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Green Bay loves to throw quick-hitters, but Watt's reach will make that difficult.
After Watt batted down Mark Sanchez's pass on the final play of last Monday's game, ESPN cameras caught him clearly saying, "You can't try to throw it over my head."
Well, he's right.
The 6'5", 290-pound Watt has a 82 1/2" wingspan and a 37" vertical. Seriously. The guy not only has the Energizer Bunny's motor, he's an athletic freak.
Last year in the playoffs, Watt read a pass, stepped back and intercepted Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. Quarterbacks always need to be mindful of defensive linemen batting the ball down at the line of scrimmage, but most 300-pound athletes aren't capable of snatching the ball out of mid air and taking it to the end zone.
Rodgers will certainly know where Watt is lined up at all times, and he'll have to think twice about making similar quick-hitting throws on three-step drops. The Packers often try to use short passing routes to compensate for their mediocre running game.
Look for the Packers to try to use Watt's aggressiveness against him by mixing in some screens, draws and perhaps a shovel pass or two to move the ball on early downs. But if Rodgers and the Packers aren't careful, they will fall to 2-4, and the Texans will remain unbeaten.