Texans’ rookie, C.J. Stroud, issues a strong verdict as he prepares for Jets formidable defense…

In a significant development for the Houston Texans, they find themselves engaged in meaningful December games—an achievement in its own right. However, the importance of moral victories diminishes as they prepare for a crucial matchup against the New York Jets in the Tri-State Area on Sunday. Despite the Jets’ status as the league’s underachievers, particularly following recent events, their defense consistently poses a challenge for opposing quarterbacks.

Even elite QBs like Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen have been made to appear ordinary, while lesser passers have struggled to redeem themselves. The question now is where the Texans’ rookie, C.J. Stroud, will stand in the face of this formidable defense.

For the Jets, each week seems to follow a familiar pattern: a strong performance from head coach Robert Saleh’s defense, juxtaposed with a lackluster offense. The outcome often hinges on factors like the production of running back Breece Hall, turnovers forced by the defense, or the occurrence of a game-altering special teams play. Houston’s strategy is straightforward: protect the ball, win the turnover battle, and secure a victory. Yet, executing this plan against the Jets is easier said than done.

Texans vs. Jets Preview: Can Stroud Overcome Elite Defense?

The vulnerabilities of New York’s offense, especially starting quarterback Zach Wilson, are glaring. Wilson ranks as the least effective qualified passer in terms of expected points added and completion percentage over expected. The Texans can anticipate a formidable performance from their pass rush and potential defensive interceptions.

In what may evolve into a race to reach 20 points, the Texans could opt for a conservative approach, allowing the Jets to self-destruct. However, if this season has taught anything, it’s that late-game victories are exhilarating. The upcoming matchup details are as follows: Houston Texans (7-5) vs. New York Jets (4-8) at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023, at 12 p.m. (CT), broadcasted on CBS and SportRadio 610 AM, 100.3 FM. The Texans are favored at -3.5 (-110), -200 Moneyline, with a Total of 33.5 (o -110/u -110).

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