Mark Sanchez Sharp In Jets 20-16 Preseason Loss To Texans

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NFL Preseason: Houston Texans 20, New York Jets 16

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Chris Ogbonnaya's one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter sent Houston past the New York Jets, 20-16, in the preseason opener for both teams.

Matt Leinart went 8-of-14 for 78 yards, one touchdown -- to Ogbonnaya in the second quarter -- and an interception for the Texans, who are looking to put a 6-10 finish in 2010 behind them.

Matt Schaub took the snaps in the first quarter, completing just two of five passes for 20 yards. Neil Rackers added a pair of field goals for the victors.

Greg McElroy's first professional foray saw the Alabama product go 23-of-39 for 208 yards and a score in defeat for the Jets, who went 11-5 a season ago before losing the AFC title game.

Mark Sanchez played the first quarter, finishing 6-of-7 for 43 yards.

Patrick Turner caught six balls for 32 yards and a TD for New York.

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Jets At Texans, TV Information: Game Will Be On ESPN

The New York Jets will open their 2011 NFL preseason Monday night at Reliant Stadium against the Houston Texans. The game will be televised on ESPN beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

After two straight seasons of reaching the AFC Championship Game the Jets begin a third straight year of hunting the elusive Super Bowl title that has been promised by head coach Rex Ryan.

Newly-signed wide receiver Plaxico Burress will not play Monday for the Jets, as he is nursing an ankle injury. Ryan has said he expects his starters to play approximately the first quarter.

Ryan is looking forward to the opportunity to see his team in live action.

“This is when the cream rises to the top. Guys you think look great on the practice field, they’re doing great, they’re doing great and you don’t see it on the game field. Some guys that maybe you’re not sure about, all of a sudden, elevate their play,” Ryan said. “That’s the exciting part about these games, when you see your young players, in particular, this first preseason game. It’s kind of weird, you see it the first and the last preseason game. Those are the ones that go a long way to see who makes your football team or not.”

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