Coming off an exciting win over the Denver Broncos, the Houston Texans now shift their attention to a showdown with the New York Jets this Sunday.
Behind enemy lines
At this early stage in the week, it's still unclear who the Jets will be starting at QB. There are rumors that Zach Wilson could be back in the mix, but if not, the Jets will likely roll with Trevor Siemien or newly signed Brett Rypien as Tim Boyle was released on Tuesday.
Points figure to be hard to come by for New York, as they are 30th in the league in points scored at 14.3 per game. Vegas agrees that this looks like a low scoring affair, with this game having the third-lowest total of the week at 33.5. Houston is currently favored to win by 6.5 points.
Editor's note: The total for the game has shifted since the recording of the video. The numbers above reflect the current odds as of this writing.
The Jets much like the Broncos struggle to defend the run (27th in rushing yards against), but the Texans have been unable to get the ground game going for much of the season.
Houston will look to get points through the air with CJ Stroud, but yards won't come easy. The Jets are third in passing yards against per game at 176.58.
The Texans will get their first taste of life without star rookie Tank Dell, and Nico Collins could have to deal with All-Pro corner Sauce Gardner for most of the day.
We'll learn a lot about the Texans offense sans Dell this Sunday. Robert Woods and Noah Brown are going to have to do better than zero combined receptions, like they recorded against Denver.
Be sure to watch the full early preview in the video above as we cover all the angles and share our predictions for the game.
Mar 4, 2024, 5:02 pm
We are exactly one week away from when the legal tampering period begins in the NFL, when agents and teams are allowed to begin negotiations. Deals cannot become official until the new league year begins next Wednesday, but we often hear about contracts being agreed upon within the first few hours of legal tampering.
The Houston Texans have been connected to Giants running back Saquon Barkley and Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans. Over the weekend, KPRC's Aaron Wilson reported that the Texans were not likely to pursue Evans.
Now, we'll never know for sure if the Texans were looking to make a run at Evans, as he has agreed to a 2-year, $52 million contract with Tampa Bay on Monday.
More about the Buccaneers and five-time Pro-Bowl receiver Mike Evans reaching agreement on a two-year, $52 million contract that includes $35 million guaranteed, per his agent @DerykGilmore of @Day1SportsEnt.https://t.co/fwzIwzI3IL
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 4, 2024
Will this keep the Texans from signing a receiver?
Not necessarily, but the top options that could have been available are becoming less likely to reach free agency. The Bengals are using the franchise tag on Tee Higgins. Colts GM Chris Ballard has made it clear Michael Pittman isn't going anywhere.
The top receivers available in free agency now could come down to Jaguars' Calvin Ridley, Cardinals' Marquise Brown, and Bills' Gabe Davis to a lesser extent.
However, the Jags could bring back Ridley, and Brown isn't a lock to leave in free agency either. It's looking more and more like the Texans will be better off upgrading the position in the NFL Draft. Especially after some eye-opening performances at the NFL Combine this weekend.
It's also important to keep in mind that Tank Dell, Nico Collins, John Metchie, and Robert Woods are currently under contract for 2024. They could also look to bring back Noah Brown.
As for Barkley, we fully expect the Texans to add some depth at running back. But Barkley won't come cheap, and this could be another position the team will address in the draft.
Saquon Barkley's projected contract, per @PFF_Brad
Would you sign him on this deal? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/VcYA1xLMln
— PFF HOU Texans (@PFF_Texans) February 27, 2024
And don't be surprised if they elect to bring back Devin Singletary after DeMeco's Ryans' ringing endorsement of him last week.