Texans display variety in air
HOUSTON — With their third starting quarterback this season, the Texans knew they'd need new wrinkles in their offense to beat the Jets.
T.J. Yates got help in the passing game from receiver Cecil Shorts, who threw a touchdown pass to help Houston beat the Jets.
Yates tossed two scores to DeAndre Hopkins, who had 118 yards receiving, and running back Alfred Blue caught the pass from Shorts to break a 10-10 tie.
"To be able to move this ball effectively against this Jets defense, we were going to have to give them something that we hadn't shown, and I thought we did a good job of that," coach Bill O'Brien said.
Houston has won three in a row for the first time since 2012. Yates — in his first start since Jan. 15, 2012, in the playoffs for Houston — was signed Oct. 28 after Ryan Mallett was released.
O'Brien said injured Brian Hoyer would be the starter when he returned healthy.