October 14, 2012
During the Ravens' 20-13 AFC divisional playoff win, the offensive line struggled against defensive end J.J. Watt, pictured, and outside linebacker Brooks Reed.
And that's when they were rookies.
They combined for five sacks, 20 tackles, five quarterback hurries and four tackles for loss in the Texans 20-13 loss to the Ravens.
They primarily rushed against Michael Oher and Pro Bowl offensive guard Marshal Yanda in that game. Yanda wasn't 100 percent that game, but Oher struggled without being injured.
Watt lines up all over the place to exploit whatever mismatches Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips identifies.
Watt has 9 1/2 sacks to lead the NFL along with a team-high 48 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 15 quarterback hits, eight pass deflections and two fumble recoveries. He's been unblockable.
Reed has 25 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and a forced fumble. Last season, he had six sacks and 44 tackles.
Reed plays with a relentless approach to the game rivaled by Watt.
Between them, they're likely to give the Ravens some matchup issues again.