Jets' injury denies us Revis-Johnson matchup

October, 3, 2012
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When Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis tore his knee in a Week 3 overtime win at Miami, it meant we were denied a marvelous matchup on Monday Night Football.

Hardly anyone in the NFL would try to cover Houston receiver Andre Johnson one-on-one.

Were Revis playing for the Jets at Met Life Stadium Monday, he’d be doing just that.

“Let’s face it, Andre Johnson is as good as it gets in this league as a receiver,” Jets coach Rex Ryan told Houston reporters on a conference call Wednesday. “But we would actually put Revis out there by himself and, not saying not to worry about it, but a lot of straight man-coverage against him and bet you we’re the only team in the league that would do that.”

Without Revis, Kyle Wilson steps into the lineup. He and Antonio Cromartie will be charged with slowing Johnson, but they’re sure to get help from one of three safeties -- LaRon Landry, Yeremiah Bell or Eric Smith.

It’s a shame we won’t see the matchup of two premiere guys. But the Texans won’t be sad to miss Revis, especially a year after they were the team missing key pieces for so many matchups.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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