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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Watt using blowout as learning tool

By Field Yates

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Texans defensive end J.J. Watt hopes to lead his team to a better effort than what it showed back in Week 14 when the Patriots handily defeated Houston 42-14.

He said on a conference call Wednesday that he’s happy that his team gets a rematch with the Patriots.

“Of course,” he said. “I mean, nobody likes playing like that on national television in front of the whole country. You don’t like to put on a showing like we put on last time and we’re really excited about another opportunity to go up there. [It’s] a very tough place to play, obviously a great football team and if you want to win a Super Bowl in this league you have to go through some very, very good football teams and the Patriots are a very, very good football team.”

And while the Week 14 drubbing was likely a difficult result to live with, Watt has used the game as a learning tool.

“I mean, you can learn a lot,” he said of watching that film. “You look at formations, tendencies, personnel, everything. You look at the whole big picture, you look at small things, you look at individual players, you look at just about everything and then you try to find ways to use it. Then you also look at what they’ve done since you’ve played them because obviously no team stays the same. You see what they do differently now and you try to figure out what they’re going to do this time.”