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12-24-2012, 01:03 PM
ReFo: Vikings @ Texans, Week 16
Ben Stockwell | 2012/12/24 (https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/12/24/refo-vikings-texans-week-16/)

Houston – Three Performances of Note

Good But Not Good Enough

Houston was delivered a swift blow by the Vikings on just their second offensive snap, and, though the Texans’ run defense was solid for much of the game, it was the occasional uppercut like this that ensured the defense simply couldn’t match their counterparts in purple. The defense was flooding to the point of attack on every running play, but when Peterson found a path through or around the flood the dam was broken and the pressure released. Unlike the Vikings’ defense, the Texans’ simply couldn’t keep the opposing running game bottled up all day long. At safety, Glover Quin (+4.5) was a crucial cog in the defense this week as Christian Ponder and the Vikings’ offensive line seemed to struggle to locate him when he came up as a box safety, which saw him record five defensive stops on his 19 snaps in run defense up at the line. He wasn’t alone, however, with Antonio Smith (+6.6) atoning for his dreadful display of run defense in New England with a stunning performance. However, it wasn’t good enough, as players like Connor Barwin (-3.8) and Darryl Sharpton (-3.8) made mistakes that let the pressure off, and meant the Texans consistently had to start the hard work over again.

Consistent But No Spark for Johnson

The Texans’ problem on offense was mirrored on defense, where Andre Johnson (+1.3) impressed in the passing game but simply couldn’t come up with that one play to take the top off of the Minnesota defense. The Texans had a pair of plays that were agonizing close to going for bigger gains, but it was Johnson’s trio of 19 yarders that were Houston’s longest of the game. With seven receptions for 97 yards against a plethora of defenders, this was a strong day for the ever impressive No. 1 receiver, but with a completely stifled and shut down ground game it wasn’t enough. The lack of a second option in the Houston passing game, ever a sore subject and area of need, came back to bite the Texans once again. DeVier Posey (-1.7) was targeted five times but brought in only one catch for 6 yards, while Owen Daniels could muster only three receptions on seven targets. For a team that entered the season with so much promise of hidden gems at the receiver position, this was the game where one of those players needed to stand up and make a difference, but, as ever, the Texans were found wanting in terms of their depth in the passing game.

Watt Rolls On

This was likely to be one of Watt’s tougher games of the season, up against an offensive line that, whilE perhaps unimpressive on paper in terms of the names on the depth chart, has been one of the best in the league as a unit. However, Watt made it clear that this week would be no different than the rest of his dominant season, as he turned in another exceptional display (+5.3) that sees his eye-watering season grade climb to an astonishing +92.8, a previously unimagined grade for a player at this position. Watt registered another four pressures this week (1 Sk, 1 Ht, 2 Hu) and added a further two stops in run defense, but was held without a batted pass for the third straight week. Watt has recorded four or more pressures 10 times this season, and if he can replicate the +7.7 grade he earned last week against the Colts in Indianapolis next Sunday, he will become the first player in PFF history to earn a +100 season grade. With the Texans now in a must win situation you can expect Watt to be firing on all cylinders to ensure the Colts’ offense never gets on track.