Stats & Info: J.J. Watt

Who is NFL's top defender?

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J.J. Watt, the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, is having another strong season. He has 9.5 sacks, he ranks second in the NFL with 22 tackles for loss and fourth with five batted-down passes. However, Watt will be challenged by a strong group of competitors for this year’s award, including a couple of Seahawks:

Richard Sherman, Seahawks CB
Sherman is tied for the league lead with six interceptions this season.

He leads a defense that has a league-high 22 interceptions, and holds opponents to a 32.4 Total QBR, lowest in the NFL. The Seahawks also allow a league-low 174.2 passing yards per game.

Sherman has played 729 of 817 snaps (89 percent), lined up as the cornerback on the defense's left side. Largely because of Sherman’s presence, opposing quarterbacks have been shut down throwing to the right (defense’s left) in Sherman’s area. The Seahawks defense has allowed a 52 percent completion percentage to the right (second best in league), and allowed a league-low 5.6 yards per attempt.

Robert Mathis, Colts DE
Mathis leads the NFL with 16.5 sacks this season, five more than his previous career high.

Last week against the Texans he set the Colts single-season record for sacks (16.5) and career record for sacks (108.0). He has forced fumbles on six of his sacks, tied for the most strip-sacks in the NFL.

Nine of his sacks this season have come when the opposing team has at least six offensive lineman in to block, 2.5 more than the next closest defender in the league. And it’s not as though the Colts are sending a lot of blitzes; Mathis leads the NFL with 11.5 sacks as part of a four-man pass rush.

Luke Kuechly, Panthers LB
Kuechly has 122 tackles this season, tied for fifth in the NFL (he led the NFL in his rookie season with 164 tackles).

Kuechly has been a tackling machine in the Panthers' biggest games, recording three of his four double-digit tackle games against the 49ers, Patriots and Saints this season.

He has been a driving force behind the league’s most improved defense, and perhaps best front seven. The Panthers allowed 22.7 points per game last season, 18th in the NFL.

They allow 14.9 points per game this season, second fewest in the NFL. And they are the only team in the NFL that ranks in the top five in rushing defense (84.9 yards per game) and passing defense (211.4 yards per game).

Robert Quinn, Rams DE
Quinn leads the NFC with 15.0 sacks this season.

He is two shy of Kevin Carter’s single-season team record (1999). He also leads the league with 24 tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles this season (six strip-sacks).

He is the best pass-rusher on a team with 52 sacks this season, tied with the Broncos for the most in the league.

His sacks also have been timely. Nine of them have been on third down, 2.5 more than anyone else in the NFL.

Earl Thomas, Seahawks FS
Thomas patrols the deep part of the field for the best secondary in the NFL. He has five interceptions this season, tied for fourth most in the NFL.

Thomas has intercepted a league-high three red zone passes this season. Opposing quarterbacks are completing only 35 percent of passes in the red zone against Seattle, the lowest rate in the league.

Thomas also flies all over the field. His 70 solo tackles are tied for fourth most in the NFL among safeties.

Top things to know: Texans at Chargers

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Brett Davis/US PresswireJ.J. Watt played 88% of the Texans defensive snaps in 2012, 6th best among all D-linemen.
The Houston Texans and San Diego Chargers finish Week 1 of the 2013 season with the second game of tonight's Monday Night Football doubleheader (10 ET/ESPN).

Here’s five stats Chris Berman and Trent Dilfer will be talking about during the game.

1. The Texans feature the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year in J.J. Watt, who had an incredible year dominating the line of scrimmage last season.

Among the amazing tidbits that can be taken from his stellar campaign is that he batted down 16 passes – more than 26 different TEAMS.

Watt finished last season with nearly twice as many batted passes as the next highest defender. However, Philip Rivers had just 4 of his passes batted down last season, fewer than 29 quarterbacks.

2. Philip Rivers has been the man under center for the Chargers since 2006. Things went well for the first four years (46-18 record), but the last three have seen a rapid decline (24-24).

In addition, since Rivers became the starter, he has the most fumbles in the NFL (64) and has been sacked 216 times, second highest in the league.

3. Since Arian Foster joined the Texans four seasons ago, his presence has translated into success in the play-action passing game for Matt Schaub.

