The Jets will make sure their rookie quarterback doesn't have to do too much in his first regular-season game. Not with a dangerous Texans pass rush to contend with. Even if they fall behind and he's forced to throw Sanchez doesn't have the wideouts to mount a big passing day.
The AFC's leading rusher last season should have some success against a defense that ranked 23rd against the run last season. Most teams will stack the box against the Jets since Sanchez is unproven, but new coach Rex Ryan will probably keep going to Jones anyway, even if he doesn't get too many yards per carry.
The Jets' most explosive offensive weapon may get more traditional carries this year. But in what could be a bit of a wide-open affair, expect Washington to remain a big part of the passing game. Screens to Washington may be the best way for Sanchez to collect passing yards all season.
The best of a bad lot at receiver, Cotchery may face double-teams in passing situations. He'll be effective as a possession guy, but don't expect him to break too many long ones with a young quarterback at the helm.
Ryan wants to recreate the Baltimore defense in New York. It might take a few games to get it going on all cylinders. This will probably be a better unit as the season goes on. But they have enough playmakers to make an impact in this game.
Schaub should have enough experience to handle the Jets' disguised blitzes. He has been very effective when he's upright. Schaub is catching the Jets at a good time, when the defense is still mastering Ryan's system.
The Jets may be trying to replicate Baltimore's defense, but they haven't proven they can stop the run. Slaton will prove he's worthy of being a first-round pick with a nice opening week, although he is in danger of losing goal-line opportunities.
The Texans star will likely see a lot of Darrelle Revis, one of the best one-on-one defenders in the NFL. But if the Jets do trust in their elite CB, there's no way anyone is stopping Johnson without help. At some point, he will be heard from on Sunday.
If Kevin Walter sits, Davis is worth taking a look at on Sunday. The Texans have other receivers they'll work in, but Davis would likely get a shot at the beginning and will benefit if the Jets pay too much attention to Johnson
The Texans' defensive line will be licking their chops to get at the Jets' Sanchez, who nearly threw pick-sixes on his first two plays from scrimmage against the Ravens in the preseason. If Houston can get a lead, the D will force a couple mistakes out of the rookie.