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This weekend when the Jets traveled to the Houston Texans, I expected a close football game. Instead the New York walked in like they owned the joint and shut down the Texans high octane offense.

While the Jets defense as a whole was very impressive, young corner back Darrelle Revis caught my attention. I’ve been waiting to see if and when Revis (now in his third year out of Pittsburgh) would become a dominant, shutdown corner.

Last weekend could be the start of a long run of success for this talented corner.

Andre Johnson is considered by many to be one of the premier receivers in football and Revis held him to four catches for only 35 yards. If Revis can perform like this the Jets will no doubt improve on their 29th overall ranking against the pass in 2008.

You Can Not Handle Pressure

The Jets had a very good defense last season against the run and were good at sacking the quarterback with 41 a season ago.

In their first contest, they held the talented running back Steve Slaton to miserable 17 yards rushing.

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This production should remain as long as the Jets have nose tackle Kris Jenkins on the field. Jenkins is a beast of a man standing 6’4 and 360 pounds. Not only is Jenkins big but he is very strong and is good at generation pressure up the middle.

With a stout front line, this allows head coach Rex Ryan (old defensive coordinator of the Ravens and Buddy Ryan’s son) to use is talented linebackers in different ways. They can blitz you from anywhere and also have the range to help in coverage against the pass.

Watching game film from Sunday’s contest, it was easy to see that Texans’ quarterback Matt Schaub was confused often. This confusion eventually led to forcing the ball into coverage and Schaub threw an easy interception.

If the Jets can continue to confound quarterbacks like this, they will be a solid fantasy football defense all year.

Running the Offense

The only weakness this defense has right now is not on the defensive side at all. Their problem is they have a rookie quarterback in Mark Sanchez. Rookies quarterback’s are bound to go through learning curves and Sanchez will be no different.

We saw this when the Jets traveled to the Ravens in the preseason. Sanchez was picked off early for a touchdown. Then on the next drive he almost gave up another touchdown interception to Ray Lewis.

So far, in the regular season Sanchez has made the grade in his first game. For the contest Sanchez was 18 of 31 for 272 yards and a touchdown. While these numbers are good he did throw an interception.

New York Jets Quarterbacks Mark Sanchez Looks to Throw the Ball Downfield at Reliant Stadium in Houston

This interception gave the Texans their only points of the game as they scored a defensive touchdown on the turnover. I’ll advise passes are going to hurt the value of this defense.

Fantasy Football Ranking for Jets Defense

Right now I believe the Jets defense is one of the top five in all of fantasy football. Not only is the defense good but their special teams have Leon Washington returning kicks and punts.

It will be interesting to see how the Jets will matchup against Tom Brady and the Patriots this weekend. I would start the Jets’ defense this week as Brady is still recovering from his knee problem and the Jets are playing awesome defense.

Look for the Jets to be a solid producing fantasy defense for the 2009 season and beyond.

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