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Dec 9, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is tackled by Washington Redskins safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (20) during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Dec 9, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is tackled by Washington Redskins safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (20) during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

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THE GAME 

The Tennessee Titans (7-6) at the Giants (5-8) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. ET.

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Willie Colon, Ray Lucas, and Bart Scott give their keys to the game for the Jets to beat the Texans

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THE GAME 

The Jets (4-9) against the Houston Texans (9-4) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 4:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

The Jets and Texans will be just a few degrees away from a snow game … but it doesn't look like they're going to make it. Temperatures should be above 40 at kickoff but will drop through the mid-30s as the game goes on. There is also plenty of rain sprinkled into the forecast throughout the night.

WHAT IT MEANS

They showed a little pride earlier this week against the Bills, but in the process they blew a chance to gain control of their destiny in the race for the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. They're only one game behind the Cardinals, Raiders and 49ers in that race, though. So a loss to the Texans here and they're right back in it.

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New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell is escorted off the field after being injured against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell is escorted off the field after being injured against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets ruled running back Isaiah Crowell and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa out for Saturday's game against the Texans, while outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins will be a game-time decision.

Crowell left Sunday's 27-23 win over the Bills in the first half with a foot injury and did not return. Elijah McGuire recorded 60 rushing yards and 23 receiving yards in Crowell's absence, scoring the game-winning 1-yard rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Enunwa did not practice on Tuesday or Wednesday with an ankle injury. He missed two games in October with a sprained ankle.

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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. 

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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."

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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

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Here are three keys for the Giants today if they are going to get of the schneid vs Houston today.

Stop the run. The Texans are averaging 151.5 yards per game on the ground. The Giants will have Markus Kuhn back and the Texans may be without their feature RB, Arian Foster. Don't let the backups beat you.

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The wild card round of the playoffs starts Saturday, and there are a few good matchups to watch.

Here are this week?s picks. I?ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week?s games in the comments section. Good luck!

Week 17 Record: 2-2

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The Falcons and Giants covered last week, but the Packers couldn?t cover the 16-point spread. The Chargers put up an inept performance against the Browns.

Here are this week?s picks. I?ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week?s games in the comments section. Good luck!

Week 8 Record: 2-2

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- I knew that I'd get to see the NFL's best receiver when I watched the Giants face the Texans, but I didn't know he would be wearing a Giants jersey. ?Andre Johnson has been the NFL's best wide receiver for a couple of years, but yesterday, it was Hakeem Nicks who looked like an all pro. ?I've been describing Nicks as "dripping with talent" ever since the Giants drafted him, and he's finally turning his talent into production. ?I don't actually think he's the best wide receiver in the league (at least not yet), but I think he's top 15 and will eventually be top 10.

- Jonathan Goff made a nice play to deflect a pass for Owen Daniels, and almost came away with an interception. ?He also had a bone crushing tackle on Arian Foster to stuff the NFL's leading rusher for a loss of 3 yards. ?It was Goff's only tackle of the game, which is slightly concerning, but his play overall has been impressive thus far. ?He's looked better than rookie MLB Rolando McClain of the Raiders, whom most Giants fans (including myself) wanted to draft.

- The Giants' didn't have ten sacks, but their defensive line was almost as impressive as they were against the Bears. ?Osi Umenyiora is fully back, as he has 5 sacks in the last two games. ?Justin Tuck is playing well, and Chris Canty's long arms make it tough for the QB to dump off passes over the middle. ?They have turned into a stout run defense, and their defensive backfield is finally playing up to its potential, making the Giants defense a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks.

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I didn't like the Texans' chanced going into this game, and people told me I was crazy. ?I kept thinking about what Perry Fewell said about the defense as the team ended the preseason.

He basically told us this defense of his would take some time to get rooted. I think that's happened. The Giants are stopping the run and daring opponents to pass against them, ?exposing quarterbacks to their unending pass rush in the process.

That pass rush has looked like a flash flood as of late - a quick, powerful deluge that wipes out even the most prepared victims.

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- The defensive line was dominant again. ?They didn't record ten sacks like they did last week (they had 3), but they were in Matt Schaub's face all day, suffocating the Texans' offense.

- The Giants continue to stuff the run, holding the NFL's leading rushing team to 24 yards on 15 carries. ?Arian Foster, the league's leading rusher, had 25 yards on 11 carries.

