Houston is off to its first 4-0 start and leads the league in point differential at +72 as only one of its wins has been by less than 20 points. Last week, the Texans had no trouble in a 38-14 win over Tennessee. Danieal Manning and Kareem Jackson returned interceptions for touchdowns, Matt Schaub threw for 202 yards and two scores and Arian Foster ran for 86 yards and a touchdown in the rout.
Houston end J.J. Watt is likely the NFL Defensive Player of the Year right now. He had two of the Texans’ four sacks in the triumph vs. Tennessee. He has recorded 1 1/2-plus sacks in every game this season and has 7 1/2 on the year. He is the first player since Kevin Greene in 1998 to record at least 1.5 sacks in each of his team’s first four games.
Dating back to last year, Schaub has won his past eight games. Houston’s average margin of victory is 20 points in those games.
The Jets are nothing short of anemic on offense right now. Sanchez is last in the NFL in completion percentage and has completed just 44.3 percent of his passes in the past three games. New York was totally dominated last week in a 34-0 home loss to San Francisco. Sanchez finished 13-for-29 passing for only 103 yards, and he had two of the Jets’ four turnovers. Another pick was dropped. The Jets managed just 145 total yards and allowed the Niners to rush for 245 (New York is No. 31 in rush defense). To make matters worse, top receiver Santonio Holmes injured his foot in the game and is likely done for the season. Two weeks ago, the Jets lost their best defensive player, cornerback Darrelle Revis, for the season as well. Tight end Dustin Keller, who likely now will be Sanchez’s No. 1 target, miss the 49ers game with an injury but should play Monday.
In the Jets home-opener in Week 1, they scored 48 points en route to a huge win over the Bills. The 49ers game was their second home game. Since the merger, it’s the most points scored by a team in their home opener and then shut out in their next home game. Coach Rex Ryan says he is sticking with Sanchez for now, although the calls for Tim Tebow already have begun. The Jets have scored only two offensive touchdowns in the past 12-plus quarters. It’s Tebow, who rescued the Denver Broncos last season after replacing Kyle Orton when the team was 1-4.
Houston and New York haven’t played since November 2010, a 30-27 home Jets win. New York is 5-0 all-time vs. the Texans.
LAS VEGAS ODDS: Texans -9 (41.5) at Bovada Sportsbook
Houston Texans: QB Matt Schaub ranks 2nd in AFC with 105.3 rating. In past 8 starts, Schaub is 8-0 & has completed 142 of 215 passes (66.0 pct.) for 1,835 yards with 12 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 107.4 rating … RB Arian Foster aims for 3rd consecutive MNF gm with 100+ rush yards (102, 100). Had 143 scrimmage yards (84 rush, 59 rec.) with 2 TDs in only gm vs. NYJ on 11/21/10. Since ’10, Foster averages NFL-best 97.6 rush yards per game … WR Andre Johnson (9,924) needs 76 rec. yards to reach 10,000 career. Since ’03, Johnson averages NFL-best 78.8 rec. yards per game (9,924 yards in 126 games) … TE Owen Daniels aims for 3rd straight gm with TD rec … Defense allows AFC-low in pts. per gm (14), yards per game (273) & pass yards per gm (182.8) … DE J.J. Watt became 1st player to record at least 1.5 sacks in each of team’s 1st 4 games since Kevin Greene in ’98 last week … CB Kareem Jackson (63) & S Danieal Manning (55) each had INT-return TDs last week.
New York Jets: Club has won past 2 at home on MNF … Jets have won 6 of past 9 in Oct … QB Mark Sanchez is 2-0 against Texans & has 587 yards with 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 93.1 passer rating. Club has 8-2 record when Sanchez has 100+ passer rating … Club is 4-0 when RB Shonn Greene has 100+ rush yards … WR Jeremy Kerley averages 19.7 yards per catch in ’12 (10 receptions, 197 yards) … WR Chaz Schilens aims for 3rd straight game with TD catch against Texans. TE Dustin Keller has registered 9 of 15 career TD receptions at home … CB Antonio Cromartie had 2 INTs, incl. 91-yard INT-return TD against Texans on 10/28/07 … LB David Harris leads team with 37 tackles … LB Calvin Pace posted 40th career sack last week. Pace has 3.5 sacks in past 3 on MNF … Since ’11, KR Joe McKnight has 30.5 KR avg., 2nd-highest in NFL (PERCY HARVIN, 34.6 avg.).
LAS VEGAS TRENDS: Texans are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game. Texans are 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a SU win of more than 14 points. Texans are 8-0-1 ATS in their last 9 games after allowing less than 15 points in their previous game. Texans are 10-1-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a S.U. win. Texans are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win. Texans are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games. Jets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. Jets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 5. Jets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 150 yards passing in their previous game. Jets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game. Jets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Las Vegas NFL bets at bovada