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What Does the J.J. Watt Injury Mean For the Colts?

There have been multiple reports about the Indianapolis Colts not having the personnel capable of keeping star quarterback Andrew Luck upright during football games. As of last night, they received a break.

According to sources, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt will be placed on injured reserve after reinjuring his back once again. Watt missed the majority of training camp due to recovering from back surgery that was performed after the 2015 season.

With Watt being out for the remainder of the season, the AFC South should belong to the Colts. The Colts offensive line would be at a significant disadvantage if they had to go up against a healthy J.J. Watt. Even though the Colts should dominate the AFC South, they still have to take care of business against opponents such as the Chiefs, Steelers, Packers, and Vikings.

Three out of the four teams that I mentioned have some of the best pass rush defenses in the league right now. The Colts remaining schedule is relatively easy, and they should finish the season with a 12-4 record, however; they are under 500 right now with a 1-2 record. One of the main reasons why they are under 500 is because of their offensive line’s inability to protect Andrew Luck.

Two weeks ago when the Colts faced the Denver Broncos, linebacker Von Miller had a field day blazing through the Colts offensive line and sacking Andrew Luck to secure the victory for the Broncos. The only way the Texans can have a fighters chance of repeating as AFC South champions are if linebacker Jadeveon Clowney can fill the role that Watt left behind.

In the past two seasons, Clowney has not been able to stay healthy which led some Texans fans to have doubts about Clowney’s potential as an impact player in the National Football League. If Clowney can resemble the player that everyone thought they would see coming out of college two years ago, then the Colts could have a serious problem on their hands.

For right now, the verdict is still out on Clowney, and we will find out if he is the real deal in the following weeks of the Texans 2016 season. The Colts next two opponents are the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Chicago Bears; they should easily win against both ball clubs.

The Week 6 matchup against the Texans will determine if the Colts will run away with the AFC South this season. There is no J.J. Watt in the division to harass Andrew Luck and the Colts o-line this season; it’s up to them to take advantage of the opportunity that’s in front of them right now.


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Derrick Branch is the founder and lead writer of Tops Sports.Com. He is a die-hard sports fan and keeps it 100 on all things that involve the NFL, NBA, NCAA Football.
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