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In 2012, J.J. Watt nearly unanimously won NFL defensive player of the year, thanks to video-game-on-easy numbers (and, as a result, the success of his Houston Texans). Is the 24-year-old already the best defensive lineman in football? Or will the rest of the pack catch up in 2013? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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NFL DLs in 2013

Jared Allen

Jared Allen

Vikings
2012: 45 tackles, 12 sacks, FF

Geno Atkins

Geno Atkins

Bengals
2012: 53 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 4 FF

Elvis Dumervil

Elvis Dumervil

Ravens
2012: 54 tackles, 11.0 sacks, 6 FF

Chris Long

Chris Long

Rams
2012: 33 tackles, 11.5 sacks

Haloti Ngata

Haloti Ngata

Ravens
2012: 51 tackles, 5 sacks

Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers

Bears
2012: 39 tackles, 11.5 sacks, FF

Jason Pierre-Paul

Jason Pierre-Paul

Giants
2012: 66 tackles, 6.5 sacks, FF

B.J. Raji

B.J. Raji

Packers
2012: 26 tackles

Justin Smith

Justin Smith

49ers
2012: 66 tackles, 3 sacks

Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh

Lions
2012: 35 tackles, 8 sacks

J.J. Watt

J.J. Watt

Texans
2012: 81 tackles, 20.5 sacks, 4 FF

Cameron Wake

Cameron Wake

Dolphins
2012: 53 tackles, 15 sacks, 3 FF

DeMarcus Ware

DeMarcus Ware

Cowboys
2012: 56 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 5 FF

Vince Wilfork

Vince Wilfork

Patriots
2012: 48 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 2 FF

Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams

Vikings
2012: 30 tackles, 2.0 sacks

Mario Williams

Mario Williams

Bills
2012: 46 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 2 FF

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The Houston Texans suffered two huge losses on Sunday. After nearly coming back against the inspired Oakland Raiders, only to lose on an interception in the end zone in the final seconds, they received the news that star LB Mario Williams will be out indefinitely with a torn pectoral muscle. The Texans have been hampered by injuries to their star players this year. WR Andre Johnson will likely miss Sunday's game against the Ravens, and RB Arian Foster is suffering through hamstring problems. But is Williams' exit the death knell for Houston's shaky playoff chances?


Has Williams lived up to his pick?

The Texans faced a lot of criticism after selecting Williams over Reggie Bush in the 2006 NFL draft. Five years later, Williams is the cornerstone of the Texans' defense, while Bush isn't even a primary back anymore.

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Which player is the most fearsome?

Though offenses have been performing at record levels so far, it's still possible for big-time defensive players to make an impact. Ndamukong Suh has been showing people how it's done so far, but is he more dominant than Williams?

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Johnson, Schaub or Williams?

Williams is part of a starring trio that has carried the Texans to a 3-2 (and nearly 4-1) record in their first five games. QB Matt Schaub will be around next week, but both Williams and Andre Johnson will probably be out.

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If you're going to sign a guy to a six-year, $63 million contract, do it the day after a team gave the same contract to a quarterback who never started a game in college.

A moral of limited use in your everyday life? Perhaps, but that's apparently the lesson SportsNation is offering in the wake of the Ravens' keeping pass-rusher extraordinaire Terrell Suggs in the fold for the next six seasons (hypothetically, at least, given the nature of NFL contracts; let's just say voters aren't sure he'll be around in 2015).

But if the 'Nation thinks Suggs is a safer investment than Matt Cassel, does it mean he's one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL? Because if that's the only qualification, Citibank might be one of the NFL's best pass-rushers.

ashy-larry

D. Ware is smiling from ear to ear right now. He should send Suggs a thank you card.

-- Ashy-Larry
sfirx

That's a lot of pressure to perform. You know the more you earn the more the company and people expect from you, except if you're a CEO of a company that deals with mortgages, stocks, or any other financial institution.

-- sfirx

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