The Texans QB ranks near the top of the league in many passing categories on play-action since the 2009 season. He’s second in yards per attempt (10.6) and TD passes (37), third in completion percentage (67.5) and fourth in Total QBR (88.1) in play-action passing.

4. During training camp, wide receiver Danario Alexander suffered a season-ending knee injury, leaving Rivers without one of his best deep threats.

Alexander represented a large portion of the offense generated by Chargers wide receivers last year, despite the fact that he only played in ten games.

5. The Texans are 8-2 in September in the last three seasons, and have won all three of their season openers over that time. The Chargers are 5-2 in season openers with Philip Rivers as the starting quarterback.

On Monday Night Football, Houston is 2-4 all-time, including 1-1 last season. The Chargers are 4-1 when opening their season on Monday Night Football.

Who will be named the NFL's best?

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Getty ImagesPeyton Manning and Adrian Peterson had seasons that were were statistically memorable.
On Saturday, the NFL will honor the top players of the 2012 season with a two-hour ceremony to crown its award winners. Let’s look at the key storylines for the most notable awards.

AP NFL MVP: Manning vs Peterson
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, the all-time leader in most AP NFL MVP awards, has a great chance to win his fifth.

After missing all of 2011 with a neck injury, Manning led the NFL with an 84.1 Total QBR in 2012, seven points better than Tom Brady, who finished second.

Since 2008 every player that finished the regular season with the highest Total QBR went on to win the MVP award.

The biggest improvement that Manning made to his game was his ability to connect on passes more than 20 yards downfield. His completion rate in 2008, 2009, and 2010 never exceeded 36 percent, but his 2012 rate of 46 percent trailed only Robert Griffin III for best in the NFL.

The one player who could deny Manning’s bid to be the third Broncos player to win (along with John Elway and Terrell Davis) is Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards, second-best in a single season in NFL history. He was the first rushing leader to average at least six yards per carry since Barry Sanders in 1997.

The wow stat on Peterson? He had 1,019 rushing yards after contact in 2012, 336 more than the player with the next-most (Doug Martin).

Defensive Player of the Year: Watt more could you ask for
The award is Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt’s to lose. Watt had 36 disrupted dropbacks (a number that combines sacks, passes defended, batted balls and interceptions). No other player had more than 23 this season. No one else has had more than 26 in a single season over the last three seasons.

Watt had 24 tackles for loss. That was more than any player in the league had sacks and tackles for loss combined except Von Miller.

Statistically speaking, Watt has the best numbers of any defensive linemen.

Among non-linemen, the player with the best stat-based case is Bears defensive back Charles Tillman.

Tillman led the NFL with 10 forced fumbles and tied for the lead in interceptions returned for touchdowns with three.

Tillman was the only player in the NFL this season with at least three interceptions, 10 passes defended, and five forced fumbles.

The Bears yielded 4.8 yards per play and allowed a touchdown every 47 plays in the 896 plays in which Tillman was on the field.

They allowed 5.9 yards per play and one touchdown every 24.6 plays in the 123 plays in which he was off the field.

Offensive Rookie of the Year: The Year of the QB
From 1957 to 2003, no quarterback won this award.

But if Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III or Russell Wilson wins, they would be the sixth quarterback to do so since 2004. With all due respect to Alfred Morris and Doug Martin, they are the most likely winners of this award.

What stat makes the best argument for each of the three?

In Luck’s case, it’s his ability to come up clutch. He had seven game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime this season, tied for the most by any player in a single season since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.

Griffin III led NFL rookies in Total QBR this season (71.4), a little better than both Wilson (69.6) and Luck (65.0).

He particularly excelled when teams sent heavy pass-pressure. His 96.8 Total QBR against five or more pass rushers was the best by any quarterback in the last five seasons.

Wilson set an NFL record for touchdown throws by a rookie (26). His plus-16 touchdown-interception differential was the best by a rookie in NFL history.

Wilson was terrific in the Seahawks late-season surge. His 84.1 Total QBR from Week 10 through season’s end was best in the NFL.

