to 2011 and T.J. Yates put together another big game to push the Texans into the win column. Yates lived large and went deep to DeAndre Hopkins for both of his touchdown passes. He missed Hopkins early in the 1st quarter on a double move when he beat Revis deep. He made up for it on a 61-yard deep post to Hopkins in stride when he beat Revis. Yates also hit Hopkins on a 20 yard touchdown pass down the right side of the numbers for another game changing play. Yates was not helped out early by three drops from his receivers and he played the underneath throws majority of the game. Yates had 20 throws 9 yards or less on the day and completed nine of them with his biggest throw to Cecil Shorts for 35 yards. Yates had stretches where he was living dangerous and had three consecutive plays in the second quarter that resulted in a sack, that was him holding the ball too long, and two near interceptions on wild throws. This has been Yates game as a starter, play the dump off game and swing big with deep throws and it paid off in a big way on Sunday vs. the Jets.

RB Alfred Blue, 40 offensive snaps, Rush: 21 - 58 - 0, Rec: 3 - 34 - 1 (3 targets)
It was another volume day for Blue and his longest rush was a 14 yard scamper that saw him bob and weave through defenders. Blue is still having a bad habit of dancing prior to hitting the hole and that is allowing defenders to close the gap in a hurry on his carries. Blue’s big play came on a trick play when he snuck out of the back field and caught a 21 yard touchdown reception off the arm of Cecil Shorts in the middle of the third quarter. Blue had a positive day receiving and had another reception for 10 yards to open up the game.

RB Jonathan Grimes, 20 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 37 - 0, Rec: 3 - 28 - 0 (3 targets)
With Chris Polk out, Jonathan Grimes stepped up in his absence. Clearly the best Texans back with vision, Grimes averaged 7.2 yards an offensive touch. He had two direct snaps that resulted in runs of 13 and 8 yards and he keeps showing the knack for making defenders miss with the ball in his hands. Grimes also caught a simple dump off pass for an initial two yard gain and turned it into a 19 yard play making two Jets defenders miss in the process. Grimes continues to produce when he gets the chance but his touches are limited and the running back by committee is not helping him out at the moment.

WR Cecil Shorts, 46 offensive snaps, Pass: 1 - 1 - 21 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 26 - 0, Rec: 2 - 51 - 0 (5 targets)
His day started off rough with two drops then it became the Cecil Shorts show for one offensive drive. Shorts was used as a read option quarterback and ripped runs of 12, 7 and 5 on the day. Then Shorts had a hand in 77 of the total 80 yard scoring drive for the Texans. How did it happen? Shorts had a five yard run, two key receptions of 16 (which he caught over Revis and took a big hit from a safety) and 35 (which was a near pick-6). Then Shorts had a touchdown pass to Alfred Blue for a 20-yard strike. Yates hit Shorts on a quick later pass and Shorts hit Blue out of the backfield across the field with no one near him for the touchdown. Shorts had an overall quiet day but woke up for the game changing drive of the game.

WR DeAndre Hopkins, 73 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 118 - 2 (12 targets)
The production continues to add up for Hopkins and he put it together once again for the Texans offense. Even with Darrelle Revis on him, he produced in a big way. Hopkins had Revis beat on a double move by Yates over threw him for what would have been a touchdown. Hopkins worked Revis on some underneath routes for 14 yards and 5-yard receptions for key first downs. Then the big play came when Hopkins ran a deep post route and was one-on-one with Revis in the middle of the field and he ran past him for a 61-yard touchdown strike. Add in lat win the third quarter and 20 yard touchdown reception over Marcus Williams, the Texans offense is taking advantage of Hopkins in one-on-one situations. Hopkins opened up and showed a part of his game that has not been seen all season and that is his vertical game and he did it in a big way.