The Houston Texans sit at 3-3, just six games after earning the top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
And they have J.J. Watt, the likely recipient of the 2014 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
They've gotten great production out of their running game, anchored by veteran yards-from-scrimmage machine Arian Foster, who's fourth in the NFL in that stat.
And they have J.J. Watt, easily the best edge-rusher in the league.
First-year coach Bill O'Brien is managing a "whole is greater than sum of parts" team that hasn't played its best game yet this season. They took the Cowboys to overtime and lost a tough game in Week 6 to the Indianapolis Colts.
J.J. Watt has become the most imposing defensive player in the game.
Deciding who we'd want from the Texans' roster (Watt) is a matter of some careful deliberation (Watt) amid some intense film study (Watt, Watt, WATT). The result of that study leads us to only one conclusion.
They have J.J. Watt, simply stated, the best player in the National Football League.
Sure, De'Andre Hopkins is a fine player, as is Foster. Top pick Jadeveon Clowney has boatloads of potential. There was a time linebacker Brian Cushing would have looked nice in black and gold, and left tackle Duane Brown would fit particularly well in the Steelers' offense. But if you were to take the best players at every position in the league, and perhaps in every other major sport as well, none of them (with the exception of maybe Sidney Crosby) have as wide a gap between them and the second-best player as Watt does.
And he's having perhaps his best season to date.
The last time the Steelers played the Texans in 2011, both Watt and Cameron Heyward were rookies, and I remember writing after the game, a loss to drop the Steelers to 2-2 on the season, storm clouds were hanging over Pittsburgh, partially due to the Steelers being in a period of time in which they draft Cameron Heyward (who barely ever got on the field as a rookie) when the other team drafts J.J. Watt, who makes an immediate impact. I pointed out Watt was a future DPOY. I didn't necessarily think he'd turn into the defensive force he has, but the Steelers have not and will not face a player as good as Watt this year.
The Houston Texans have J.J. Watt, and there's absolutely no way anyone should prefer any other player from this team.