New York Jets vs. Houston Texans Matchup Preview (11/28/21): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)

New York Jets vs. Houston Texans Matchup Preview (11/28/21)

In week 12, the New York Jets travel to Houston to play the Texans.  New York last in the AFC East with a 2-8 record, lost to Miami 24-17 in week 11.  The Jets have lost their last three games by a combined score of 114-64.  The Texans, who are tied for last place in the AFC South with a 2-8 record, beat the AFC South-leading Tennessee Titans 22-13 in week 11.  Prior to their victory over Tennessee, Houston lost their previous eight games, allowing over 30 points five times in that span.   

New York Jets vs. Houston Texans Betting Odds

The Texans are a 3-point home favorite.  The Jets are 2-8 against the spread this season; 0-4 on the road.  New York is averaging 15.4 points per game on the road.  Houston averages 22.5 points per game at home.  The Jets have scored over 30 points in two of their last four games.  The Texans have either scored 21 or more points or less than 10 points in each game this season.  The teams have split six all-time matchups, the Texans won the last time they met, 29-22 on December 15, 2018.  

My Prediction: Jets 21-14, Texans don’t cover and under 44 points.

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TV Schedule

Date: November 28th, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: NRG Stadium – Houston, TX
TV Coverage: CBS

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New York Jets Analysis

In their week 11 loss to Miami, New York started the recently acquired Joe Flacco over Zach Wilson and Mike White.   The 14-year veteran has lost 14 of his last 16 starts dating back to 2018; 0-5 as New York’s starter since 2020.  Against the Dolphins, Flacco threw for 291 yards, two touchdowns and completed 61.5% of his passes.  The Super Bowl XLVII MVP has thrown at least one touchdown pass in four straight games he’s played.  Jets rookie quarterback, Zach Wilson who started the first six games of the season has been out since suffering a knee injury in the loss to the New England Patriots in week 7.  On the season, Wilson has thrown for 1,168 yards, four touchdowns, nine interceptions and been sacked 19 times.  

Jets head coach Robert Saleh must start Wilson this weekend against the Texans if he’s healthy.  Wilson needs the experience as the Jets are building for the future.  To play Flacco or even Mike White again would be foolish.  Hopefully watching the past few weeks has given the #2 overall pick in the 2021 draft new perspective on what he’s seeing on the field.  Wilson possesses a similar skill set to Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes, he can make the throws on all platforms, can make a play outside the pocket, and has the moxie needed to be successful. 

The offensive line has allowed 27 sacks this season.  A Jets quarterback has been sacked in 45 straight games: longest active streak in the NFL.  

Corey Davis signed in the off season to be the Jets number one receiver leads the team in receiving yards with 477 yards on 32 receptions: averaging 14.9 yards per reception.  He’s also added four touchdowns on the season.  This past weekend vs. the Dolphins, rookie receiver Elijah Moore was targeted 11 times, catching eight of those passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.  Per PFF he was given a 91.9 grade, tops among receivers in week 11.  He was expected to be a big contributor in the Jets passing game after having an awesome preseason, but he got off to a slow start catching eight passes in his first five games for 66 yards.  In his last four games, the Ole Miss product has 24 catches for 336 yards and four touchdowns.  

The Jets running game has struggled all season averaging 78.9 yards per game.  Rookie running back Michael Carter has emerged as a strong runner and reliable receiver out of the backfield for the team.  He had a career-high 172 yards from scrimmage in week 8 against Cincinnati.  Carter suffered a low-grade high ankle sprain in the loss to Miami and is expected be out 2-3 weeks.  The rookie from North Carolina, is leading the team with 430 yards rushing.  Ty Johnson will most likely be the player asked to take over Carter’s role in the offense.  Johnson in his second season as a Jet has rushed for 144 yards on 42 carries in 2021.  In 39 career games, he’s averaging 4.2 yards a carry.

New York has the 32nd ranked defense in the NFL allowing 414.2 yards per game to their opponents. Additionally, they’re allowing 32 points per game in 2021, last in the league.

New York Jets Depth Chart

QB: Zach Wilson
RB1: Tevin Coleman
RB2: Ty Johnson
WR1: Jamison Crowder
WR2: Elijah Moore
WR3: Corey Davis
TE1: Ryan Griffin

Houston Texans Analysis

The Houston offense is averaging 271.1 yards of total offense per game, ranking them 32nd in the NFL.  They’re scoring 15 points per game, 32nd in the league.  They’ve scored at least 20 points in four games this season.

In the win over Tennessee, Tyrod Taylor threw for 107 yards and ran for two touchdowns.  Taylor is the third quarterback in Texans history with at least two rushing touchdowns in a game.  The sixth-round pick in the 2011 draft has started four games for Houston this season going 2-2.  He has thrown for 763 yards, completing 62.2% of his passes, rushing for 104 yards and accounting for six touchdowns (three passing and three rushing).  

Brandon Cooks is Houston’s leading receiver with 59 catches for 659 yards and two touchdowns: averaging 65.9 yards a game.  In 25 games as a Texan, Cooks has 140 receptions for 1,809 yards and eight touchdowns.  The former Oregon State Beaver has 542 career receptions, averaging 13.9 yards per reception.  Chris Conley has started seven games this season and is second on the team in receiving yards with 233.  He’s averaging an incredible 16.6 yards a reception in 2021.  Rookie Nico Collins out of Michigan, is a receiver who seems to have potential if he can stay healthy.  He’s been battling a foot injury throughout the season, but despite it he has averaged 12.5 yards per reception this season.

The Texans’ rushing attack is averaging 76.5 yards per game this season which is last in the NFL.  Mark Ingram who played the first seven games of the season with Houston before being traded to the New Orleans Saints leads the team with 294 yards rushing.  Former Cardinal David Johnson is second on the team in rushing with 137 yards.  This is an obvious weak spot on the team and will need to be significantly upgraded in the off-season.

The Houston defense is allowing 389.3 yards of total offense per game to their opponents and 27.1 points per game in 2021.  Per NFL.com, the Texans have at least five takeaways in two straight games for the first time in team history; in 2020 they had nine total takeaways, which was the fewest in a season in team history.     

Houston Texans Depth Chart

QB: Tyrod Taylor
RB1: David Johnson
RB2: Rex Burkhead
WR1: Nico Collins
WR2: Danny Amendola
WR3: Brandin Cooks
TE1: Jordan Akins

New York Jets vs. Houston Texans Daily Fantasy Picks

Jets rookie receiver Elijah Moore is a future number one receiver for the team.  He’d be a player I’d target if I was in a keeper league.  After being targeted 26 times in the first five games of the season, he’s been targeted 31 times over the last four weeks.  The second-round pick in the 2021 draft has 185 receiving yards in the last two weeks.  

Houston kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn has scored 31 points this season.  He has made nine field goals this season.  Fairbairn has made at least three field goals in a game 17 times in his career.  In 2018 he led the league in scoring with 150 points, he’s averaging 115 points a year since entering the league in 2017.  Having a strong kicker can be a difference between winning and losing your weekly matchup.  

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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