J.J. Watt Trash Talking of Saints' Offensive Line Comes Back to Haunt Him Four Years Later

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 23:Defensive end J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans looks on in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles  at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Saints prevailed in a Superdome shootout against the Houston Texans, 30-28, on Monday Night Football in Week 1. Noticeably silent in the game was Texans' star defensive end and All-Pro J.J. Watt, who failed to record a tackle, let alone a sack, against the Saints.

The performance was quickly noted by many on Twitter as a taste of karma for Watt, who suggested the Saints, "might want to try somebody else at right tackle" to replace Zach Strief in 2015. Watt seemingly made Strief into a turnstile in a matchup between the two teams four years ago, collecting two sacks on Drew Brees as a result.

The Saints have apparently found that new right tackle in Ryan Ramczyk, who they selected with the No. 32 overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Ramczyk made the All-Rookie Team in his first year, and was named second team All-Pro in his sophomore season. Ironically, both Watt and Ramczyk are former Wisconsin Badgers as well, with each name leaving a lasting impression on the Badger faithful during their respective tenures in Madison.

Watt had arguably one of his worst games as a pro in Week 1, failing to create pressure against the Saints' offensive line and being shut out for the first time in his NFL career. He's also likely to be even more susceptible to double teams now that Jadeveon Clowney is in Seattle. The Texans collected just one sack against the Saints via linebacker Whitney Mercilus, who also had an interception in the game.

Next up for the Texans in Week 2 is a divisional matchup at home with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Both teams will be in desperation mode for a win following Week 1 losses, as the Tennessee Titans currently sit atop the AFC South at 1-0.

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