By Matt Bowen, National Football Post

Here are some quick game notes after watching the Texans move to 5-0 on the season with a 23-16 win over the Jets in New York—starting with Arian Foster and J.J. Watt.

Foster’s production: Look at the final numbers: 29 carries, 152-yards and a TD. In the Texans’ playbook you will see the Counter OF, Power O and Lead out of their 2-Back looks with the Stretch and Stretch “GT” (pull the front side Guard and Tackle) when Foster is aligned in the “dot.”  And off this run action, the boot (and “Swap” boot) come into play for QB Matt Schaub. The Texans didn’t generate the big plays down the field to WR Andre Johnson when he was matched up vs. CB Antonio Cromartie and they scaled back the call sheet in the fourth quarter. However, when you have a back with Foster’s vision and power vs. a D-Line you can move off the ball, its easy to lean on the run game.

Jets’ “gadget” offense: I’m not making excuses for QB Mark Sanchez. We all know he has to play better football for this club. However, look at all of the “gadget” plays New York wants to run. I have no problem with getting creative, but when you put yourself consistently in adverse situations with these trick plays, you can’t expect Sanchez to come back in the game, make throws and rescue the offense. That’s not smart football. Especially when you are down six in the fourth quarter. Give the ball to your starting QB and let him run the offense.

J.J. Watt continues to own the NFL: When you watch the Texans’ DE play, its easy to be impressed with his athletic ability, speed up the field and his power at the point of attack. That’s legit talent right there. But let’s not forget about the technique Watt displays with his hands. He can “press” an offensive lineman and create some separation to work his counter moves. Fast and violent with the hands. That’s what I took from the game.

The “block” on Cushing: O-Lineman are going to cut. No different than a WR going after a safety down the field. As a defensive player, you do drills throughout camp and in regular season practices to get your hands down and defeat the cut block (extend your arms, press down on the shoulder pads and get the blocker off your legs). However, you can’t defend yourself vs. a cut-block that comes in late on the side of your knee (and even possibly behind the knee). That’s what I saw from Jets’ guard Matt Slauson who took out Cushing when the LB was trailing the play. Dirty block? It’s pretty close. And that would be a major loss for Houston if Cushing is out for an extended period of time with a serious injury.

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  • Mark Sanchez

    Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets throws a pass in the first half against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

  • Jeff Cumberland

    Jeff Cumberland #86 (C) of the New York Jets celebrates with Bilal Powell #29 and Clyde Gates #19 after Cummberland caught a 27-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

  • Jeff Cumberland

    Jeff Cumberland #86 of the New York Jets catches a 27-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

  • Jeff Cumberland

    Jeff Cumberland #86 of the New York Jets catches a 27-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

  • Arian Foster

    Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs for 46-yardfs in the first quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

  • Jeff Cumberland

    Jeff Cumberland #86 (C) of the New York Jets celebrates with Vladimir Ducasse #62, Bilal Powell #29 and Clyde Gates #19 after Cummberland caught a 27-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

  • Arian Foster

    Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans scores a 13-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

  • Nick Mangold

    New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) is carted off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J.

  • Tim Tebow

    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.

  • Arian Foster

    Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs for a 13-yard touchdown in the second quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

  • Tim Tebow

    Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets looks to pass in the first half against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

  • James Casey

    James Casey #86, Justin Forsett #28, Owen Daniels #81 and Garrett Graham #88 of the Houston Texans celebrate after Daniels scored a 34-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

  • Arian Foster

    Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs the ball against Calvin Pace #97 of the New York Jets in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

  • Matt Schaub

    Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans looks to pass in the first quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

  • Justin Forsett

    Justin Forsett #28 and Owen Daniels #81 of the Houston Texans celebrates after Daniels scored a 34-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

  • Owen Daniels

    Owen Daniels #81 of the Houston Texans catches a 34-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

  • Owen Daniels

    Owen Daniels #81 of the Houston Texans celebrates after he scored a 34-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

  • Justin Forsett

    Houston Texans running back Justin Forsett (28) is tackled by New York Jets inside linebacker David Harris (52) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J.

  • Kevin Walter

    New York Jets defensive back Ellis Lankster (26) tackles Houston Texans wide receiver Kevin Walter (83) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J.

  • Jeff Cumberland

    New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland (86) catches a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J.

  • Andre Johnson, Antonio Cromartie

    Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) tackles New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) after Cromartie intercepted a pass during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J.

  • Arian Foster

    Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) celebrates after rushing for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J.

  • Jeff Cumberland

    New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland (86) celebrates after catching a pass for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J.

  • Antonio Cromartie

    New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) celebrates with linebacker David Harris (52) after intercepting a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J.

  • Arian Foster

    Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) rushes for a touchdown as New York Jets strong safety Yeremiah Bell (37) falls down on the play during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J.

  • Mark Sanchez

    New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J.

  • Tim Tebow

    New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) is tackled by Houston Texans strong safety Glover Quin (29) and inside linebacker Bradie James (53) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J.