HOUSTON, TX- SEPTEMBER 09: J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans tips the ball while Brian Cushing #56 of the Houston Texans comes up with the interception against the Miami Dolphins during the season opener at Reliant Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
During a 30-10 loss to the Texans in Week 1, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw three interceptions and no touchdowns. However, it wasn't the Houston cornerbacks that were taking advantage of the rookie quarterback, but a slew of tipped passes that caused the bad day for Tannehill.
Six tipped passes by the Houston defensive line led to two of his three interceptions and were a huge proponent for 21 consecutive points scored by the Texans just before halftime to bury the Dolphins. It'll be something that the Texans will continue to try to do against Blaine Gabbert on Sunday.
Texans cornerback Jonathan Joseph said Thursday that defensive lineman J.J. Watt has a knack for knocking balls down like no player he's seen before. "Yeah, yeah we work on it a lot with Wade [Phillips, defensive coordinator] and with our defensive line coach Bill Kollar," Watt said about tipped passes in a conference call with Jacksonville media on Wednesday. "Every single day we're working. We have a drill that we do and then obviously in our defensive team drills we're constantly trying to get our hands on the football because we know how big of an advantage it can be."
Gabbert managed to avoid being intercepted in his 2012 debut, and to remain turnover-free, he'll have to find throwing lanes and avoid the 6'5 Watt along with the rest of the Houston defensive line on Sunday.