The Texans rank first in so many categories; to save space, just go to their page at Pro Football Reference. So far, they have fattened up their stats on a couple of crews destined for their respective division cellars.
The defense might continue in this manner depending on which version of Peyton Manning turns up in Denver this Sunday.
If Manning has to throw over the outstretched fingertips of J.J. Watt, then we might see even more floaters than Peyton threw against the Falcons. The tipped passes Watt has amassed total five in the box score, with at least two more unaccounted for.
All the attention Watt is receiving has overshadowed some excellent work by Antonio Smith on the other side of the line. The line has been so good that it has left the linebackers without a lot to do. When you are limiting the opposition to less than 200 yards per game, who can complain?
The pass rush has been so intense that Kareem Jackson ranks ahead of Johnathan Joseph in the cornerback rankings at Pro Football Focus. Going back to his rookie year in 2010, did anyone ever think this day would come? Nothing demonstrates their dominance more than his rise to this status.
Some other observations about the defense:
Connor Barwin has yet to record a sack, but the year is young. He needs to get off the schneid if he wants the big contract or even the franchise tag.
Whitney Mercilus has yet to show much at OLB, but he's earning his keep on special teams. His learning curve is difficult to judge at this point, but as a No. 1 pick, he'll get the benefit of the doubt.
Brian Cushing has not been practicing much, and you have to wonder if his aching ribs are still a bit tender. His play on game day has not suffered so far.