The Texans had a short week, but looked as fresh as ever as they picked up a 24-17 win over the New York Jets. With direct snaps, Wildcat formations and creative play-calling, Bill O'Brien's game plan helped boost Houston to their third-straight win of the 2015 season.
Houston's offense was effective putting up 367 net yards. T.J. Yates, in his first start under O'Brien, was 16-of-34 for 229 yards and two touchdowns.
DeAndre Hopkins led all receivers with 118 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Cecil Shorts III, who lined up under center for several direct snaps in the game, also threw a touchdown pass in the win.
The Texans defense forced two key turnovers late in the game, with interceptions by Eddie Pleasant and Andre Hal, while limiting the Jets to just a field goal in the first half. J.J. Watt led the defense with eight tackles, five for a loss, five quarterback hits, and two sacks on former teammate Ryan Fitzpatrick.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Texans took an early 3-0 lead with a 20-yard field goal by Nick Novak. The Jets soon tied the score taking advantage of a Houston turnover. Yates fumbled early in the second quarter, leading to 40-yard field goal by former Texan Randy Bullock.
The Texans offense gained momentum soon after following a 61-yard touchdown pass to Hopkins with 3:04 left in the second quarter, giving Houston a 10-3 lead heading into halftime.
The Jets ended the Texans defensive streak with 11:23 left in the third quarter. Fitzpatrick connected with Brandon Marshall on a 21-yard touchdown pass. A long defensive pass interference call on Houston earlier on the drive helped move the ball 44 yards down the field. The Texans and the Jets were tied 10-10.
Houston pulled away with two back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter. Shorts put his passing skills on display as he threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Alfred Blue. Shorts contributed 56 yards of offense on the scoring drive that gave the Texans a 17-10 lead with 7:51 left in the third quarter.
Hopkins caught his second touchdown of the day on the very next offensive series. His 20-yard reception capped off a six-play, 63-yard drive to give Houston its biggest lead of the day, up 24-10 with 3:24 left in the third quarter.
The Jets fired back, driving 73 yards down the field, scoring on a six-yard touchdown scramble by Fitzpatrick to cut Houston's lead to just seven.
Fitzpatrick and the Jets attempted to score again but two late picks thwarted their comeback. With 2:53 left in the game, Fitzpatrick's pass, intended for Devin Smith, was intercepted by Pleasant. On the very next drive, Hal picked off Fitzpatrick with 1:52 left in the game. Houston regained possession in the red zone and finished off the game in victory formation.
With the win, the Texans improve to 5-5 on the season and will host New Orleans next Sunday.
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