J.J. Watt is an absolutely fantastic player, nobody in the entire World could doubt that.
But the Houston Texans star is going through something of a slump in recent weeks, which was compounded during the Texans' 27-20 loss to AFC South rivals, the Indianapolis Colts.
In a game that Houston desperately needed to win, Watt was absolutely nowhere to be seen. The All-Pro defensive end and former MVP candidate did not trouble the box-score at all on Thursday Night Football.
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For the second time in three games, Watt was held without a sack; and he did very little else either against an Andrew Luck-less Colts team.
It was as quiet a game as the NFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year has had in a very long time. Watt recorded no tackles for losses, no solo tackles period, no passes defended, and only one quarterback hit. An awful game for him.
And Watt has still yet to force a fumble, never mind make an interception, during the entire 2015 season. To compound his misery, Watt was also penalized for a late hit on backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who was able to pick apart the Texans' secondary with no worry whatsoever, thanks to shoddy coverage skills.
The Texans now find themselves with a 1-4 record and all but out of a race for the playoffs after just week five of the season.
This really shouldn't be happening to a team including guys like Watt, new signing Vince Wilfork, and a fit again Jadeveon Clowney. The Houston defense needs to step up drastically over the next few weeks to even make this a respectable campaign.
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