INDIANAPOLIS - The Colts have a major challenge Sunday night: keeping the Texans and defensive end J.J. Watt away from franchise quarterback Andrew Luck.
Watt, the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, sacked Luck three times in Houston's win over the Colts last December. In two games against the Texans last season, Luck was sacked six times.
This season, Watt has 4 1/2 sacks and anchors a unit that ranks No. 1 in total defense and No. 1 in yards allowed passing.
Watt also has a difficult task. Luck, one of the league's most athletic quarterbacks, has been sacked just 15 times in seven games and has rushed for 183 yards and three touchdowns. His elusiveness has given his speedy receivers, especially T.Y. Hilton, more chances to make big plays.