The New England Patriots' Week 13 opponent, the Houston Texans, just got dealt a major blow after Sunday's comeback win over the Oakland Raiders. Superstar defensive lineman J.J. Watt tweeted after the game that he's done for the season, reportedly due to a pectoral tear:
This game can be beautiful and it can also be brutal. Absolutely gutted that I won’t be able to finish the season with my guys and give the fans what they deserve. I truly love this game and can’t stand letting you guys down. Thank you for all of the thoughts & well-wishes.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 28, 2019
That makes the Patriots' trip to Houston in December very interesting. The pass rush drops off significantly without the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year coming off the edge:
J.J. Watt is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle.— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) October 28, 2019
Since 2016, the @HoustonTexans have a 20-12 record and average 2.53 sacks per game when Watt plays, compared to a 9-15 record and 1.75 sacks per game when he doesn't.
In six regular-season meetings with the Patriots in his career, Watt has registered no sacks and 22 total tackles, according to Pro Football Reference.
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