Three Things To Watch: Jets v. Texans

The New York Jets look to improve to 8-2 on the season with a Week 11 match-up against Houston on Sunday afternoon. Head coach Rex Ryan has asked fans to come early and be loud for the game.

Three Things To Watch When The Jets Host Houston

1. Jets, Start Your Engines – In each of their last three games, the Jets have fallen behind early, causing the team to play catch-up. Perhaps then, the team's one loss and the need to go to overtime to win the two other games in that stretch shouldn't be a surprise. "It's hard to put my finger on it," head coach Rex Ryan said. "I think if we can get that buzz going early, our fans can give us a boost." Ryan has asked the fans to show up early to provide the team that extra spark with the hopes that will get the offense started earlier, calling for a "Loud Out" from the Jets faithful.

2. The "Ground & Pound" Is Sound – Last Sunday, the Jets rushing attack was relentless, pounding the ball 45 times against the Browns. It was a strange statistic for a team that last year was the top ground game in the league, but had carried the ball just 59 times combined in the last two games. The balance of the offense kept the Browns defense from keying in too much on the explosive Jets passing game. "97 plays on offense, I think that's a first," Ryan said of Sunday's performance. "72 runs plus completions, that's an all-time record [since] I've been around. It was a great combination." Look for the Jets to use the ground game to set up the play action for a big pass or two, especially early in the game.

3. More Brad Smith – It might not be a bad week to pick-up Brad Smith for your fantasy team. With wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery a big question mark with what he called a "slight groin tear," Smith will most likely see some extra snaps at receiver, if only to relieve Cotchery. And with quarterback Mark Sanchez still a little gimpy from last Sunday's calf injury, Smith and the wildcat package could get a few extra snaps to spell the quarterback in the pocket. Then of course, Smith will be the primary on kickoff returns, where he is a top five gainer in the league. Rumor has it that Mr. Versatility is also a back-up member of the Flight Crew should one of the cheerleaders suffer a split-end...or a slight groin tear.


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