Foster continues playoff dominance

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Brett Davis/USA TODAY SportsArian Foster has had at least 100 rushing yards in each of his three career playoff games.
For the second straight season, the Houston Texans defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs. It’s the fourth time under the current playoff format (since 1990) that two teams met in the wild-card round two years in a row, and in each instance, the team that won the first game also won the second game.

Not much changed as far as Bengals postseason history is concerned. They still have never won a road playoff game (0-6) and they still have not won a playoff game since 1990. Since the last time the Bengals won a playoff game, every other NFL team has won at least one.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is now 0-4 in the playoffs. Jim E. Mora is the only coach with more postseason losses without a win (0-6).

Arian Foster, who finished with 140 rushing yards and the game’s lone offensive touchdown, is the first player in NFL history with at least 100 rushing yards in each of his first three career playoff games. His 425 rushing yards are the most ever in a player’s first three postseason games (according to the Elias Sports Bureau).

With the loss, the Bengals fall to 5-11 all-time in the postseason, the worst win percentage (.313) in NFL history.

The Texans are now 6-0 this season in games decided by eight points or fewer (including the postseason). They’re the only team this season that did not lose a game by eight points or fewer.

What went right for the Texans?

Foster finished with a career-high 40 touches, recording 174 yards from scrimmage. He became the second running back this season to record at least 140 rushing yards and 30 receiving yards in a game (Jamaal Charles in Week 3). Foster recorded 41 percent of Houston’s offense, his third-highest rate this season, and caught all of his season-high eight targets through the air.

The Texans sent at least five pass-rushers on 40 percent (14-of-35) of Andy Dalton’s drop-backs, compared to only 21 percent (10-of-47) in last year’s postseason matchup. The Texans were much more successful pressuring Dalton with extra rushers this time, putting him under duress or sacking him on six of 14 drop-backs, Dalton’s second-highest rate this season.

What went wrong for the Bengals?

They were 0-for-9 on third downs. But that shouldn’t be a surprise, as the Bengals ranked 27th in third-down percentage (34.1) during the regular season.

Bengals receivers were held to 38 yards after the catch Saturday. That’s the fewest yards after the catch for the Bengals in a game this season.

Bengals-Texans: What you need to know

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The Houston Texans will host the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday at 4:30 ET in the AFC Wild Card Playoffs.

Same game, different year
This is the 4th time under the current playoff format that teams are meeting in the Wild Card round in back-to-back seasons. In each of the previous three instances, the team that won the first game also won the second game.

It’s been a while
The Bengals’ last playoff win was a 41-14 victory over the Houston Oilers in the 1990 Wild Card Playoffs. They’ve lost 4 straight postseason games since then, each by at least 10 points. Every other current NFL franchise has won a playoff game since the Bengals last win.

Cincy road woes
The Bengals are 0-5 all-time on the road in the postseason, tied with the Saints (also 0-5) for the worst road record in NFL postseason history.

Rare company for Dalton
Andy Dalton will become the 4th quarterback in NFL history to start a road playoff game in each of his first two seasons. He joins Mark Sanchez, Joe Flacco and Shaun King.

Schaub likes the Bengals
Matt Schaub is 2-0 in 2 career starts against the Bengals with 7 touchdowns and a single interception. Of the 16 teams he has faced more than once since 2008, Schaub’s Total QBR of 89.4 against the Bengals is his best against any team.

Foster seeing red
Arian Foster has the most red zone rush attempts (74) and touchdowns (15) in the NFL this season. The Bengals defense has allowed 3.3 rush yards per attempt in the red zone this season, the third-most in the league.

Tip drill
The Texans batted or tipped 37 passes this season, with 16 coming from J.J. Watt (both best in NFL). Andy Dalton has had 32 passes batted or tipped since entering the NFL (third most), including five in two games against the Texans last season, one of which was returned for a touchdown by Watt.

Green likes play action
A.J. Green has four touchdown catches this season on play-action passes, tied for third-most in the league. Andy Dalton has not thrown a touchdown pass to any other receiver out of play action this season.

