The Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens have become the face of rough, hard-nosed defenses amid the ever-growing popularity of high-powered offenses that threaten to score from all areas of the field. And each has quarterbacks completely capable of putting up points, but both heavily rely on their stifling defensive units. That’s where the Houston Texans can separate themselves from the pack with a top-rated defense and signal-caller.
Few expect the team to make a run in the playoffs, but their defense has proven it can be just as dominant as any other. The darkhorse unit enters the postseason needing to beat prolific offenses to advance, and the first test is a familiar opponent in PFF’s Comeback Player of the Year: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
The Texans are one of two teams to have four defensive players who have 900-plus snaps and an 80.0-plus overall grade (the other being the Bears). That alone proves the sheer talent they have on that side of the ball, with J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, Kareem Jackson and Benardrick McKinney all hitting the mark. Having already played the Colts twice in the regular season (splitting the series), Clowney and Watt know exactly what they’re up against in PFF’s third-ranked offensive line.
The duo has previously terrorized the Colts’ front, notching 24 of the Texans’ 34…