After a breath taking moment on defense when Bart Scott limped off the field with a leg injury, backup Josh Mauga entered the game and made sure the Jets defense did not miss a beat. He followed Scott’s injury with a 13-yard sack on Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.
Following the blitz, the Texans punted to Jets rookie Jeremy Kerley who could not find a line and was brought down shortly.
On offense, the Jets continued their red-zone woes as Sanchez and company drove down the field with passes to Santonio Holmes and Derrick Mason, and a couple of strong runs by third year veteran Shonn Greene. Their drive ended with the Texans getting a sack of their own and Jets kicker Nick Folk knocking in a 33 yard field goal.
Bart Scott’s injury does not look too serious as he re-entered the game when the Jets defense took the field for the second time tonight. Although Mauga will not see the field for another quarter, it is great for the Jets that he is explosive and if he continues this kind of play, should be a quality linebacker down the line.
The sack on Sanchez was a result of holding the ball too long; with the loss of Nick Mangold (center) and Brandon Moore (right guard) the offensive line is looking shaky; it will be interesting to see how they hold up without these two key players.