EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Texans are 5-0 after grinding out a narrow victory on the road over the New York Jets on Monday Night Football.
“I’m very proud of our team,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “(It’s) tough to go on the road Monday night and get it done, but we stood up and did it. I’m very proud of them.”
The Texans outrushed the Jets 169-69 and controlled the ball for 35:16. They were 6-of-13 (40 percent) on third down but just 1-of-3 in the red zone, twice settling for short field goals by
On defense, the Texans had two sacks and two interceptions on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. Backup Tim Tebow played sparingly, throwing one pass and running five times for 19 yards.
After losing 38-0 to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 4, the Jets pulled out all the stops as they looked to avoid falling to 2-3. Tebow ran for a first down on a fake punt on the first play of the second quarter on fourth-and-one from New York’s 24-yard line. The Jets unsuccessfully tried a surprise onside kick midway through the third quarter.
“We knew we came in here with a team that was really backed into the corner, so to speak, coming out of last week,” Kubiak said. “We were going to get everything. They threw the kitchen sink at us from onside kicks to fake punts, you name it. We got it all, and I thought we really were handling ourselves well. We just couldn’t make that play to put the game away.”
The Texans led 17-7 at halftime.
Schaub was picked off by cornerback Antonio Cromartie with 5:54 remaining in the first quarter, trying to throw to
The Jets threatened to tie the game at 14 late in the second quarter, driving to the Texans’ 12-yard line with 29 seconds remaining. Watt tipped a Sanchez at the line of scrimmage, and cornerback
Graham added a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter to give the Texans a 20-7 lead. The Jets responded with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Joe McKnight. The Texans and Jets then traded short field goals to make the score 23-17 with 11:55 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Watt made another key play with 7:04 remaining, sacking Sanchez for a five-yard loss on third-and-10 from the Houston 35. That knocked the Jets out of field goal range and forced them to punt. The Texans ran three minutes off the clock before punting back to the Jets with 3:28 left to play.
“We feel like even if the offense is rolling, we put it on our shoulders,” Watt said of the Texans’ defense. “That’s how we want it. The offense did their job. The defense, we did our job, and that’s how you win ball games in this league.”
Up next for the undefeated Texans is a home game against the Green Bay Packers (2-3) on Sunday Night Football.
“Very excited to get a victory on the road here in a tough place to play against a good football team,” Schaub said. “To be 5-0 at this point, we’re extremely excited about it, but we can’t be excited for too long. We have a short week to get ready for Green Bay this week.”