Houston Texans vs. Chicago Bears: J.J. Watt draws praise from teammate Connor Barwin

Scott Halleran

The Bears' inconsistent offensive line faces a stiff test this weekend against J.J. Watt and the Texans.

The Chicago Bears will have their hands full with Houston Texans defensive tackle J.J. Watt in Sunday's game between two of the NFL's best teams. Watt's teammate, Connor Barwin, gave Bears fans a taste of what they'll see on ESPN 1000's "Carmen, Jurko & Harry" on Wednesday, via ESPN Chicago:

"The biggest compliment I can give J.J. is in my four years he's probably the most instinctual player that I've been around. He just has a real knack for getting to the ball. Usually you find that with inside linebackers or safeties. You don't usually see that from a defensive tackle."

Watt has accumulated 39 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a league-leading 10.5 sacks in just eight games for the NFL's third-ranked defense. The second-year pro out of Wisconsin played in all 16 games as a rookie in 2011, registering 56 tackles, 5.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and a blocked kick.

The Bears' offensive line has allowed quarterback Jay Cutler to be sacked 28 times this season, which is third-most in the NFL. That could prove to be a problem against Watt and the Texans, who are tied for third in the league with 25 sacks.

Kickoff between the Bears and Texans is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. CT on Sunday night, and the game will be televised on NBC.

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