POSTED: Sunday September 13th 2009

New York Jets Postgame Notes Jets 24, Texans 7

Reliant Stadium

Week #1 – 9.13.09

Jets Firsts:

Rex Ryan – First game as an NFL head coach, and first win as an NFL head coach

First NFL Start: Mark Sanchez, Vernon Gholston

First start as Jet: Sanchez, Gholston, Marques Douglas, Jim Leonhard, Bart Scott, Lito Sheppard.

First game as a Jet: Sanchez, Douglas, Leonhard, Scott, Sheppard. Steve Weatherford, Ben Hartsock, Larry Izzo, Jamaal Westerman, Howard Green.

NFL debuts: Sanchez, Westerman

Today’s captains:  Alan Faneca, Kris Jenkins, Howard Green, James Dearth.

Following the game, Head Coach Rex Ryan presented Jets Chairman and CEO Woody Johnson with a game ball in appreciation for giving Ryan the opportunity to be an NFL head coach.

The Jets allowed only 183 total yards. The last time they held a team under 200 yards, they allowed 171 yards vs. CIN (10/12/08). Last season, the Texans averaged 382.1 yards per game.

The Jets held the Texans to 38 yards rushing (13 carries). The last time they held a team to under 50 yards rushing, the held Tennessee to 45 yards, 11/23/08.

The last time the Jets played a game without allowing an offensive touchdown, they defeated the Rams, 47-3, 11/9/08.

The Jets put up 462 total yards of offense. They last surpassed 400 yards in a game at Tennessee, 11/23/08 (409 yards).

The Jets held the Texans scoreless in the first half, the first time they have held a team scoreless since they led the Rams, 40-0, in their 47-3 win vs. St. Louis, 11/9/08.

The Jets held the Texans to an average of 4.0 yards on first downs. The Texans were among the best in the league last season on first down, averaging around 6.5 yards per play on first down in 2008.

Sanchez notes:

    • Mark Sanchez finished the game 18-for-31 for 272 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a passer rating of 84.4.
    • Sanchez was 12-for-15 for 191 yards and a touchdown (141.0 passer rating) on third down converting nine. He also ran seven yards for a first down on third down.
    • Sanchez is the fourth quarterback since the merger to win his first start on opening day as a rookie on the road.

                9/09/2001 Chris Weinke, CAR  24-13 at MIN 

                9/04/1983 John Elway, DEN  14-10 at PIT

                9/16/1973 Joe Ferguson,  BUF  31-13 at NE

Jones notes:

    • Thomas Jones rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, his 26th career regular season game of over 100 yards rushing.
    • The Jets started the second half with a 12-play, 87-yard drive, covering the first 7:25 of the third quarter and culminating with a one-yard touchdown run by Jones.
    • Jones also scored on a 38-yard run in the second half.
    • He now has 53 career touchdowns, 50 rushing touchdowns, including 19 as a Jet.
    • The Jets are now 11-2 in games when Thomas Jones scores a touchdown. 

Leon Washington logged 120 combined yards on 22 touches. He posted 60 rushing yards on 15 carries, four catches for 24 yards, one kickoff return for 20 yards and two punt returns for 16 yards,

Jay Feely kicked a 24-yard field goal to complete a 16-play, 68-yard drive, which spanned 8:27. Feely’s field goal was his 15th consecutive successful FGA, tying him with Mike Nugent (2007) for fourth on the Jets franchise list.

Donald Strickland hit Steve Slayton in the second quarter, causing a fumble that was recovered by Mike DeVito. For Strickland, it was the second forced fumble of his career and first since 2005. It was DeVito’s first career fumble recovery. He returned it seven yards.

After the Slaton turnover, the Jets scored their first touchdown on a 10-play, 78-yard drive that took 4:08, and ended on Mark Sanchez’s first career touchdown pass, a 30-yarder to Chansi Stuckey. Stuckey’s touchdown catch was the fourth of his career. He caught touchdown passes in the first three games of the 2008 season. The 30-yard catch was one short of his career-long reception, a 31-yarder in 2008 at OAK. He finished with four catches for 64 yards and the touchdown.

David Harris recorded the Jets first sack of the season, dropping Matt Schaub for an eight-yard loss. It marked Harris’ seventh sack of his career. Harris led the Jets in tackles with 11, and added a pass defensed and two quarterback hits.

Jamaal Westerman registered his first NFL sack in his NFL debut, a 13-yard loss on Schaub in the second half.

Pro Bowl CB Darrelle Revis held Pro Bowl WR Andre Johnson to four catches for 35 yards, Johnson was thrown to seven times, according to the press box statistics. Johnson led the NFL in 2008 with 115 receptions for 1,575 yards and eight touchdowns.

Lito Sheppard’s second half interception, made possible when Donald Strickland hit Schaub on a blitz, was the 19th of his career.

Steve Weatherford punted four times for 164 yards.  Weatherford averaged 41.0 yards per punt, and 41.0 yards net, allowing no return yards and two punts inside-the-20

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