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Texans vs. Jets: Houston improves to 5-0

The Texans remain perfect after 23-17 win in the Big Apple.

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Power Rankings: Undefeated Texans on top

Experts across the web are pegging the Texans as the NFL's best team.

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Arian Foster, J.J. Watt carry Texans to victory

With wins of 20 or more points in three of their first four games of the season, the Texans entered Monday's game as large favorites. They won, but didn't managed to cover the spread, as the Jets used about as much deception as possible to give Houston all they could handle in a 23-17 game.

In particular, the Jets had no answer for Texans running back Arian Foster and struggled all day on offense thanks largely to defensive end J.J. Watt. Vega of Texans SB Nation blog, Battle Red Blog, unsurprisingly gave those two players the game balls for their performances:

Game Balls:

Offense: Arian Foster, though James Casey still has my heart

Defense: J.J. Watt. Brice McCain had a hell of a game, but c'mon... Watt is just a monster.

Foster's 152 yards were the most he's gained in a game so far during the 2012 season, pushing him to second in the NFL in rushing yards. He also added a rushing touchdown, which he's done in 12 of the last 14 games he's played in with the Texans.

The buzz from the game, though, primarily revolved around Watt, the 2011 first-round pick that was a dominant force all night. With a sack in the fourth quarter, Watt took the NFL-lead away from the Packers' Clay Matthews. He was also a disruptive force all night, batting down several Mark Sanchez throws.

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Texans lead Jets after 3 quarters

After three quarters of action, the Houston Texans are in the lead against the New York Jets, 23-14. The third quarter saw Houston make a long touchdown drive of 52 yards on three running plays, but then give up a touchdown on the following kick return. The Jets then attempted an onside kick, but Houston was able to pick it up and drive for a field goal.

Foster is having a fine night, gaining 132 yards on 20 carries against the Jets defense. Matt Schaub has taken advantage of that, making heavy use of the play action pass on his way to 14-for-27 for 209 yards through three quarters. The Houston defense has been able to shut down the Jets' rushing offense, with Shonn Greene gaining less than 20 yards so far, and with Mark Sanchez hovering around a 50 percent completion rate.

Brian Cushing left the game with a leg injury and is questionable to return.

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Brian Cushing leaves Texans game with leg injury

Brian Cushing headed to the locker room in the second quarter of the Houston's game against the New York Jets. He went down with a leg injury after a low block by Matt Slauson.

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Late interception gives Texans 17-7 lead vs. Jets

The Houston Texans lead the New York Jets at halftime of their Monday night game, 17-7. Houston's offense has found success, especially with Arian Foster rushing and the play-action pass.

The big news from the half was linebacker Brian Cushing's injury. Cushing went down clutching his leg midway through the second quarter, reeling from a low block by Matt Slauson. He was able to leave the field under his own power, but shortly after that he left the field for the locker room. He is questionable to return.

Foster has 100 yards on nine carries in the first half, including a long run of 46 yards. That's left the door open for Matt Schaub to make use of the play-action pass. Schaub is 10-for-20 for 134 yards through two quarters, and Owen Daniels has three receptions for 60 yards and one touchdown.

The Jets' offense has looked better against Houston than it did last week against the San Francisco 49ers, but the Texans' defense has managed to hold them in check. Mark Sanchez managed one four-play, 57-yard touchdown drive, but a successful two-minute drill was disrupted when J.J. Watt tipped a ball into Brice McCain's hands for a Houston interception that resulted in a field goal.

Houston has also shut down the Jets' rushing attack, limiting Shonn Greene to 13 yards on six carries and the team overall to 31 yards on 13 carries.

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Texans and Jets are tied after first quarter

The Houston Texans and the New York Jets are tied, 7-7, after one quarter of action at Metlife Stadium. The Texans have looked to be in control at times, opening the game with an 85-yard touchdown drive and successfully stuffing the Jets' run game, but New York has managed to stay competitive.

The Houston offense has had some trouble with the fronts shown by the Jets' defense. Aside from the opening touchdown drive, the Texans have two punts and an interception.

The Jets offense has struggled in recent weeks, but they were able to put together a four-play, 57-yard touchdown drive with just under six minutes remaining in the quarter. The following kickoff pinned Houston deep, and Arian Foster responded by breaking off a 46-yard run to advance the team to midfield. The drive sputtered there, and Houston had to punt.

Matt Schaub is 5-for-10 for 72 yards in the first quarter, with one touchdown and one interception. Arian Foster has 4 carries for 51 yards.

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Ben Tate expected to be ready for Monday night

Backup running back did not practice on Thursday or Friday and is listed as questionable for Monday

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Jets have 24 players listed on their injury report

The New York Jets have just under half of their roster listed on their Friday's injury report

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Texans WR Andre Johnson limited on Friday

The Texans had 16 players listed on the injury report released on Friday.

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Jets had 23 players on their injury report

In the Jets preparation against the Texans they had 23 players listed on their Thursday's injury report.

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Ben Tate questionable for Texans vs. Jets

Houston Texans running back Ben Tate has a sprained toe and is an "end-of-the-week" decision for Monday night's game against the New York Jets.

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