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What's the best way to defeat any quarterback in the NFL, regardless of how talented they are?
Oh yeah, that's right, just knock 'em on the ground at every possible opportunity.
The Texans, however, have been struggling with their pass rush so far this season. Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed have not been generating as much pressure as they were last season, and they failed to consistently impact games for the Texans.
J.J. Watt, however, has been completely dominant. If opposing offenses decided not to double and triple team him, his sack numbers would be incredibly high. Even against double and triple teams, though, Watt still manages to rack up sacks. He currently has 16.5 on the season, more than any Texans pass-rusher form last year.
Whitney Mercilus, also, has been playing surprisingly well in his rookie season. Mercilus was drafted to take part of a three-man rotation at outside linebacker with Barwin and Reed, but for the majority of the season, Mercilus was given very little playing time.
The young pass-rusher, however, has been given an opportunity to shine after Reed suffered an injury, and he has been putting up great numbers. Although he has only started two games, Mercilus has six sacks on the season.
His performance will be key in holding Luck in check.
If Mercilus and Watt are able to play to the best of their abilities, then the Colts offense will be in serious trouble.