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New York Jets at Houston Texans NFL Week 1 Predictions

by Steve Hastings on Thursday, September 10th, 2009

New York Jets at Houston Texans NFL Week 1 Predictions: The Jets head to Houston to take on the Texans under rookie head football coach Rex Ryan to kick off the 2009 NFL Regular season Sunday at 1:00 PM EST on CBS. The Jets have won all three meetings against the Texans.  The NFL Week 1 Predictions experts at online sportsbook Bodog.com have the Houston Texans -5 point favorites at home against the New York Jets.

Mark Sanchez, the No. 5 overall pick in this past April's draft won the starting quarterback job over Kellen Clemens in the preseason. He has a chance to get off to a solid start as he faces a defense that was among the league's worst (29th overall) in the preseason.  Part of the reason for New York's collapse at the end of last season was its defense. The Jets gave up over 24 points a game in losing four of their last five contests. Enter new coach Rex Ryan. He brings in a proven attacking system from Baltimore, but it will be challenged against the Texans' explosive offense.   The NFL Week 1 Predictions experts at Bodog.com have the Texans vs Jets Total set at 43.5 points

Houston's quarterback has had some exceptional moments throughout his career, but he has been unable to stay healthy. He begins the season banged up with an ankle injury and coach Gary Kubiak has stopped short of saying he's going to start. If Schaub is unable to go, Rex Grossman would get the start.

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