T.J. Watt is the AFC defensive player of the month

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The Steelers have gotten a lot of help from their defense as they’ve climbed back into the playoff race after a rough start to the season and one member of that unit got recognized as the AFC’s defensive player of the month on Thursday.

Linebacker T.J. Watt snagged the award. Watt has recorded at least a half-sack in each of Pittsburgh’s last nine games and the team has gone 7-2 over that span. He posted 6.5 sacks over the last five weeks to help his case for the monthly honors.

Watt also forced a pair of fumbles, made five tackles for loss and 16 overall tackles over that span.

Watt has 12.5 sacks on the year, which leaves him 3.5 sacks behind James Harrison for the Steelers’ single-season record. It’s also made him a candidate for defensive player of the year and he’d join his brother J.J. as recipients of that prize if he winds up winning the award this year.

15 responses to “T.J. Watt is the AFC defensive player of the month

  1. My only gripe is both he and Bud Dupree often lose outside contain because they are trying to get up field too fast. That RB slips in behind them and they are out of position to make a play.

  2. My only gripe is both he and Bud Dupree often lose outside contain because they are trying to get up field too fast. That RB slips in behind them and they are out of position to make a play.

    Yes. This defense has shown some vulnerability against the run. They get enough stuffs at the line to cover for it, but they’ve given up way too many 7 and 8 yard runs. If teams are patient enough they can grind it out and neutralize the pass-rush. Especially if the offense isn’t able to pull away.

  3. My only gripe is both he and Bud Dupree often lose outside contain because they are trying to get up field too fast. That RB slips in behind them and they are out of position to make a play.

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    That has always been the weakness in the 3-4 defense Harrison being an exception. A much bigger problem has been giving up those runs right up the middle IMO.

  4. I remember when the Packers let TJ Watt slide right by them and picked some DB who isn’t even on the team anymore instead. problem with the Packers w/Rodgers and Clay Matthews. They’re so insecure the team wasn’t allowed to acquire any players who might challenge them or steal their spotlight.

  5. problem with the Packers w/Rodgers and Clay Matthews. They’re so insecure the team wasn’t allowed to acquire any players who might challenge them or steal their spotlight.
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    That’s the dumbest thing I’ve read in awhile. Thanks for the laugh.

    Thompson did make a huge mistake passing on this guy though and I remember being furious on draft night.

  6. pkrlvr says:
    December 5, 2019 at 10:28 am
    problem with the Packers w/Rodgers and Clay Matthews. They’re so insecure the team wasn’t allowed to acquire any players who might challenge them or steal their spotlight.
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    That’s the dumbest thing I’ve read in awhile. Thanks for the laugh.
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    Dumb? then prove me wrong. name the top drafted players or name free agent QB’s to backup Rodgers, or any other star OLB for the Packers while Clay Matthews played?

  7. He looked dominant against the Swiss cheese Browns offensive line so let’s pump the brakes a little on the calls for DPOY.

  8. Which month? December? Cause giving up three TDs to the Browns in Cleveland isn’t exactly a defensive milestone. SMH.

  9. Dumb? then prove me wrong. name the top drafted players or name free agent QB’s to backup Rodgers, or any other star OLB for the Packers while Clay Matthews played?
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    You seriously think the Packers didn’t draft good players because their stars were too insecure? Ridiculous.

  10. TJ has been dominate all year long. His motor never stops. And the fact that he was a tight end in college for a while gives him an advantage in pass coverage as well. I’m damn glad he’s a Pittsburgh Steeler.

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