J.J. Watt Was Unblockable and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistDecember 17, 2012

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If you want to sum up the Houston Texans' 29-14 win over the Indianapolis Colts in one sentence, it would be, "J.J. Watt is awesome."

Today's article of the day comes from Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com, who says the Colts were ill-equipped to deal with Watt.

It's a nice piece, because it neatly sums up the plot from the perspective of both teams.

Houston's defense has been suspect in 2012, but the historic play of Watt has covered up the flaws of his teammates. His overall play against the pass and the run has hit a level unlike anything the league has ever seen.

Of course, the utter inability to block Watt is also the defining story from the Colts' perspective as well.

Andrew Luck has suffered under the weight of horrendous line play for weeks, but it all came to a head in Houston, Sunday, as the combination of Jeff Linkenbach and Mike McGlynn offered little resistance to the All-Pro tackle.

Watt poses an unsolvable problem for Indianapolis as the Colts simply don't have the skill on the offensive line necessary to slow his unrelenting rush.

Until the Colts can find away to keep Watt in check, they won't be able to play consistently with the Texans.


General Interest

Bleacher Report lead writers vote on the Pro Bowl. For the record, I voted for Matt Schaub at quarterback over Luck.

Scott Kacsmar of Cold Hard Football Facts says this is the best crop of young quarterbacks ever.

Jack Moore of Advanced NFL Stats looks at the effect of increased carries on effectiveness.

Chase Stuart of Football Perspective examines the effect of being shut out on the next game.


Houston Texans

J.J. Cooper of the Football Outsiders looks at the defensive player of the year watch.

Kuharsky of ESPN.com says the Texans need Johnathan Joseph at practice.

Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle has 10 things we learned about the Texans, Sunday.


Indianapolis Colts

Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star says Ryan Grigson defends the trade for Vontae Davis.

Reggie Hayes of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel gets Dwight Freeney to speak frankly about his future.

Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star says the Colts take responsibility for the loss.


Tennessee Titans

Kuharsky says the clock is ticking on Jake Locker.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean says only Bud Adams knows what will happen to Mike Munchak.

David Boclair of the City Paper thinks 2012 was one of the worst Titans' seasons ever.

Tom Gower of Total Titans does film work on Tennessee.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union says it keeps getting worse for the Jaguars. 

Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union says Chad Henne's old team beat him. 

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union says Cecil Shorts is closing in on 1,000 yards.