Week 17: One for the record books

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While Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson have commanded most of the attention to this point, they are not the only NFL players attempting to put a stamp on the record books in Week 17. In fact, there are several records that are much more likely to fall, both on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

Sacks: After sacks became official in 1982, Mark Gastineau established the standard with 22 in 1984. That mark stood until 2001 when New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan broke through for 22.5. Two different players enter Week 17 with a chance to take down Strahan’s record – J.J. Watt of the Houston Texas and the San Francisco 49ers’ Aldon Smith.
Watt leads the NFL with 20.5 sacks this season and needs two sacks to tie Strahan, a number he has hit in six of 15 games played this season. Statistically, his Week 17 opponent should provide him the opportunity, as he’s facing an Indianapolis Colts team against whom he registered three sacks – tied for his most in any individual game this season – in Week 15.

Watt has also disrupted a league-high 35.5 dropbacks this season, the most in the NFL over the last three seasons. Working in his favor is the fact Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has had 135 dropbacks disrupted this season, 26 more than the next-closest quarterback.

Smith, meanwhile, remains at 19.5 sacks after failing to record a sack in either of his last two weeks. Smith needs three sacks to tie Strahan’s mark, something he’s done only once in a game this season (five and a half sacks against the Chicago Bears in Week 11). He registered two sacks against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 8, and working in his favor is the fact that the Cardinals have given up more sacks this season than any team in the NFL (56).

And while he may not end up with the record, no player in the last three seasons has had more success with the standard pass rush – four or fewer rushers – than Smith, who has recorded all 19.5 sacks this way, four more than Jared Allen compiled last season.

Touchdown passes by rookie: While Luck and Robert Griffin III have received the publicity, Russell Wilson is the one who needs a single touchdown pass to tie Peyton Manning’s rookie record of 26 touchdowns set in 1998. Wilson currently stands four touchdown passes ahead of both Luck this season and Cam Newton last season, and his 25 touchdown passes ranks ninth in the NFL this season overall.

Perhaps no quarterback has been as effective as Wilson over the last nine weeks, considering his Total QBR of 88.7 ranks first over that span, while he has also compiled a plus-14 touchdown-to-interception differential since the start of Week 8, second in the NFL to Tom Brady (+15). It’s not all roses, though – Wilson produced a season-low 16.8 Total QBR against the St. Louis Rams in Week 4, including three interceptions and no touchdowns.

Pass attempts: Barring an injury or an extreme shift in play calling, Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions will break Drew Bledsoe’s record for most pass attempts in a single season. Entering Week 17, Stafford needs to throw the ball just seven times to pass Bledsoe, who recorded 691 attempts for the New England Patriots in 1994.

What2Watch4: Brady's release vs Texans D

December, 10, 2012
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AP Photo/Julio CortezTom Brady is very quick when it comes to sensing and beating pass pressure.
With 9:26 remaining in the second quarter of their Week 13 game, the New England Patriots were on the Miami Dolphins 7-yard line. Brady lined up in shotgun with Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd to his right. Eight Dolphins defenders were moving around the line of scrimmage, indicating they might blitz.

Brady appeared to notice this, signaled to his receivers and then called for the snap. He hit Welker on a quick screen while the Dolphins sent seven pass rushers. They never stood a chance of getting to Brady because in 1.2 seconds he had thrown to Welker, who ran untouched into the end zone.

This is what Brady has done all year when facing added pressure. He gets the ball out of his hand before the blitz can get to him.

Brady has a 90.7 Total QBR when defenses send five or more pass rushers this season, second only to Robert Griffin III. Brady has thrown 15 touchdowns and has the most pass attempts (114) without an interception against extra pass rushers.

Why has Brady been so successful against the added pressure?

Let’s take a closer look.


Brady releases the ball against five or more pass rushers an average of 2.63 seconds after the snap, the fastest of any starting quarterback in the NFL.

Because of this, he has been sacked or under duress on 14 percent of dropbacks against extra pass rushers (or about one every seven dropbacks), the lowest rate in the league.

Sending added pressure is an important part of the Houston Texans’ defensive scheme.

Houston has sent five or more rushers on 44 percent of opponent dropbacks, the highest rate in the NFL. But they don’t necessarily need to sack Brady to disrupt New England’s quick passing game.

The Texans have batted 25 balls at the line of scrimmage this year, by far the most in the NFL and already more than any other defense in the last four seasons. J.J. Watt has batted or tipped 15 passes, five of which were intercepted by teammates.

