The most talked-about player on the Houston Texans is J.J. Watt, and he is once again the focal point of attention leading up to a Texans game against the New England Patriots. Although Watt managed to hit Tom Brady four or five times in Week 14, the fumble he forced led to a touchdown and he never made a true game-changing play in that game. I mean, Watt never recorded a sack or had a hand in a turnover. He played a great game, but the Patriots did an excellent job keeping him in check.
It’s going to be tough to repeat the same task, but the Patriots have a very good idea of how the Texans align Watt and what to expect from him. This knowledge is even more entrenched in the minds of the Patriots organization after facing off against him last time out. Sebastian Vollmer and the right side of the line did a solid job containing him, because it is impossible to keep him from getting to the quarterback. However, the Pats showed that it isn’t impossible to stop him from making a disruptive play.
Tom Brady shared some of his thoughts on Watt and once again went out of his way to praise the easy Defensive Player of the Year selection, “He’s an incredible player. You have to know where he’s at on every single play because he’s so disruptive with tackles for loss and his penetration of the backfield. He gets to the quarterback, led the league in sacks. He’s as good as anyone playing the game.”
Watt currently has a whopping 117 “successful” plays, 23 sacks, eight passes defended, nearly 90 tackles, four fumbles forced, a ridiculous 41 tackles for loss, and a hefty 45 quarterback hits. It’s remarkable to think that the Patriots held him sack-less, and it will be interesting to see if they can do it again.
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