Another week, another award for the best player in the NFL today, J.J. Watt. Once again, he walks away with the AFC Defensive Player of the Week Award. From the press release:
* Watt registered a team-high 10 tackles, forced one fumble and tied a career-best with three sacks in the Texans' 29-17 win over Indianapolis.
* Watt tied his career high with his third sack of the game when he tackled Colts quarterback ANDREW LUCK for a four-yard loss in the fourth quarter. Watt previously posted three sacks in Week 12 at Detroit (11/22).
* Forced a fumble for the third consecutive game when he stripped Colts running back MEWELDE MOORE at the Texans' one-yard line in the second quarter.
* Helped hold the Colts to a 13 percent (one of eight) conversion rate on third downs.
* With the win, Houston clinched the AFC South title for the second consecutive season.
* In his second season from Wisconsin, this is Watt's second career Defensive Player of the Week Award. He previously won the award in Week 2 this season.
* Watt's two AFC Defensive Player of the Week awards are the most by an AFC Defensive player this season.
Let's not forget, of course, that the NFL is still a half sack short on these counts.
Look, it's simply time to drop any pretense that there's some sort of "race" for the Defensive Player of the Year, and SWatt deserves to be in the thick of the MVP conversation.
Congrats to J.J. and this well deserved award. I won't mention Bryan Braman being overlooked for the Special Teams version. Oops.