No matter what the New York Jets plan to do with Tim Tebow on Monday night, the key to beating the Houston Texans is stopping J.J. Watt.
Watt is one of a handful of defensive players who can dictate the flow of a game and single-handedly decide the outcome. He's quickly become the focal point of opposing offenses and will give the right side of New York's line all it can handle.
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ProFootballFocus awarded Watt a +28.7 grade, twice as high as Calais Campbell, their second-ranked 3-4 end. Watt's compiled 17 combined sacks, hits and hurries in just four games. New York can tease us with Tebow, or roll with the vanilla scheme we've become familiar with during their 2-2 start. This one comes down to putting a body on Houston's walking terror.
If this contest wanders out of control early, Watt will be the reason.