By: Joshua ReeseBy Joshua Reese

CBS Houston – When you find out that you will have to play without three-time defensive player of the year defensive end J.J. Watt, you’ll take anything positive that you can.

And there are very few good things you can say about having to play without Watt who’s started and played in 83 straight games, but there is one thing. The team actually does have experience in playing without him.

Of course, they didn’t plan for this scenario that they currently find themselves in. But Watt spent the whole preseason on the shelf rehabbing from surgery to repair a herniated disc.

“We were able to play as a defense without J.J. and we learned how to work together,” Devon Still said, “we have to take that same mindset into this week.”

During the preseason the Texans defense was very active getting sacks, interceptions and forcing fumbles.

“I think we played pretty good without (Watt),” Jadeveon Clowney said, “but that was preseason, this is the regular season, we’re getting everyone’s best right now.”

One does not necessarily equal one, but the defense did have to spend time making game plans that did not involve Watt, they also had to learn how to play without. They couldn’t just count on Watt to make a play, if they wanted to make plays, someone had to step up and more often than naught, they did.

It may not be a total silver lining but they at least have some practice even if it was just the preseason.


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