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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - J.J. Watt
With 36½ sacks over his first three seasons, plus five more over four playoff games, Houston defensive end J.J. Watt has quickly become one of the NFL's premier pass rushers.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak is back after recovering from a mini-stroke, and he can't wait to coach his team on Sunday against Oakland.
"I hope we keep it here and keep it here for a long time," Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph said after winning Pro Bowl MVP in a 62-35 win over the AFC on Sunday.
Just before the season, Houston defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was asked what he wanted from his defense in 2012 after the unit made a remarkable turnaround to finish second in the NFL in yards allowed last season.
It's been a terrific half-season for Matt Ryan, Marshawn Lynch, J.J. Watt and Charles Tillman.
Houston defensive coordinator Wade Phillips says his renovation of the Texans' defense begins with the draft.
Defensive end J.J. Watt will leave Wisconsin early to enter the NFL draft.
"It was definitely sloppy. There was a lot of turnovers because of the weather," said Houston defensive end J.J. Watt, who was a captain on Sanders' team. "There was a lot of rain, so obviously that factored into it."
"There's always a certain amount of pride that comes along with being a captain and also picking sides. You want to win," said Houston defensive end J.J. Watt, a captain for Sanders' team who lined up as a wide receiver in last year's all-star game.