Texans prepare for talented rookie Luck

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm •  Published: December 13, 2012
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The Texans, who are experts at batting down passes, definitely noticed those numbers.

"It's our goal always to create turnovers," Watt said. "We know what that does for momentum. We know how good our offense is, so we want to get them the ball as many times as possible, so we're always looking to create turnovers."

Watt has batted down 15 passes this season. He's the only player since the league began tracking passes defensed in 1991 to have at least 15 sacks and 15 passes defensed in a single season.

Some teams have used brooms or other sticks in practice to try and replicate what it's like to throw against Watt when preparing for the Texans. But Indianapolis interim coach Bruce Arians said he just used his tallest players and had them put their hands up in front of Luck this week in practice.

"I've seen ladders, brooms, everything, and balls still get batted in games," Arians said. "They're so good at disengaging when they're not going to get to the quarterback and getting in that throwing lane that it's really hard to replicate."

The Texans plan to use a variety of tactics to try and make Luck uncomfortable on Sunday. But from what they've seen from him so far, they know that will be difficult.

"You always want to try to rattle the quarterback," nose tackle Shaun Cody said. "(But) his progression has been so fast where he started the year and where he is now. He's obviously better. We want to rattle him and get to him, but I think he's learned from the mistakes he's made in the past so It'll definitely be a challenge for us."

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