After Sunday's slate of last-minute, game-winning drives, Monday night's game features the NFL's most dominant defensive player against a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.
- Why not start with the obvious? J.J. Watt almost single-handedly wrecked the Colts' top-ranked offense in the second half of last week's game. He turned a 24-0 first-quarter laugher into a nail-biter for Indianapolis. NFL fans have a chance to enjoy the exploits of a player who will go down in history as one of the all-time greats.
- Watt's excellence shouldn't overshadow Arian Foster's return to 2010-2012 form. Despite missing one game and being held to six yards in his first game back from a hamstring injury, Foster is behind only DeMarco Murray and Le'Veon Bell in rushing . Two of the NFL's top three backs will be squaring off on Monday night.
- The Steelers are instigating a youth movement this week. Second-round defensive end Stephon Tuitt will make his first start, with Cam Thomas moving inside to replace injured nose tackle Steve McLendon. Pittsburgh's scouting department graded Tuitt as a top-10 talent entering the 2014 NFL Draft. ESPN's Lisa Salters reports fourth-round wide receiver Martavis Bryant will see his first NFL action versus the Texans. The 6-foot-4 Bryant could replace Markus Wheaton or a struggling Justin Brown in red-zone packages.
- Texans No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowneyis inactive for the evening's contest. It was doubtful the pass rusher would play anyway, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, via a source close to the player. On the bright side, Clowney ran at close to full speed while testing the knee in pre-game drills. He's on track to play at Tennessee next week.