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Watt Lights It Up as MVP Candidate

Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle

Tom Brady has defeated Peyton Manning this season. But Brady didn’t beat Manning personally. How could he? They were never on the field together except to shake hands after Brady’s Patriots whipped Manning’s Broncos.

That’s what makes Sunday’s matchup between the Texans and the Vikings so out of the ordinary. Rarely are two Most Valuable Player candidates afforded the opportunity to state their case directly to the other, because, in the 21st century, defensive players usually get only passing mention when MVP conversations occur. But the Texans’ J.J. Watt, in just his second season, is shaking things up. He’s messing with conventional wisdom.

Should the NFL’s co-sack leader (191/2) and all-around disruptive force...

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