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Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) and quarterback Eli Manning (10) (Tim Heitman)
Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) and quarterback Eli Manning (10) (Tim Heitman)

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THE GAME

The Giants (0-2) at the Houston Texans (0-2) at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

The temperatures should be in the upper 80s and will feel much hotter than that, and there is the possibility of thunderstorms. So yeah, they're probably going to close the roof.

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Houston Texans, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets free safety Marcus Gilchrist (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets free safety Marcus Gilchrist (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Jets safety Marcus Gilchrist signed a one-year deal with the Houston Texans, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Gilchrist, 28, recorded 55 combined tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble in 13 games with New York last season.

The Jets released Gilchrist, who was due $6 million this season, in May after they drafted safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.

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Aug 16, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Eric Tomlinson (83) runs the ball against Indianapolis Colts defensive back Dewey McDonald (31) during the second half of a preseason NFL football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 16, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Eric Tomlinson (83) runs the ball against Indianapolis Colts defensive back Dewey McDonald (31) during the second half of a preseason NFL football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets have signed TE Eric Tomlinson off of the Texans' practice squad and have waived OLB Victor Ochi, the team announced Saturday. 

With TE Kellen Davis ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, the Jets have added more depth at the position. 

Tags: Houston Texans, Kellen Davis
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Former Giants wide receivers coach Sean Ryan (Matthew Emmons/USATSI)
Former Giants wide receivers coach Sean Ryan (Matthew Emmons/USATSI)

Two New York Giants assistant coaches will join the Houston Texans' coaching staff.

Former Giants wide receivers coach Sean Ryan will become the Texans' wide receivers coach, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport (Jan. 15), while special teams assistant Larry Izzo will become Houston's special teams coordinator, according to FoxSports.com's Peter Schrager (Jan. 15).

Ryan was on Tom Coughlin's staff for nine years, including two different stints as wide receivers coach. He helped develop players like Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Mario Manningham in his first stint from 2010 to 2011, then helped Odell Beckham Jr. grow into a star receiver in 2014 and 2015.

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Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates (6) jumps into the arms of Houston Texans tackle Duane Brown (76) after throwing a touchdown pass against the New York Jets during the second half of a game at NRG Stadium. Houston won 24-17. (Raymond Carlin III)
Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates (6) jumps into the arms of Houston Texans tackle Duane Brown (76) after throwing a touchdown pass against the New York Jets during the second half of a game at NRG Stadium. Houston won 24-17. (Raymond Carlin III)

For all the changes the Jets made this offseason, yesterday's loss and the struggles over the past few weeks had a familiar feel to them.

However, if I told you at the start of the season that the Jets would be without Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson and Darrelle Revis during a November road game against a team leading their division, would you really have expected anything better than a competitive loss?

Right now, the Jets are victims of their own early-season success because the 4-1 start placed unrealistic expectations on the team. At the same time, they're not as bad as this 1-4 stretch would suggest either. 

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are deep in the heart of a losing streak, as they take calls and comments after the Jets dropped Sunday's tilt with the Texans.

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Nov 1, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) salutes the crowd after sacking Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) in the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium. Houston won 20-6. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports (Erich Schlegel)
Nov 1, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) salutes the crowd after sacking Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) in the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium. Houston won 20-6. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports (Erich Schlegel)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Ryan Fitzpatrick saw enough of J.J. Watt last season with the Houston Texans to know why he's such a force to be reckoned with.

The high motor. The athleticism. The desire to win every play in every game.

"He plays hard every snap in practice, too," said Fitzpatrick, traded by the Texans to the New York Jets in March. "But it was a big difference when you're wearing a red (no-contact) jersey and he's not allowed to hit you versus when you're out there and the lights are on."

Tags: Breno Giacomini, Houston Texans, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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The Giants (0-2) try to break an 0-7 September losing streak today when they host All-Pro DE J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans (2-0).

