"You have to account for him," Bortles said. "You have to do different things. You have to slide the protection to him or get back help chipping him. But you can't think about that as a quarterback. You can't wonder where he's at and when he's coming. You just have to make reads and make a throw. If he gets there, he gets there."
He was, of course, talking about Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who notched the third three-sack game of his career in the Texans' 27-13 win. He also batted one of Bortles' passes.
I couldn't help but wonder if the reason Bortles noted that a quarterback can't wonder where Watt is and when he's coming was that Bortles did just that during the game. Watt certainly spent a lot of time chasing after the rookie.
Watt's harassment of quarterbacks has a big impact on the Texans' win-loss record. ESPN Stats & Info tracks a statistic called disrupted dropbacks, which includes sacks, batted passes and interceptions.
When Watt is so productive in harassing quarterbacks, with at least three disrupted dropbacks, the Texans win. They are 10-2 in those games.
In his career, Watt has 12 games with at least three disrupted dropbacks -- he had four on Sunday including the sacks and a batted pass. That's yet another feat that sets him apart from his peers. No other player has more than six games with three or more disrupted dropbacks since Watt entered the league.
And while the Texans win more than 80 percent of their games when Watt has three or more disrupted dropbacks, they are 21-28 when he has fewer than three.