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12-31-2012, 01:58 PM
Note that J.J. Watt has earned the highest grade PFF has ever given a player for a season, by a wide margin. His overall grade for 2012 is 101.7. I'm sure there will be a follow up on his amazing year.

ReFo: Texans @ Colts, Week 17 (https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/12/30/refo-texans-colts-week-17/)
Khaled Elsayed | 2012/12/30

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Houston Ė Three Performances of Note

In Schaub do you Trust?

We all know what the Texans can do: they run the ball well and they use that to set up play action. But teams seemed to have figured it out a bit more, and itís leading to some mistakes from Matt Schaub (-0.2) who was guilty of forcing the ball on more than one occasion.

His second interception was a throw that was never really on, and what is telling is he was guilty on the prior play of targeting Andre Johnson who was blanketed in coverage. Schaub could have paid dearly then, and moments later would as he turned it over with the Texans in scoring range. His other interception came on a deep ball that left Schaub with stats of four deep balls attempted with zero completions and two picks.

Heíll need to pick it up in the playoffs.

Wonderful Watt

There is something wrong with the world when people can say that J.J. Watt (+8.9) is slowing down. Looking past his four tackles for a loss for a moment, he created havoc once again with his pass rushing even if it didnít result in a sack.

Watch what he does with 14:18 to go in the second quarter, dipping his shoulder on left tackle Anthony Castonzo and turning the corner, forcing a throwaway. That was indicative of the kind of game he had, and when you factor in that three of his tackles for a loss were at least 3 yards in the backfield, you should understand heís only strengthened his case for Defensive Player of the Year after this one.

Edge Woes

Itís the big elephant in the room regarding the Texans. None of their outside linebackers are getting much pressure. Whitney Mercilus (-5.3) got nothing, and Connor Barwin was able to pick up only two hits (one was called back on a flag he drew for being held). This was despite them combining for 62 pass rushes.

Ouch.

Mercilus was particularly quiet, and early hopes that he might prove an upgrade on Brooks Reed have quickly been dismissed. His partner in crime, Barwin, was more active, but a couple of silly penalties added to a grade that already wasnít looking too pretty.
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Game Notes
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- Matt Schaub was pressured on seven drop-backs and took four sacks. Andrew Luck was pressured on nine and took just the one sack, but completed only 25% of his pressured passes.

- J.J. Watt picked up a tackle for a loss on 14.8% of all the running plays he was involved in.
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