Houston star defensive end J.J. Watt commands plenty of attention, and rightfully so. The reigning NFL defensive player of the year just posted his second consecutive 17 1/2 -sack season.
But Watt isn’t the only pass rusher the Texans have, as outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus has quietly been a force as well, racking up 12 sacks on his own.
In a 30-6 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, the two combined for 6 1/2 of the Jaguars’ eight sacks.
“He is playing really good as of late,” Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said. “They get a lot of one-on-ones up there, and those guys are winning. They are getting a good push. Like I said, they are disruptive, they are getting home and getting a lot of good hits on the quarterback and tackles in the back field and things like that. They wear you down.”
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Chiefs coach Andy Reid agreed.
“I think he is playing real good football, both in the run and the pass game,” Reid said. “He has a nice combination in the pass game, uses his hands well, has good quickness and speed, plays with good leverage.”