HOUSTON (KTRK) -- The Houston Texans have not played in a football game the counted since December 28, 2014. In a few days, all of that changes as the Texans host the chiefs at NRG Stadium.
A new sense of hope is sweeping over Houston. And J.J. Watt says he anxious for Sunday.
"It's like an animal in a cage. You know you rattle the cage and hope they unlock it, maybe the lock falls off," he said. "You hope somehow you're going to get out of the cage and I think on Sunday they're finally going to open up the cage for me and I can't wait. I'm pretty hungry."
Alex Smith and the Chiefs might want the Texans to keep Watt locked up a little bit longer. Last season, Watt had 20 and a half sacks along with 78 combined tackles.
Watt isn't the only guy eager to get back on the field. Jadeveon Clowney says he is counting down the days and he can't wait to get back.
"I'm just counting down, just ready to get out there and play and looking forward to get out there again it's been a long time and I'm just excited," said last year's top overall pick.
If Clowney plays on Sunday, if will be first game he has played in since November 23, 2014. Clowney is trying to return after having season ending surgery on his right knee last year.
During the offseason, Texans Coach Bill O'Brien seemed excited about the potential of the Texans defense this year and Watt shares in his excitement.
"Can't wait to play real football with this defense in a game in front of our home crowd," said Watt. "I've been trying to tell some of the new guys, you've got Rahim and Vince, what the atmosphere is like on a Sunday. You can't even really put it into words.. we can't wait to get out there."
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