Trying to put J.J. Watt's amazing season in some historical perspective.
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To that end, they've team up with SB Nation and launched a six-week DEBATEATHONAGEDDON.
Each week, Gillette will pose a question similar to this week's: "Who is the most dominant player, both on the field and in EA Sports Madden NFL 13?" Then we will take that question, filter it through the BRB-colored lens, and pose it to you, the fans of the greatest team in the world, to debate in the comments below.
This week's BRB version: Where does J.J. Watt's 2012 season rank among some of the all-time most dominant seasons by defensive players?
Off the top of my head, some other contenders would be:
Reggie White, 1987: 21.0 sacks (in 12 games!), 4 FF, 1 TD
Lawrence Taylor, 1986: 20.5 sacks, 2 FR
Deacon Jones, 1968: 26 sacks (unofficial) (in 14 games)
Deion Sanders, 1994: 6 INT, 303 INT returns yards, 3 TD
Ray Lewis, 1999: 131 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 3 INT, 1 safety
Jared Allen, 2007: 15.5 sacks, 10 PD, 3 FF
I'm obviously missing some others, but, to my mind, J.J.'s dominance is just south of what Deacon Jones did in 1968 (and 1969), but ahead of the rest of these guys.