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Why Jadeveon Clowney is playing at a high level

Jadeveon Clowney may have put up the best statistical game of his career in Sunday's 37-34 overtime win at Indianapolis. For his performance, the NFL named Clowney the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

"Very happy about it," Clowney said. "I hope I can go ahead and do it again this week."

Head coach Bill O'Brien attributes Clowney's on-field success to one key factor – health.  

"I think he feels good," O'Brien said. "I think JD, body-wise, when he feels good, he's hard to handle."

Clowney agrees. The two-time Pro Bowler said he has been working on his hands and turning corners better, now four years removed from his season-ending microfracture knee surgery.

"It feels great," Clowney said. "I've been through a lot and the day I walked in here, the first game ever I get hurt, battled back, got hurt again, battled back. Just keep battling. My back's against the wall. Just keep battling, competing and showing up. That's the way I live and that's what I'm going to keep bringing every week, hopefully."

The fifth-year defensive end/outside linebacker tied his single-game career high in sacks (2.0), quarterback hits (4), tackles for loss (4) and scored a touchdown on his fumble recovery in the first quarter against the Colts. He became the first player to record 2.0 sacks, four tackles for loss and one fumble recovery returned for a touchdown in multiple games since tackles for loss became an official NFL statistic.

Despite a defensive touchdown and a key sack in overtime on the Colts final drive, Clowney does not know if Sunday's game was the best of his NFL career. However, he does know he is on the right track to having more games like it in the future.  

"I'm just trying to get better week by week, play by play, and just keep competing at a high level," he said. "That's all you can ask for in this league, getting better week by week and compete. That's what I'm trying to do."

Clowney, who missed the Sept. 16 game at Tennessee, has already accumulated nine tackles (including eight solo), 2.0 sacks, five tackles for loss, four quarterback hits and one fumble recovery through three games this season.

The Texans will host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football in Week 5. Kickoff is set for 7:20 p.m. CT on NBC and SportsRadio 610.

The Houston Texans traveled over to Lucas Oil Stadium to defeat the Indianapolis Colts for Week 4 of the 2018 NFL season.

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