When the two teams last faced each other in October 2012, the Texans won 43-13 at Reliant Stadium without
“Brian’s a force in the middle, run and pass, and pass coverage and pass rush,” Harbaugh said. “He had the interception for the touchdown to kind of cap things off. But when he blitzes and he brings it up the middle and he adds on the blitzes, he’s a force to be reckoned with. He’s just such a powerful, strong, explosive guy. Then, in the run game, he’s kind of tackle-to-tackle and really sideline-to-sideline, but he plays off of (DE) J.J. (Watt) so well in what they in terms of the gap control and the different things they do to change things up schematically. They just really fit well together.”
Cushing, who has 24 tackles, two sacks and one pick-six on the season, appreciates the recognition but says he has a lot more to accomplish.
According to NFL play-by-plays, Watt was officially part of 95 plays that resulted in zero or negative yards in 2012. Against the Ravens last season, he recorded two tackles, one quarterback hurry, and two passes defensed. To account for the interference Watt creates in passing lanes, coaches have been forced to prepare for him. The Ravens are no exception.
“Oh, gosh yeah,” Harbaugh said of Watt’s impact on the game. “You really can’t believe it until you see it. I don’t think we really had a great understanding of it last year until we experienced it, what a force he is. Yeah, I can tell that they (Texans) do a great job coaching. The rush isn’t it, it’s the whole defense, it’s not just the D-line, but when they get blocked, they all get hands up and they try to find the quarterback’s eyes and intentions, and try to get a hand up in the passing lane. He just happens to probably be the best at it because he’s just so big and athletic.”
Harbaugh could also see a familiar face on defense Sunday. As for the possibility