- Hakeem Nicks had another huge game, catching 12 balls for 130 yards and 2 TD. ?He did drop a 45 yard bomb and strangely stepped out of bounds at the one yard line when he could have dove for another touchdown. ?The 12 receptions tied for a Giants record for receptions by a wide receiver (Tiki Barber had 13).

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The latest injury report for today's game vs Houston.....

C?Shaun O'Hara (ankle/Achilles), OT?Will Beatty (foot), LB?Keith Bulluck (toe), FB?Madison Hedgecock (hamstring) and DE?Mathias Kiwanuka (neck) are all OUT for today's game.

RB?Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle), CB?Terrell Thomas(hamstring), and S?Kenny Phillips (knee) are QUESTIONABLE. ? Bradshaw and Thomas have said they will play and Phillips will likely also, but he is listed as a game time decision.

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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

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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.

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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.

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From Chris Duncan of the AP.....

"Schaub has been sacked 11 times in the first four games ? second-most in the league along with Kyle Orton and Michael Vick ? though the Raiders didn't get to him last weekend.

Even with the sacks, Houston ranks second in the league in total offense (415.5 yards per game) and has put up big numbers both running and passing, though usually not in the same game. The Texans said the Bears and offensive coordinator Mike Martz were too predictable in their play-calling and it cost them against New York.

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Tom Coughlin had a short media session today. On Sunday the Giants will face the Texans in Houston, their third inter-conference game in five weeks. The Giants have yet to play a game vs and NFC East opponent. That won't happen until Oct 25th when they go back down to Texas to play the Cowboys on Monday Night Football.

Q: How's Ahmad Bradshaw?

A: He did well. He did okay ? he got up on his toes, ran around.

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1. Matt Schaub

Andre Johnson is the big weapon on this offense, and Arian Foster is the NFL's leading rusher, but it all starts and ends with Matt Schaub. ?If the Giants can recreate the pressure they put on Jay Cutler, it'll be hard for the Texans to move the ball. ?Schaub has a quicker release than Cutler, so it won't be that easy, but a good pass rush can disrupt the entire offense. ?It all falls on the shoulders of the front four, because the Texans' offense is too multi-faceted to overcompensate against one part of their attack. ?If they play with 6 defensive backs like they did against the Colts, the Texans will run the ball down their throats. ? If they blitz too often, Schaub will beat them with quick-hitters. ?It is?imperative?that their front four continue to?wreak?havoc.

2. Mario Williams

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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).
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The Giants were a little healthier out on the field today as Adam Koets returned to center, shifting Rich Seubert back over to guard, David Diehl over to left tackle and Shawn Andrews back to the sidelines.

Andrews will still see plenty of time this Sunday. ?He will be the first man off the bench to spell someone plus the Giants have been bringing him in as a blocking TE.

Players who did not practice today: the usuals - OT Will Beatty (foot) and C?Shaun O'Hara (Achilles); DE Mathias Kiwanuka (neck), FB Madison Hedgecock (hammy) and LB Keith Bulluck (toe). Those five are sure to be ruled out for Sunday.

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This week the Giants go to Houston to play the 3-1 Texans, who are gaining notoriety as one of the NFL's most potent offenses. The Giants have taken a few weeks to rise from the dead and are now considered armed and dangerous - especially on defense.

Oddly enough, this game may come down to the Houston defense and the Giants' offense....

Here's some facts.

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The Giants practiced yesterday without the services of several key players. ?The offensive line was without both centers. ?Shaun O'Hara is still hampered by his Achilles / ankle problems and Adam Koets has a bruised MCL that should not keep him out more than a day or two. ?Rich Seubert filled in at center in their absence.

As a result, the line is going through some changes. David?Diehl slid over to Seubert's spot at guard. With Will Beatty out until November, Shawn Andrews is next in line to play tackle, which he did yesterday. ?Tom Coughlin said Diehl and Andrews would alternate at tackle, but that is only if Koets is out.

Today, the Giants have a midday practice followed by press sessions with all three coordinators. The next game is Sunday in Houston against the high-flying 3-1 Texans.

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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.

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We have our work cut out for us. Obviously, it was special up front with the things they do and with the people they do it with. In this league, everything starts with trying to find a way to keep your quarterback upright. That performance last week was one for the ages, it was unbelievable. We're going to have to hunker down and find a way to keep our quarterback upright the best way we can and go from there. It definitely starts with protecting the quarterback.
- Houston Texans' Head Coach Gary Kubiak
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