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Texans stay undefeated, but Jets hang tough

Houston Texans v New York Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets is tackled by Glover Quin #29 and Bradie James #53 of the Houston Texans in the first half at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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The Texans are 5-0, but the Jets didn’t make it easy on them.

Houston’s 23-17 win on Monday night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, wasn’t the blowout that many expected it to be, as the Jets kept it close deep into the fourth quarter. Only when a Mark Sanchez pass bounced off the hands of tight end Jeff Cumberland and was intercepted just before the two-minute warning did the Texans finally have the game in hand.

Texans running back Arian Foster had his best game of the season, topping 150 yards and scoring a second-quarter touchdown that gave the Texans a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The Texans’ passing game, however, didn’t do a lot, and Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie did a great job covering Texans receiver Andre Johnson.

Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt is continuing to look like the best defensive player in the league. He recorded a sack, knocked down three passes (including the Jets’ last pass of the game), caused an interception, and spent most of the night in the Jets’ backfield. He’s an outstanding player.

And the Texans look like an outstanding team. The Jets gave the Texans the toughest game anyone has given them this season, but that wasn’t enough.