J.J. Watt wins AFC defensive player of week honors

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Texans defensive end J.J. Watt helped his team overcome a disappointing loss, and picked up another award in the process.

Watt earned AFC defensive player of the week honors for the second time this year, after his three-sack performance against the Colts last week.

Watt also had 10 tackles and forced a fumble in the Texans’ 29-17 win over the Colts, which helped ease the sting of the thrashing they took from the Patriots the week before.

Watt has 19.5 sacks on the season, putting him within range of Michael Strahan’s single-season record of 22.5.

If he gets there, it will be despite the fact he doesn’t play a pure pass-rush position, which will make it one of the most impressive seasons by a defensive player in recent memory.

8 responses to “J.J. Watt wins AFC defensive player of week honors

  1. As a Steelers fan I’ve always had an appreciation for how playing D-Line in a 3-4 is traditionally not a very sexy position. You occupy blockers so that the LBs can make plays on the ball – it’s not a job where you get a lot of stats.

    Watching the effect that Watt has been able to have on games from that position even further magnifies what an amazing season he is having. Should be the DPOY in my opinion (with apologies to Aldon Smith, Von Miller, and company).

  2. Watt was blocked by multiple players and often chipped by a back or TE in the game against the Patriots and he still leveled Brady multiple times. Watt hurried Brady all night and made an awesome play running down Woodhead and forcing the fumble (lucky bounce and recovery Patriots). Watt opened lanes for every other defender and they just didn’t capitalize. To say the Patriots stopped him in that game is downright foolish.

  3. If he breaks the record, and the Texans get the number one spot in the AFC, the he should get the league MVP award. Both Manning and Brady are having great years, but this would arguably be the best performance of a defensive lineman EVER and he will have been instrumental in helping his to team to the best record in the NFL.

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