To add perspective, the next closest team in the NFL entered the week with only three interceptions resulting from a tipped pass.

Brady and the Patriots are well aware of the Texans’ propensity to disrupt passes at the line of scrimmage.

“Coach Belichick likes to bring guys with racquetball paddles and stick those up in the air,” Brady said at his press conference on Wednesday.

"It’s like throwing over this wall. It’s hard. You just have to try to find an area. We played other big d-lines before, tall guys that are rangy and are really instinctive – the Giants did a great job of that last year –- and this is another team that really challenges you to do that.”

It will be difficult to deal with the Texans’ extra pass rushers, but as long as Brady finds passing lanes and throws the ball quickly, the Texans will have a very hard time slowing down the potent Patriots passing game.

Better defensive front 7: Texans or Bears?

November, 8, 2012
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This is the latest installment of a weekly NFL discussion that takes a closer look at one of the week’s hot topics. Today’s discussion focuses on whether the Houston Texans or Chicago Bears have the better defensive front seven.

TEXANS HAVE THE BETTER DEFENSIVE FRONT SEVEN

The Texans boast a league-leading 18.0 Total QBR allowed and have the best defensive front seven in the NFL. While there’s no arguing the Bears’ ferocity with the second-ranked Total QBR defense, there’s also no denying the unstoppable J.J. Watt.

At the season’s midpoint, the Texans star is leading candidate for Defensive Player of the Year. Watt ranks third in the NFL with 8.5 tackles for loss. Brian Urlacher and Major Wright are Chicago’s top two in TFL and combined don’t equal that, not to mention Wright plays in the secondary. Watt is the league’s co-leader with six batted passes and nine total passes defended, tied with three cornerbacks. The icing on the cake is Watt’s outright lead with 10.5 sacks.

It isn’t just Watt however; if you include all defensive linemen and linebackers, the Texans lead the NFL with 16 batted passes and 22 total passes defended.

The Texans are the NFL’s most aggressive pressure unit, as they send five or more pass rushers on 44.9 percent of opponent dropbacks. They rely heavily on the front seven to do so, as that fifth member is a defensive back only 21.7 percent of the time. The Bears use a member of the secondary to help with added pressure more than twice that at 42.5 percent of dropbacks.

--Dan Riccio

BEARS HAVE THE BETTER DEFENSIVE FRONT SEVEN

The Bears’ dominant front seven is not really a front seven because they can rotate so many impact pass rushers on their line. Seven of Chicago’s defensive linemen have combined for 23 of the Bears’ sacks, second-most by a defensive line in the NFL.

The Bears have 21 sacks, all by defensive linemen, when they send four or fewer pass rushers, tied for most in the NFL. The defensive line’s ability to get to the quarterback with standard pressure allows their athletic linebackers to drop into coverage and make plays. Bears linebackers are second in the league in defended passes (11) and fourth in interceptions (3). All three picks were returned for touchdowns.

Even better, the Bears’ front seven step up on third down. Overall, opponents have converted only 33 percent of third downs against the Bears, the fourth-best rate in the NFL. The Bears have an NFL-leading 12 sacks by front seven players on third downs and have sacked, hit or put quarterbacks under duress on 33 percent of third downs, the fifth-highest rate in the league. As a result, quarterbacks have a 9.1 QBR on third down against the Bears, second-lowest in the NFL.

The Texans may have Watt, but the Bears’ front seven is deeper, allowing defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to rotate fresh pass rushers and drop more players into coverage where they can exploit quarterback mistakes. Those mistakes usually lead to six points for the Bears.

--Mike Bonzagni

Watt's impact goes beyond batted passes

October, 24, 2012
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George Bridges/Getty ImagesWith J.J. Watt on the field, teams have struggled to run or pass against the Texans this season.
How dominant has J.J. Watt been this season?

To say that Watt is the best defensive player in the league based on his league-leading 9.5 sacks from the 3-4 defensive end position is underselling him. Watt has had an elite-level impact on the Houston Texans defense in both the passing and running game.

