Pass rush delight set for Sunday at NRG Stadium

The defensive-minded are in for a treat with Sunday's Chiefs at Texans matchup.

"If you like pass rushing, people will like it," defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said on Wednesday.

Kansas City features Tamba Hali and Justin Houston at outside linebacker. The former has 79.5 sacks in eight NFL seasons, while the latter led the League in sacks with 22 last year.

Duane Brown will likely see more of Hali on Sunday, and the left tackle called the duo "very great pass

rushers". The 8-year veteran knows his hands will be full, and explained why.

"Both rush extremely hard, have a lot of talent, great motors, and they also have other key players besides those two rushers that helped them be successful," Brown said. "They don't just straight rush all the time, they do a good job of scheming up blitzes to counter your protections." 

The Texans, meanwhile, get a chance to put Jadeveon Clowney to work for the first time since November. The 2014 first overall pick has looked strong since his return from microfracture surgery on his knee. His coupling with the game's greatest player in J.J. Watt gives Houston a potentially devastating one-two punch in the pass rushing department.

"Obviously two great pass rushers that make my job a lot easier," cornerback Johnathan Joseph said. "I'm looking forward to having both those guys out there for an extended period of time."

For Watt, the only player in NFL history who's twice finished with 20 or more sacks in a season, the Houston/Hali combo is one he appreciates.

"They've been able to do some incredible things," Watt said. "You do, you watch other pass rushers and you enjoy watching somebody at their craft excel. I just hope they don't excel that well on Sunday that's all." 

O'Brien has said multiple times over the last few weeks that Clowney won't play the entire game, and will be on a bit of a 'pitch count'. For however long he's in the game, though, Clowney said his goals are simple.

"Make plays, man, do whatever my team needs me to do," Clowney said. "Just really go out there and make plays, and be accountable, and just help, help win."

The Texans and Chiefs kick off at noon CT Sunday at NRG Stadium.

The Houston Texans roster in photos. (Updated 4/8/2021)

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