Packers vs Texans: J.J. Watt Will Further Expose Pack's Poor Pass Protection

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 13, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets runs the ball against J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Aaron Rodgers, meet J.J. Watt. You'll likely be seeing a lot of him on Sunday night. Watt has emerged as one of the premier pass-rushers in the NFL this season. He has 7.5 sacks, which is second only to a man who'll also be in action on Sunday Night Football, Clay Matthews. 

Watt figures to have less to contend with on his path to the quarterback. Rodgers hasn't been receiving the type of protection he's accustomed to.

The reigning NFL MVP has been dumped 21 times this season. That comes to an average of over four times per game. He was sacked 36 times in 2011, but at his current pace he'll go down over 60 times this season.

Watt is just the man to add to that total. 

Matthews has been equally or more dominant than Watt, but he'll face an O-Line that has been playing at a higher level than the Packers' group.

Matt Schaub has only been sacked three times all year. Part of that is because the Texans' line is really good in pass protection. Another reason Schaub has stayed relatively clean is because they are even better in run support.

This unit paves the way for all-world back Arian Foster, and his success creates tons of balance for the Texans offense. Passing for 1,144 yards and rushing for 715 as a team has kept opponents guessing, and that is part of the reason the Texans are 5-0.

Rodgers hasn't had that luxury. The Packers continue to struggle to find a consistent running game, and now Cedric Benson is on the injured reserve recall list, per CBS Sports.

The Pack have only rushed for 484 yards this season, and the prospects of an explosion in Houston are unlikely. Watt will wreak more havoc in this game, and likely move ahead of Matthews in sacks.

The Texans will win as a disappointing Packers' season gets even worse. 

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