NYJ-HOU Grades: Hopkins toasts Revis, Texans earn victory
Here are the top takeaways and the highest graded players from the Texans’ 24-17 win over the Jets.
– Playing in his first full game since his rookie season back in 2011, QB T.J. Yates (+0.8) had a solid performance yesterday. He wasn’t asked to do a ton – he had just 10 attempts which traveled 10+ yards in the air – but he was decisive, put his teammates in positions to make plays (which more times than not they did) and outside of a second quarter fumble he was careful with the football. Yates was extremely comfortable when given time to throw. When he wasn’t under pressure he was 13 of 25 for 207 yards, with two touchdowns and a +2.5 PFF Grade; when the Jets did manage to pressure him he was just 3 of 9 for 22 yards and a -1.7 PFF Grade.
– DeAndre Hopkins (+3.2) caught five of his 10 targets for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and he easily won the battle between he and CB Darrelle Revis (-3.0). He caught four of his six targets for 98 yards and a touchdown (a 61-yard post route) against the future Hall of Famer. Hopkins wasn’t stranded on Revis Island Sunday, he was vacationing.
– The Texans defense had a dominant performance yesterday led by DE J.J. Watt (+9.8) and OLB Jadaveon Clowney (+5.3). Watt had five total pressures (two sacks and three hits) while also posting a +5.9 grade against the run. This was Watt’s second highest graded game of the season (+13.9 in Week 8) and he now has an overall grade of +53.5 for the year. In his first game since Week 8, Clowney was mainly used in pass rushing situations (he was in on just eight snaps against the run) where he too had five total pressures (one sack and four hurries) along with two batted passes.
DE J.J. Watt (+9.8)
OLB Jadeveon Clowney (+5.3)
CB Jonathan Joseph (+3.3)
WR DeAndre Hopkins (+3.2)
RT Derek Newton (+2.9)
New York Jets
– QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (-3.2) was certainly not Fitzmagic on Sunday, posting his third consecutive game of -2.2 or worse. He had no answer for the Texans pass rush, going 3 of 10 for a total of just four yards when under pressure; and the wheels completely fell off toward the end of the game when not one, but two potential game-tying drives ended in Fitzpatrick interceptions (the first being an underthrown ball on a corner route, the second on a slant route where he misread the coverage).
– The Jets offensive struggles can’t solely be blamed on Fitzpatrick, though. Every member of the Jets offensive line – with the exception of C Nick Mangold (-0.3) who played in just 11 snaps – finished with an overall grade of -1.6 or worse, highlighted by a -7.2 performance from RT Breno Giacomini. The line allowed 13 total pressures in pass protection (Giacomini gave up five) and they combined for a -9.7 run blocking grade.
– On the defensive side of the ball, NT Damon Harrison (+6.7) flat out dominated; especially against the run (+5.7 run defense grade) where he had 10 stops, which is the most any defensive tackle has had in a game dating back to the beginning of PFF (2007). Harrison shattered the previous stops record for DTs of seven, which has been done multiple times, most recently in Week 3 of this season by Brandon Williams. Harrison had more stops on Sunday than Vince Wilfork and Brandon Mebane have for the season combined.
NT Damon Harrison (+6.7)
CB Marcus Williams (+2.8)
RB Bilal Powell (+2.4)
SS Calvin Pryor (+2.1)
FS Marcus Gilchrist (+1.2)
RB Chris Ivory (+1.2)