Running game, dominant defensive line fuel Jets wins over Texans – The Mercury News

HOUSTON – The Jets defeated the Texans to secure their third win of the season, 21-14, in Zach Wilson’s return from a sprained PCL.

Wilson was below average when he struck the rust off. He will not use it as an excuse, but he led his team to victory and that is all that matters. The running game was elite and ran out 157 yards.

The Jets defense held the Texans to 14 points and 202 yards in total offense.

The win moves the Jets to 3-8. Here are some takeaways.

WILSON IN RYTHM IS NICE, WHEN NOT, YUCK

The biggest challenge for Wilson is to play in the rhythm and process pre- and post-snap.

The rookie signal caller was 9-to-13 in 90 yards Sunday as he got the ball out of his hands in less than 2.5 seconds or faster. When Wilson trusts what he sees and attacks the defense, he is effective.

When he is even a little indecisive and starts holding the ball, it falls apart. On passes, when he held the ball longer than 2.5 seconds, he went 5-to-11 in 55 yards and an interception.

Saleh attributed it to youth.

“It’s being a rookie,” Saleh said. “It will just be a growing pain in terms of being able to recognize things. Trust your week’s preparation, but as he watches the game and he begins to see coverage and player behavior and all that, he becomes more comfortable and clearly more determined. So it just becomes one of those agreements that as he gets older, and as he gets more reps, he will get a lot better. ”

Wilson credited some indecision for not trusting himself.

“I just think it’s not trusting what I see sometimes,” Wilson said. “I think I just have to understand that it’s part of the process of what’s going on, and I keep getting better at it every single week.”

FILLING THE MICHAEL CARTERS SHOES

Carter injured his ankle against the Dolphins last week and it was a big blow for the Jets offensive as he was leading in scrimmage yards with 738. He was also the leading rusher with 430 yards.

His presence was not missed. Ty Johnson, Tevin Coleman and Austin Walter produced 148 yards rushing, and Walter scored a touchdown. Against a full box, The Jets ran 105 yards with two touchdowns, according to Next Gen Stats.

It took some of the pressure off of Wilson, who had a pedestrian excursion.

“It was huge,” Wilson said. “You saw how it opened up everything else and played fast and made guys go up. It was great that those guys could get through. The smokers ran their butts off. It’s nice when we can have the balanced football that helps each other on both sides.

WELCOME BACK, DEFENSE LINE

The Jets front caused pressure on 10 of Tyrod Taylor’s 30 dropbacks and fired him five times. John Franklin-Myers had two sacks, Quinnen Williams had one sack, and Tim Ward also recorded one. Linebacker Quincy Williams also had a sack.

Since the seven-sack performance against the Titans, the pass rush has been quiet over the past month, but it came alive against the Texans. And the best part was that most came with a rush of four men, which is how the Jets prefer to play defense. It also means that there was good coverage at the rear end.

“I think it starts with the coaches. They put together a good plan and now I think there is no gray area for those guys, ”Franklin-Myers said. “The coaches took it upon themselves to make sure these guys are put in good positions, and that was them. Again, those guys just made plays. They flew around, knocked people down, knocked the ball out. Even in some of the running game, just to fly to the ball, make tackles, [tackles for loss]. I mean, it was great to see that from the guys. ”

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