Houston saw its 9-game winning streak come to an end last week, but remains in the hunt for home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs. They could also clinch the AFC South with a win and losses by the Titans and Colts.
Meanwhile, the Jets’ victory over the Bills has local sportswriters wondering if winning out could save Todd Bowles’ job. This comes the week after the same writers wondered if a loss the Buffalo would result in Bowles’ midseason firing.
Bowles has survived some awful seasons and rosters by orchestrating surprising results during an extended rebuild. It wouldn’t be the most surprising occurrence in history if the Jets finished 7-9.
However, it is obvious to even the most casual NFL fan that the 4-9 Bills, playing with a rookie quarterback throwing to a veteran-less receiving corps without their top running back shouldn’t elicit much hope as the Texans come into town.
Houston let the Indianapolis Colts and Andrew Luck hold onto their playoff hopes by losing a tough game in Texas. Despite the loss, there is no denying the Texans are getting healthier and their game is getting stronger each week.
Deshaun Watson, Lamar Miller, and JJ Watt are anxious to finish the regular season with another run of victories and are not likely to go easy on the hapless Jets.
Injuries and notes
DeAndre Hopkins practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday and was upgraded to probable with a foot injury. JJ Watt (knee) is also probable.
Wide receiver Keke Coutee (hamstring) and DeAndre Carter (concussion), join guard SenioKelemete (elbow) and center Zach Fulton (hand) on the questionable list.
Safety Andre Hal (ankle) and corners Kareem Jackson (knee) and Johnathan Joseph (neck) are also questionable.
For the Jets, running backs Isaiah Crowell (foot), Eli McGuire ankle), and Trenton Cannon (toe) joined wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (ankle) on the sidelines for practices this week.
Linebacker Jordan Jenkins (ankle) missed practice, too. All are listed as questionable.
Bill O’Brien knows his Texans can’t win them all, but they can win most of them. He will have his team ready to rebound against the Jets as he continues to enjoy having a legitimate quarterback for the first time in Houston.
Todd Bowles says he isn’t worried about his job status and the players who voiced an opinion supported him. But there is a massive roster overhaul expected this offseason, and that might prompt a coaching change as much as his won-lost record.
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Who will win the Jets-Texans game?
The New York Jets have this knack for coming back to life just as fans are about to pronounce them dead. It wouldn’t be a reach to think they will play hard in front of their home fans and a national TV audience.
But playing hard isn’t always good enough, especially when your opponent has so much on the line.