Watt has disrupted nine passes this season (six passes defended and three tipped interceptions to teammates), one behind Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings for the league lead. The rest of the top 16 players in the category are defensive backs.

Watt also has taken down quarterbacks better than anyone else this season. Combine that with his ability to knock down passes, and it’s clear how much of an impact Watt has had on the opposition’s passing game.

Watt’s 9.5 sacks plus his nine passes disrupted gives him 19 plays where he has single-handedly ruined what the offense has tried to do. The next-closest player is Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons (11), and Watt has more than three times as many as the closest 3-4 defensive end (Arizona CardinalsCalais Campbell, who has six). More than seven percent of all dropbacks the Texans have faced this season were disrupted by Watt.

It’s not just the passing game. Watt has made a significant impact on the running game as well, both through individual plays and his effect on the unit overall.

Watt has recorded 7.5 tackles for loss this season, tied with the Tampa Bay BuccaneersLavonte David for the league lead. David is the weak-side linebacker in the Buccaneers’ 4-3 defensive scheme, a position far more conducive to disrupting runs in the backfield than Watt’s 3-4 end spot. No other Texans defensive lineman has a tackle for loss this season.

Another way to examine what Watt’s presence means is to look at what happens when he’s not out there. The Texans are allowing 3.7 yards per rush on 117 attempts with Watt on the field this season, compared to 4.5 yards per rush on 32 attempts with him off the field. Watt’s presence is enough to turn the Texans’ rush defense statistically from the Cleveland Browns (4.5 yards per rush, 25th in the league) to the Seattle Seahawks (3.7 yards per rush, fifth in the league).

Eight times this season a quarterback has had at least 30 action plays and a Total QBR under 5.0. It’s no accident that three of those eight games came against the Texans, the only defense on the list multiple times. Any discussion of why the unit has been so successful this year begins with Watt, the early favorite for Defensive Player of the Year.

Watt, Texans look to pressure Sanchez

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Thomas B. Shea/Getty ImagesJ.J. Watt and the Texans defense face the New York Jets, who only have two offensive touchdowns in the last three weeks.
Monday Night Football (8:30 ET, ESPN) pits the unbeaten Houston Texans, who rank first in the NFL in total defense and scoring defense, against the New York Jets.

The last time they took the field, the Jets gained just 145 yards in a 34-0 home loss against the San Francisco 49ers.

The Jets had four offensive touchdowns in their Week 1 win against the Buffalo Bills, but the offense has found the end zone just two times in three games since then.

Mark Sanchez is the first quarterback since Trent Dilfer in 1996 to complete less than half his passes in three of his team’s first four games (min. 25 attempts per game). He has a 36.5 Total QBR this season, fifth-worst among qualified passers.

Sanchez has either underthrown or overthrown a receiver 35 times this season, or 27.3 percent of his passing attempts. No quarterback has had a higher percentage of passes fall incomplete due to an off-target throw this season.

The Jets lack of success at quarterback plays into the hands of the Texans’ defense. Houston is allowing only 6.0 yards per pass attempt this season, tied for second-lowest in the NFL. Opposing quarterbacks have posted an NFL-low 12.5 QBR against the Texans.

Houston’s defense is led by J.J. Watt, who is the second player since sacks became official in 1982 to have at least 1.5 sacks in each of his team’s first four games. The other was Kevin Greene for the 1998 Carolina Panthers.

Watt has picked up 6.5 of his league-leading 7.5 sacks in situations when the Texans sent four or fewer rushers. Even with most of the league playing one more game, that’s the most sacks without pressure in the NFL this season.

Houston’s offense could also pose problems for the Jets. The Texans are the only team in the NFL that drops back to pass on fewer than half its snaps. The Jets have struggled defending the run, allowing an average of 2.6 yards per rush after first contact this season, the second-highest rate in the NFL.

The Texans will be looking to turn around a couple of negative trends in this game.

The Jets are one of five teams that Houston hasn’t beaten since entering the league in 2002. The Texans’ 0-5 record against the Jets is tied for their most losses without a win against any opponent – they also have lost all five games against the Baltimore Ravens.

Houston is 1-3 all-time on Monday Night Football, the worst winning percentage on the program. They have lost three straight Monday Night games since beating the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2008.

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