Week 14 of the NFL season is already upon us, yet for Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt, he's still earning rewards from his play in a week 13 victory over the Tennessee Titans (24-10). It's almost like catching a much needed ace on the flop to win the final table at partycasino.com.
The NFL announced on Thursday that it would credit Watt with a sack of Titans quarterback Jake Locker, bringing his total on the year to 16.5. Initially ruled as a team sack and fumble, the NFL decided the sack should go to Watt after reviewing the film. It statistically marks his second of the game and sixth over the past three weeks.
Watt remains second in the NFL in sacks, behind only San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (17.5 sacks), and on pace to finish the season with 22 sacks – a half a sack shy of the NFL record, which was set by former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan (22.5 in 2001).
In addition to his 16.5 sacks, Watt has 15 passes defended, making him the only player in NFL history to record 15 or more sacks and 15 or more passes defended in the same season.
This coming Monday night, Watt and the Texans face off against the AFC East leading New England Patriots. It's a game that could determine the top seed in the AFC, and Pats head coach Bill Belichick knows Watt will likely have an important role in the outcome.
“That’s a career number for a lot of defensive lineman – 15 in one season is remarkable really,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said of Watt this week. “Of course he’s long and he’s athletic but he does have great instincts to get in the passing lane.”
Watt has been a menace all season, and finds himself not only in the discussion for NFL Defensive Player of the Year, but also league's Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
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