Jets’ defense dominates in win over Texans amid sluggish Zach Wilson return

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HOUSTON – The Jets took Zach Wilson back and back in the win column, though one didn’t quite right the other.

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Wilson didn’t play well on his return from a knee injury, but the Jets’ defense dominated the Texans after some early struggles and the offense did enough to secure a 21-14 win at NRG Stadium on Sunday.

The win takes the Jets to 3-8 this season and the Texans fall 2-9 in this NFL cellar-dwellers battle.


Wilson finished the game 14 of 24 for 145 yards with an interception and a quick touchdown. It was Wilson’s first game in a month after suffering a knee injury on October 24. The offense was no longer as effective as it was with Mike White, Josh Johnson or Joe Flacco once Wilson was back in control.

Still, Wilson did better in the second half and managed to secure his second win as the Jets’ starting quarterback.

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John Franklin-Myers led the defense with an interception and two sacks. The defensive line swam all day and sacked Tyrod Taylor five times.

The Texans gained 157 yards in the first half and just 45 yards in the second half as the Jets’ defense tightened. Houston failed to score on his last six possessions, punting four times, missing a field goal and turning it down.

Jets quarterback Zach Wilson celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Texans.
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The Jets took an 18-14 lead in the third quarter, passing the deficit of 11 points. He took a 21–14 lead on a 37-yard field goal from Matt Amendola, with 3:34 remaining in the game. The field goal came after two fourth-down conversions, one on a 13-yard pass from Wilson to Keelan Cole and the other on a 7-yard run on a jet sweep by Elijah Moore.

The Jets had a brief injury scare in the fourth quarter when Wilson was off the field after a sack, but Wilson didn’t even snap a picture.

Wilson got off to a slow start. After completing his first pass to Cole, he missed his next five passes, including a brutal interception. Wilson looked like he was rushing into his comeback. Vacation time wasn’t slowing things down for him.

The Jets’ defense looked like it was about to run early in the game, allowing the Texans to go all the way to the 17-yard line. But Franklin-Myers made a huge play to stop the Houston drive. He gave himself a Taylor screen pass, intercepted it and returned it to Houston 37 for 32 yards.

Jets couldn’t find the last area after the business. Wilson was sacked on the third and goal by Jacob Martin, who appeared to beat the Jets to a tackle from George Fant. The Jets had to settle for a 31-yard field goal from Ammendola and a 3-0 lead.

Wilson’s worst game of the day came in the first quarter with 2:14 remaining. On thirds and 17s, he felt like he was about to run when no one was open. But then he opted to flip the ball to Ty Johnson, who had his back to block. The ball hit Johnson’s shoulder and was stopped by Houston’s Tavier Thomas for 24.

The Jets cut a stupid penalty after losing to the Dolphins last week, but were dealt a major blow after the interception. Michael Carter II was flagged off for a pass interference on third down which placed the ball on the Jets 9.

Houston converted a Wilson interception into points, Taylor connected with Brevin Jordan for a 13-yard touchdown and took a 7-3 lead in the second quarter. Taylor led 14-3 with a beautiful 40-yard pass to Brandin Cook, who defeated Bryce Hall in the play.

Jets cornerback Javelin Guidry gives a pass to Danny Amendola of the Texans in the fourth quarter of the game at NRG Stadium on November 28, 2021 in Houston, Texas.
Jets cornerback Javelin Guidry gives a pass to Danny Amendola of the Texans.
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Wilson’s precarious first half continued with a throw to the head from Tevin Coleman and a wide-open went too far in front of Moore.

The defense got a halt and the jets were finally able to drive together at the end of the second quarter. Mike LaFleur called a good drive with very few, easy passes for Wilson. Severe punishment from passersby also helped the Jets go down the field. He went for 70 yards on 10 plays, closing it with a 2-yard touchdown from Austin Walter. Backup quarterback Josh Johnson then ran in a two-point conversion to cut the Texans’ lead 14-11 before halftime.

LaFleur continued to push the right button at the start of the second half. He dialed a 22-yard throw from Wilson to Moore, which was Wilson’s best throw of the game. LaFleur also ran heavy and the Jets took the ball down the field.

Another Texan penalty knocked the Jets out. When Wilson failed to hit Ryan Griffin in the back of the end field, the Jets attempted a field goal, but Texans defensive lineman Ross Blacklock was penalized for leverage after trying to jump off a Jets lineman. . The penalty gave the Jets a fresh set down on the Texans’ 8-yard line.

Wilson scored his first rushing touchdown after another Blacklock penalty was awarded to the Jets on ball 4. Wilson’s skipper made it 18-14 in the third quarter with 7:51.

The Jets and Texans both missed field goals in the second half as teams showed why they both neared the bottom of the league.


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