10/11/2012 04:42 pm ET

How The NFL's Best Defensive Lineman Is Changing The Way The Game Is Played

The star of Monday night's Texans-Jets game was unquestionably J.J. Watt, Houston's defensive end. Against the Jets, Watt had six tackles, one sack, and three passes defended. Overall this season, he's tallied 20 tackles, eight-and-a-half sacks, two fumble recoveries, and eight passes defended. Those first three stats suggest that he's a very good defensive player; the last one says he's a freak. He's a reminder that football innovates in the trenches, too.

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