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Texans preparing for Sam Darnold, Jets

The Texans will quickly turn the page with a short week heading into their Saturday matchup with the New York Jets.

Sam Darnold, the Jets No. 3 overall draft pick, will be the third rookie quarterback to face the Texans defense in 2018. Houston is 2-0 against the other Top-10 draft selections, having defeated Buffalo's Josh Allen in Week 6 and Cleveland's Baker Mayfield in Week 13.  

"These guys are very good in the pocket, they're able to deliver the ball, they're very accurate, they're smart," O'Brien said Monday. "They really understand their own offenses and they do a good job, but then they're all able to extend plays, each in a different way."

After missing three games with a foot injury, Darnold returned to the field for the Jets 27-23 win over the Bills in Week 14. Darnold, who was 16-of-24 for 170 yards, one touchdown and one interception, orchestrated the game-winning scoring drive with just over two minutes remaining.

With the win, New York snapped a six-game losing skid that began Oct. 21 against the Minnesota Vikings. The Jets forced three turnovers, including a strip-sack by second-year safety Jamal Adams who has impressed O'Brien.

"The Jets, I've been watching them now all morning, last night," O'Brien said. "I don't care what anybody's record is, that's the thing. These guys – if you watch, let's just say Jamal Adams. Jamal Adams, in my opinion, is just a great safety. I mean, he can run, he can hit, he can cover, he is all over the field. Leonard Williams up front, Sam Darnold, you let him escape, you let him start making plays, you're going to be in a bind. You got to stop the run. So, it's a big challenge, but I know our guys are excited for it and we've got to have a good week here."

The (9-4) Texans will travel to MetLife Stadium to face the (4-9) Jets on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. CT on NFL Network and SportsRadio 610.

The Houston Texans took on the Indianapolis Colts for Week 14 of the 2018 NFL Season.

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