Fresh off winning the AFC South, and preparing for the playoffs, the Houston Texans will need their defense to continue making plays in order to make a deep playoff run. The Texans’ defensive play was sensational for the season, finishing as the top total defense in the NFL, allowing just 301.3 total net yards per game. As a team, the Texans were relentless in bringing pressure to opposing QBs, and performed at a high level despite missing a 2-time defensive player of the year and face of the franchise in J.J. Watt.
The defensive unit was also aided by the play of safety Quintin Demps, who led all NFL safeties with 6 interceptions on the season. Demps provided a stabilizing force on the back end of the defense, and his play has garnered the attention of the rest of the league.
Demps was recognized by the league this week by receiving the AFC Defensive Player of the Month Award for the month of December. In those 5 December games played, Demps recorded 22 tackles, had 6 passes defended, and recorded 4 interceptions. The effort of Demps helped the team hold opposing teams to an average of 267.4 net yards per game in December, and helped the team finish with a 3-2 record.
Looking ahead to the Texans’ wild card game against the Oakland Raiders, the team will rely on Quintin Demps, and the contributions of the rest of the defense, to confuse Raiders’ rookie QB Connor Cook into making mistakes as the Texans look for their first playoff win since the 2012 season on Saturday.
Jared Wingate is a local Dallas resident who is passionate about everything football! He is also a Broadcast Journalism major, and lead writer for the Houston Texans on Pro Football Spot. Subscribe and follow him on Twitter @wingate_jared.