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Jets Q&A: Revis gets the better of Johnson

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) tackles

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) tackles Houston Texans tight end Joel Dreessen (85) during the second quarter of an NFL football game. (Nov. 21, 2010) Credit: AP

How did the big matchup between Darrelle Revis and Andre Johnson go?

The Texans' top weapon was held in check. Johnson was targeted nine times and caught four passes for 32 yards, although his 20-yard catch against Revis set up Arian Foster's go-ahead 1-yard touchdown run with 2:18 left. Johnson had three catches for 12 yards in the first half.

"It's the best of the best. He played his heart out and I played my heart out," Revis said. "He did get the big catch on me late in the fourth quarter, but I'm trying to do the best I can to defend every pass and he's an elite receiver. He's going to catch some balls. My job is just to keep his average and his touchdown average below normal.''

Was Revis exclusively on Johnson?

No. Houston did its best to move him around a bit, hoping to create a mismatch. "I think that was smart ," Revis said. "They were moving him away from me to try to get him the ball a little bit.''

What happened to Damien Woody?

While engaged in a block, the right tackle hurt his MCL when he got his right leg rolled up on by the Texans' Mark Anderson. Woody didn't return and is expected to have an MRI Monday. Afterward, he said he felt better than he did when the injury occurred.

What was that commotion about in the third quarter just before Santonio Holmes' 41-yard TD?

A fan bolted onto the field and evaded New Jersey state troopers and stadium security during his 60-plus-yard run. He tripped just before reaching the end zone and was corraled. More than a few Jets, including Rex Ryan, were chuckling as the incident unfolded.

Did Ryan consider using the "Freeway" defense after Mark Sanchez's interception with 1:52 left gave the Texans, leading 24-23, the ball at the Jets' 10?

"I thought about [letting the Texans score to get the ball back with more time left], but then I thought, 'We have two timeouts,' " Ryan said. "We thought the exact situation would happen. We'd stop them on three running plays and they'd kick the field goal. I said, 'Let's stop them.' . . . I thought we'd get a good return, give it to our offense and see what happens."

Vernon Gholston appeared to take down Matt Schaub, but he was ruled to have thrown the ball away in time for an incompletion. Any reaction by Gholston on nearly getting his first career sack?

"I thought I had it, to be honest, all the way up to the point where they didn't call a penalty," Gholston said. "I thought he was inside the pocket and they were going to rule it intentional grounding and credit the sack. But what can you do? Just get more opportunities to get out there."

What about the Jets' quick turnaround, playing again Thursday?

"I think it's more physical," Calvin Pace said. "Guys have to get somewhat healthy, but we had one last year, too. The good thing for us is we played Cincinnati twice last year.''

Will Jerricho Cotchery play Thursday?

The wideout's slight groin tear is improving daily, and he increased his running the past few days. But he hasn't started doing any cutting and is unsure if he'll be ready to face the Bengals.

The Texans are extremely frustrated after losing on a last-second reception for the second straight week, right?

"When teams play us, they look for a highlight game,'' safety Bernard Pollard said. "You look at the last three receivers we've played, and their fantasy statuses went up. It's ridiculous.''


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