In the first half the Jets defense could not stop the Texans offense as the Texans scored on each of their first four drives. The Texans dominated much of the first half action, but they failed to pull away. The two things that kept the the Jets from getting blown out early were the Texans’ inability to score touchdowns and Sam Darnold’s beautifully engineered touchdown drive to close the half.
In the third quarter the Jets defense dominated, forcing three straight Texans three and outs as the Jets pass rush made life miserable for Deshaun Watson. Sam Darnold led another touchdown drive to bring the Jets within one point at 16 - 15 as Jason Myers missed his second extra point of the game.
The Texans opened the fourth quarter with a long field goal drive. Then the Jets answered with yet another beautifully executed long touchdown drive, capped by a two yard touchdown run by Elijah McGuire, giving the Jets their first lead of the game at 22-19.
Unfortunately the Jets could not hold the lead. Deshaun Watson led the Texans down the field in a methodical drive that ended in a DeAndre Hopkins touchdown with just over 2 minutes to play. The Texans took a 26 - 22 lead, with Jason Myers two missed extra points looming large, the difference between needing a touchdown and needing a field goal to win the game.
The Jets went four and out on the ensuing possession and the game was all but over. The Texans took over deep in Jets territory and proceeded to kick a field goal for a 29 - 22 lead. The Jets got the ball back with less than a minute to go but were unable to drive the length of the field for a game tying touchdown. Thus was a valiant effort by Sam Darnold wasted in yet another Jets loss.
With the loss the Jets record goes to 4-10, as they head into the final two weeks of the 2018 season.
John will be around for a more in depth recap of today’s game a bit later this evening. In the meantime leave your comments on the game below.