Site: Metlife Stadium

Kickoff: 1:00pm EDT

Tags: Giants-Texans, Houston Texans, New York Giants, NFL Week 3
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Ralph Vacchiano, Daily News: This really isn?t a much easier spot for the Giants than the Colts game was three weeks ago - - with the only differences being that the Texans aren?t as battle tested as Indy and they aren?t angry and desperate to avoid a slow start. But the Texans are good and they?ve got all the ingredients to make a long run this season - - the pass rush, the running game, the quarterback, the receivers. The Giants ? well, they?re just not clicking. I know what they did to the Bears, but here?s the part I can?t get out of my head: As dominant as they looked in that game, it was 10-3 in the fourth quarter when Ahmad Bradshaw lost the ball en route to what should?ve been a game-sealing touchdown. They came closer to losing that game most people remember. Plus, that overwhelming defensive performance had a lot to do with the Bears? bad, injured line, Mike Martz?s dumb coaching mistakes, and a shell-shocked Jay Cutler. Also, teams learn. Remember the 12-sack game the Giants had against the Eagles in 2007? They had a total of one the following week. If this game were home, maybe I?d have more faith that the Giants could put it all together. But with their turnover issues, with a slew of injuries, a long road trip, and a talented Texans offense? They won?t be blown out like they were in Indy, but winning this game might be just a little too much to ask. TEXANS 31, GIANTS 21

Paul Schwartz, New York Post: This is the most balanced team the Giants have faced thus far, and they will have to be at their very best to leave Texas with a victory. Don?t like how hobbled Bradshaw seems to be, still too many elements (special teams, turnovers) lacking consistency and return of linebacker Brian Cushing should inspire home team. TEXANS 24, GIANTS 20

Tags: Giants-Texans, Houston Texans, New York Giants, NFL Week 5, Paul Schwartz, Ralph Vacchiano

Barry Cofield is featured in the?New York Post's Sunday Q&A.

Also in the Post, Paul Schwartz?says the Giants will face a balanced offense when they take on the Texans today, while Steve Serby?says it's time for Big Blue?to make a statement.

In the Daily News, Ralph Vacchiano?takes a look at the increased role of rookie Jason Pierre-Paul.

Tags: Giants-Texans, Houston Texans, New York Giants, New York Post, NFL Week 5, NY Daily News, The New York Times, The Star-Ledger
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The Giants' wide receivers should get some good sleep tonight knowing that tomorrow they'll be playing against the NFL's worst-ranked pass defense. From ESPN New York:

The Giants receivers believe they can take advantage of a shaky Houston secondary that has given up eight passing touchdowns already this season. New York enters the game No. 9 in the NFL in passing yards per contest with 235.5.

Houston is allowing 337. 8 passing yards per contest, the worst in the NFL by over 30 yards. Overall, the team is allowing opponents to rack up 408 yards per game. In their four games, opposing quarterbacks have thrown for: 433, 426, 284 and 278 passing yards. While some of that passing yardage can be attributed to teams falling behind and having to try and keep pace with Houston?s potent offense, it doesn?t account for the all-around struggles in the secondary.

Tags: Giants Offense, Giants Wide Receivers, Houston Texans, New York Giants
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The Giants have every right to feel good about themselves following last week's dominating defensive performance against the Bears. On Sunday, the defense will be?called upon once again, this time to stop a Texans team that has one of the better offensive squads in the league. From the Daily News:

After ransacking the Bears' pass-happy attack with 10 sacks against Mike Martz's swiss cheese line, the Giants take on what defensive coordinator Perry Fewell calls the most balanced offense they have faced so far. The Texans average 415.5 yards per game behind quarterback Matt Schaub and wide receiver Andre Johnson (game-time decision)?but it all starts with a precision rushing attack that averages 172 yards a game.
That rushing attack is led by Arian Foster, who?is tops in the NFL in rushing (134.3 yards per game), total yards from scrimmage (172.3) and first downs gained (35). Houston is averaging 27 points a game, but they've also given up, on average,?25.5 points and 408 total yards (last in the NFL).
Tags: Giants Defense, Houston Texans, New York Giants, Texans Offense, week 5

The Texans are 3-1 and in first place in the AFC South. But they've given up 102 points (25.5 per game) while scoring 108. The defense will welcome back?the NFL's?2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year on Sunday when linebacker Brian Cushing makes his season debut against the Giants. The Bergen Catholic product sat out the first four games of the season after violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing drugs.

Also for Houston, wide receiver Andre Johnson is expected to be a game-time decision. Johnson sat out last Sunday's win over the Raiders due to a sprained right ankle. Jacoby Jones, who has 14 catches this year, may be sidelined with a strained calf muscle.

Tags: Andre Johnson, Brian Cushing, Houston Texans, Jacoby Jones, New York Giants